This week I’ve been:
- Creating two new grids for Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard work with the community. The first one’s here and the second (updated) one is still just on Flickr at the moment.
- Planning my PELeCON keynote presentation. You have no idea how long it takes to collate, choose and organise animated GIFs.
- Hosting the weekly Web Literacy standard community call. You can catch up here.
- Catching up with people like Laura Hilliger, Tim Riches, Lucy Neale and StJohn Smith.
- Editing the Wikipedia article for Open Badges. Only a bit, though. Must revisit.
- Moderating a Connected Learning TV webinar featuring Liz Lawley and her work around a ‘gaming layer’ for students and academics.
- Travelling to Plymouth by train, plane and automobile (literally) for PELeCON.
- Attending, keynoting and running a workshop at PELeCON. The animated GIFs from my keynote aren’t so animated on Slideshare, so you may want to try this Evernote notebook. Photos are here (when they’ve finished uploading)
Next week I’m in Sweden keynoting and running a workshop at the Swedish equivalent of BETT. Better get planning…
This week I’ve been:
- Attending SXSWedu all week in Austin, Texas. I’ve blogged about that here.
- Presenting at SXSWedu. Slides for the session Kathleen Stokes and I ran on ‘Supporting a Generation of Digital Makers’ can be found on Slideshare.
- Co-ordinating the work around Mozilla’s work with the community around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. You can find the recording from this week’s call here.
Next week I’m working from home on Monday and Tuesday and then heading to Chicago on Wednesday for the DML Conference. Excitingly, we’ll be launching v1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure! Also, as I’m not speaking there I’m looking forward to the snow subsiding and the green river for St. Patrick’s Day!
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TELIC1: The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies from Doug Belshaw on Vimeo.
I was asked to do virtually keynote for Sheffield Hallam University’s TELIC student conference. You can see the result here or embedded above. Slides can be found here (over 10,000 views in 24 hours after being featured on the Slideshare homepage!)
In addition, I presented on Open Badges at the JISC RSC Scotland conference on Friday. It was livestreamed so I’m guessing there’ll be a video recording somewhere. Until then, slides here or embedded below!
I came across the work of Cristobal Cobo recently and, in particular, a TEDx talk he gave in Chile last year:
What I like about this presentation is the way Cristobal, as I did in my thesis, focuses upon the importance of context. You can watch the video of him presenting over at his blog.
Interestingly, Cristobal is part of group publishing a book in 2012 called Knowmad Society. I certainly recognise myself in the definition of a ‘knowmad’ they take from Moravec (2008):
[…] a nomadic knowledge worker –that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific in regard to task and place. Moreover, technologies allow for these new paradigm workers to work either at a specific place, virtually, or any blended combination. Knowmads can instantly reconfigure and recontextualize their work environments, and greater mobility is creating new opportunities.
Soon after Grace, my daughter, was born earlier this year I was invited to Australia to keynote the Association of Independent Schools, New South Wales ICT Managers’ Conference. At the time, Grace was having some problems with lactose intolerance and so I couldn’t commit to being the other side of the world. The organisers still wanted me to present and so I produced the above ‘TELL Talk’ on The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies along with giving a 50-minute workshop on the same subject.
It felt a bit strange getting dressed to present at 2am in the morning to co-ordinate with their schedule but the technology worked well and the session seemed to be well-received.
If you’d like me to present either virtually or in person at your conference or event, do check out my presentations section and get in touch!
Update: watch the Zipcast of my presentation here
I’ve been asked several times now how I created the clickable tag cloud on the OER infoKit. To save having to explain myself lots of times (and to make others aware that it’s possible) I created this guide (be sure to click Menu/View Fullscreen):