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Bye Bye Posterous

an empty blog

an empty blog


Following the acquisition of the fabulous Posterous Spaces by Twitter in March 2012, they have now announced that the service will close for good as of April 30th.

My cathywint online persona grew through my blog, and was just the first of many many posterous spaces I used. I had a space for many classes (CELTA, DTELLS, PTLLS) including the most recent Technology For Learning Delivery. Read more ►

Adventures on a sofa with an iPad: CPD in action

Flipboard forms my usual morning reading material, but today I felt a little more like video stimulation, so with Small Wint in school and Big Wint in the office I sat down with coffee and the TED app on my iPad. The first talk to catch my attention was Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online , and although he talks predominantly about journalism I thought some of the themes had connections to discussions we’ve been having in my Technology for Learning Delivery class on online identity and authenticating sources.I shared this link via my Twitter feed.

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Email updates: LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the social media sites that I have an account, spend some time updating my profile and joining groups, but have not really got to grips with. The log in system has always been a bit off putting – I could never remember my password and then the extra security of typing in the ‘code’ never seemed to work for me, so every time I would make a conscious effort to check my account I’d give up at the first hurdle.

I do get regular email updates from the groups I have joined, but over the weeks and months I can’t say that I even bother to read them, they get instantly deleted without so much of a glance. Scanning though my emails today I see one from the HEA digest, saying that I haven’t visited the group recently and to help keep my email tidy they have unsubscribed me from the group’s digest. How very thoughtful of them.

I seem to have a small recollection of similar emails from other groups, which would explain why this is the only update I’m getting. Ho Hum.

Literacy Practices: travelling with tech


I am heading to Coventry for an interview for the LSIS Research Development Fellowship. I am really excited about this opportunity to undertake supported research and I view the £2000 grant that is attached to it as a kind of personal CPD fund. If successful I will need to use some of this money to fund travel to the three day residentials that are planned, as well as the planned dissemination event. I will need to ask what the rest of the money can be spent on, but I assume I would be able to use it to attend other events or pay for cover for my teaching.

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Social Media and Me

September 16, 2012social media
 Jump on the social media bandwagon

Jump on the social media bandwagon

Photo by Matt Hamm Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic

This summer I have joined a new social media site: Pinterest. I haven’t joined a new space in quite a long time, possibly the last one was Google+, which must have been over a year ago and LinkedIn just before that. Neither of which I particularly engage with.

Pinterest seemed pretty straightforward to join and start a board, although my inital plan of pinning places I visited over the summer didn’t actually happen! It does seem that my personal use of social media gets swamped by my professional use, and as I use it so much for work and study that I don’t seem that bothered about engaging for pure leisure stuff! Does that make me a little odd??

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blogging on the train 1 : designing a bottom-up, student-centred, syllabus-driven technology in learning course


Three and a half weeks into a lovely, leisurely non-work summer I’m stretched out in first class heading for a weekend of Olympic Sport-foolery. Small nuggets of Brain Activity have been needling away, so thought I’d jot them down quick and get back to holiday mode.


At the forefront of this Small Brain activity is the Technology in Learning course I will be delivering from January. Discussions at the Doncaster un-conference (  I attended last month centred around learner-led, bottom-up approaches to teaching and learning and one session was on how could the un-conference format be used in other ways.

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My first unconference reflection #1: managing your online presence




I was thrilled to see @kevupnorth leading a session on this, as I’d seen his prezi from the Learning and Teaching Olympics two weeks ago & was sad to have missed his session.


I was initially surprised at the beginning of the session to find the same prezi being used and to realise it this was going to be a more traditional ‘talk from the front’ session, as opposed to the more discussion based sessions I’d attended earlier in the day.

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Themes of the conference. Day one:

Themes of the conference. Day one: 

I picked out five themes during the presentations on the first morning of the conference. 

Attitude: Being online is seen to be about personal and private engagement. Not something with educational benefit #attitude 

Teacher #attitude and engagement with change in pedagogy is vital in integrating ICT & education. Practical solutions lie in innovative practice and engaging teachers-as-learners 

How are digital literacy skills linked to attitudes to engagement with ICT? Analogies:
Analogy 1: being on twitter is like going to town. There is something you need and you might bump into someone you know 

Analogy 2: digital swarming. All moving in the same direction without crashing into each other. Who sets the direction? Shared leadership/followship practical applications:
Can CELTA trainees make good and bad practice videos: for giving instructions, giving feedback, monitoring, how can I link this into feedback? Where is the evidence that there are effective, practical applications to integrating ICT into education? 

How assessment impacts on what is taught and what students ‘want’ to learn 

Social constructivism: the role of social interaction in learning. Asking qus and problem solving using ICT 

Classroom management role of the teacher very important to ensure the ss are guided and directed in their learning. More planning time needed 

Role model:
Technology is unreliable. Model this fact in the classroom to trainee teachers so this can become accepted. 

What is our role as a teacher? The importance of being a role model in attitude and use of ICT for own learning Impact of tutor engaging in the online community of practice on the students engagement with an online community of practice

Themes of conference: day 2

ICT for entertainment – ICT for education & learning platforms Facebook
ICT is predominantly used for entertainment so need to consider how to make the jump from this to include the use for education. In Morocco a significant number of (young) people use FB and so suggested that there needs to be activities and research to investigate how to use this platform for learning.
I’m not sure what I think about this. I use FB as a personal and private place & I am reluctant to engage with this as a learning tool for myself so don’t feel comfortable in asking students to do so. Surely we do need to have some space that is free from formal education?SMS
How to use this facility to engage ss in mobile learning. Making the link from personal use to educational use. One study showed how reading skills we’re improved by sending three txt messages: 1. Text
2. Question
3. Answer

Modelling and staff development:
Engage tutors-as-learners with technology so they can experience ICT as a tool for their own learning. As many tutors bring their own learning experience to their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours as a teacher there needs to be a starting point for them to use technology with their own students. History & change
Quotes were used to demonstrate how change has been perceived through history, including Socrates scorn for the introduction of ‘writing’ would lead to the decline in memory, and the worries about the replacement of bark with slate and the cost implications of this.
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Ten people I follow and why

November 11, 2011social media,

This is in response to the Twitter Challenge: Ten People I Follow and
Why. I’ve been actively tweeting for about 6 months now, although I
spent several weeks as a fascinated observer blown away by the passion
and zeal of so many professionals I finally bit the bullet and started
to contribute too. I now follow about 90 people (just had a small cull)
and have those Small Niggly Doubts about what my 66 followers take from
my micro-rambles. Here are ten people that always make me sit up
slightly when I see their tweets:

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