Twitter – Some people I follow…..

Unlike some of the other social media I use my Twitter profile is heavily work based. The Tweets I send and the people are follow are very much related to my day job within Educational Technology.

Working within a technology field ultimately means things can change and evolve at quite a pace and so having an instant stream of relevant material within twitter can be very useful.

I follow a range of individuals within twitter, ranging from institutional bodies to technology publications. However there are some individual accounts which I also follow, most commonly in a role similar to myself. I’ve listed the ones I’ve found most useful below (in no particular order!), who knows they may interest others in the same way they interest me!

@Edudemic – A dedicated community of educators and technologists looking to enhance learning.

@CathyNDavidson Author Now You See It, Future of Thinking. Duke PhD Lab Digital Knowledge, cofounder @hastac. Technopragmatist. Society, business, the future.

@hopkinsdavid – Learning Technologist interested in eLearning, Blackboard, Digital Literacy, Social Media, eBooks. Author: ‘QR Codes in Education’

@gconole – Professor of learning innovation/Director of ILI Leicester University Learning Design, OER, learner experience, learning theories, methodologies

@thenerdyteacher – 2013 MACUL Technology Using Teacher of the Year/ISTE 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year/#EdcampDetroit Organizer/The ‘Lady Gaga’ of teaching/Nerd

@HybridPed – A digital journal of learning, teaching, & technology / At the intersection of critical & digital pedagogy / Host of #digped chat / Managing Editor @slamteacher

@NMCorg – Organization devoted to exploring the use of new media for teaching, learning & creative inquiry. Founder of the Horizon Report series (#NMChz).

@jessibaker – Designer & Technologist. #IoT#IxD#UX, open data, future of retail, mixing digital with physical & building: @provenanceLDN

@TheNextWeb – International news on technology, business and culture. Follow specific channels in our Twitter lists.

@psychemedia – OU lecturer & OKF data storyteller; Isle of WIght resident and#f1datajunkie

@universityboy – Writing, curating, living and loving higher education. Celebrating the university experience (and beyond). Because life shouldn’t stop when you study. #loveHE

@davecormier – Muller over and spreader of open education ideas. Rhizomatic learner. talker. maker of coffee for @bonstewart can be found at Edtechtalk, Edactive and UPEI

@openculture – The best FREE cultural & educational media on the web. Features free courses, movies, audio books, eBooks & thought-provoking daily posts.

@GdnHigherEd – The Guardian Higher Education Network is an online community for everyone working in, or with, HE. News, views and professional debate.


Horizon Report 2013


This month the 10th Annual edition of the NMC Horizon report was published. The report describes findings from the NMC Horizon project, which aims to identify new trends in technology, innovation and higher education. Emerging technologies are presented across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.

This years key technologies are:

The next 12 months (near-term technology); Tablet computing & MOOCs

The next 2 – 3 years (mid-term technology); Gaming & gamification, learning analytics

The next 4 -5 years (far-term technology); 3D printing & wearable technology

A summary of the report can be found in the video below.

What I did find interesting, and what I have looked at before is the notion of Learning analytics. This is something already being utilised in Higher Education at the moment, for example the OU have already been using learning analytics within some of their Moodle modules. Learning analytics allows content to be personalised to the learner based on past results, speed of clicks, completion of tasks etc. As the report points out a good way to relate to learning analytics is to think of the way in which advertisements online are tailored to the individual as the user, the aim would be for the learning materials / activities to relate to the user in an educational context.

Since working within learning technology I have read the annual Horizon report, it’s a great resource for trends and tools being utilised within education. This years results aren’t that surprising, especially in relation to near-term technology, it renforces the need for developing and designing for tablet & mobile users. A survey in 2012 identified that tablet ownership had more than tripled during the year, a number only set to increase. So in terms of what can be achieved at the moment, inclusion of these devices in relation to learning material is of great relevance.

The Future of Learning in a Networked Society


This week I attended discussion which questioned the role of educators in the future learning society, this discussion prompted me to post about a great documentary I watched over the summer.

Technology is changing the way we learn, we’re using more devices and are becoming increasing connected with the networked society. I feel the way in which we teach should reflect these new ways of learning.

This documentary has been created by Ericsson, I found it interesting as it discusses the Future of Learning in a networked society. (Ericsson envision that there will the 50 billion connected devices in 2020).

This documentary is also informative as it calls on various educational and learning experts to give their thoughts and opinions on the future of learning. I’m not saying that agree with every point being made in the documentary but I feel that it does raise more questions about our networked society, and in addition brings to light different view points and theories.