I blog about learning technology at the University of Nottingham Learning Technology Blog. This month one of my posts covers how to get a screenshot from anything you see on your screen. I cover why you might want to create a screenshot, e.g., to demonstrate something to someone or to
Category Archives: digital literacy
Today is the 20th anniversary of my first steps on the Internet. On 27th November 1995 I joined the Internet, by subscribing to Pipex Dial. My username was ga42 and it cost £15 plus VAT for a month’s dial-up internet. I know this because I found the bill earlier this
The recent change from stars to hearts on Twitter aroused a great deal of furore. Many users hated the change for a variety of reasons – some users thought hearts “cissy”, others think ‘Likes’ are a Facebook thing. Some users, like me, felt that Favorite and Like are different things.
On Tuesday in #fos4l we were asked about a scenario involving a floundering online learner. The scenario resonated a lot with me (even as a student on #FOS4L!). I have thought quite extensively about the isolation of the online learner, both in the past and more recently when planning MOOCs
I took part in the Twitter chat today under the hashtag #foschat. My question was on how to deal with overwhelm. I consider myself pretty digitally literate. I have run a social media company: I have blogged and tweeted for a living. I have blogged since before the word became
This series of posts is to help me and anyone else with those little tasks you forget how to do next time you do them… (Or maybe it’s just memory problems while getting older!)
I often need to change a file extension, e.g., from a txt file to a csv (in order to be able to upload into Moodle, usually). Here’s how to do it:
Go to the folder where the file is and in the folder controls go to
organize > Folder and Search Options.
Click the View tab.
Uncheck the box titled “Hide extensions for known file types”.
And that’s it – the extensions are revealed and you can change one (with caution of course).
This looks useful form Jisc: the Developing Digital Literacies infoKit which includes practical guidance, tools and approaches to digital literacies as well as top tips for different groups involved in digital literacy work and a set of illustrative case studies. Drawing on Jisc’s Developing Digital Literacies work, the Infokit
Every time a new technology comes along, it take s time to really utilise its potential because we view it through the lens of previous technologies. This was the “digital artifact” I submitted for the assessment of EDCMOOC, the Coursera MOOC I did recently. It was well received, although obviously
I’ve signed up for the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Change: Education, Learning, and Technology change.mooc.ca. I’ve tried these courses before and (inevitably?) dropped out due to pressure of time. I plan this time to participate at a level which matches my schedule, so that I dip in and
Epic failures in vision happen to the most sage people sometimes… Thomas Watson, “The world will never need any more than about 5 computers.” Western Union, “The telephone has too many shortcomings to make it a useful tool for communications.” Marshall Foche “Airplanes are interesting, but of no real military