Why governments, schools and other public institutions should use Github.

I’ve only just got round to watching a TED talk from Clay Shirky entitled How the Internet will (one day) transform government:

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Shirky, as ever, makes some really good points but the key for me is the way how well he explains the significance of Git version control software – perhaps most commonly used via Github. It has democratic features built into its core.

Watch the video through to the end and you’ll understand why we at Mozilla are trying to create a generation of Webmakers – people who can tinker with the web and, by extension, engage in participative, democratic activity.


Try Git

I forgot to mention that you can get a badge for trying Git!


How I use a MacBook Pro (October 2012)

Back in May 2011 I put together a 9-minute screencast showing how I used a (previous work’s) MacBook Pro. That proved reasonably popular with over 18,000 views on YouTube and plenty of comments here. Happily, Stephen Downes picked up on it and shared the way he works.

I thought it was time for an update, not least because I now work for a different organisation and do so from home. I can’t promise that the video screencast above is a comprehensive overview of everything I do, but it reflects what I’m up to right now! Thanks to colleague Laura Hilliger for giving me a nudge to do this. πŸ™‚

Tip: crank the video quality up to 720p and click the arrows to the bottom-right of the embedded YouTube video to go fullscreen!


Digital literacies and why they’re important… for everyone!

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Nigel Robertson (@easegill) works at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. A few weeks back he asked if I’d have time to put together a short video about digital literacies for Digital Literacy @ Waikato Awareness Week.

He asked very nicely, so I looked at my calendar and carved out some time yesterday to put the above video together. It only took about 45 minutes from beginning (shooting the video) to end (starting upload to YouTube). My wife thinks it’s OK so it can’t be too bad!

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My elevator pitch for #openbadges (v0.1 alpha) [VIDEO]

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Today I did a fairly average job of explaining Open Badges to a roomful of people. I need to work on my elevator pitch.

This one from last year by people more eloquent than me is pretty good.

I recorded the above video in one take when I got back home. My reason for recording it was because I want to get better at explaining Open Badges to the uninitiated.


  1. What’s confusing?
  2. Which questions would you ask me after I presented this?
  3. How do I come across?

I find Open Badges such a huge and nuanced thing that I may leave out really obvious stuff. Have a look at http://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges for a deeper dive if I’ve whetted your appetite!


Come and ask me questions LIVE at my Hybrid Days presentation on digital literacies.

I was delighted to be approached a few months ago to be part of the Hybrid Days conference that’s been going on recently. This video gives a useful overview:

What is Hybrid Days? from Hybrid Days on Vimeo.

My presentation is entitled How to Develop Digital Literacies in Yourself and Others and I’ll be delivering it via the official Hybrid Days Livestream channel at 20:00 GMT on Saturday 26th November 2011.

Do join me if you can!