#BYOD4l 2018 Day 4 Collaborating and Community

In celebration of the fact that we have the collaborating and community theme going on today, I did a periscope this morning …. aided by my lovely roomie Rhian…we just did a very quick hello but I thought I would share some thoughts … so

a couple of quick reflections from me …

Save to Camera Roll Settings

I forgot to change my settings to autosave the video to my camera roll ( it will disappear from Persicope after 24hrs) I’ve now done this for the next one …

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As a workaround though, I used this helpful link that I found online http://www.downloadperiscopevideos.com/ which allowed me to copy and paste my periscope URL link ( which I found by searching for my name on  Persiscope TV on my PC ) into a box and then click a button to magically download the file. I then uploaded that resulting file to my You Tube account ..  ( there may be an easier way ! )

Send out a tweet beforehand …

I did however remember to send out a tweet ( but only just ) to let people know

 

Read some stuff

I wish I had read this really helpful article from Donna Moritz ( @sociallysorted) before I did it … I’ve also found this other good article from Mike Paul (pikemalltech.com) that has some tips for educators using Periscope.

 

Periscope is kinda cool with a buddy aka my lovely pal Rhian Ellis(@rhianellis3 ‏)

I may not make this evening’s tweetchat, in full but I will be back tomorrow ! Happy Collaborating ….

#BYOD4L Jan 2017 – My Reflections

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Ok,  reflecting on my experiences with #BYOD4L ( which by my calculation was only last week and yet it feels like a month has gone by already …)  I am a bit torn between missing all the buzz and communciation and feeling thankful for the return to normality ( in a good way of course ..) so that I can try and reflect on it !

So, my experience of facilitating #BYOD4L this time around was on the whole great. I got the opportunity to work with some awesome people again and make some new contacts in the process.  My padlet that I made for the week is here … My only regret is that I don’t feel I did as much as wanted to so I hope that the stuff that I did do was also helpful to other people ( it was certainly helpful to me)

TEAMWORK AND ACTIVITIES

I feel we worked really well as a team …. we had a twitter backchannel and then Chris Jobling set up a new Google Spaces account for us to use but I must confess although I was excited to use that at first I did find that I reverted to the tried and trusted twitter group more often than not. I think perhaps it is better to stick to one backchannel for organisation ? Maybe ?  We also had a Google Hangout to plan the week before the kick off so that was really useful. Everyone in the team is so supportive and if something goes wrong there is always someone that comes to the rescue.  It was really nice meeting new people during the week and getting their take on how the week was progressing as first timer. It was really useful to remind myself of how I felt when I did #BYOD4L initially and how overwhelming it can be. That said personally I have always found that someone could always help me out and find my way out of my confusion !

I took part in most of the Tweetchats and facilitated the Collaboration Tweet Chat with Rebecca Jackson @chasing_ling on Day Four that was great fun. I have definitely found a new friend in Rebecca .. we also collaborated on a joint response to one of the scenarios using a Google Doc.  This is still a work in progress at this moment in time …

My colleague from Swansea Chris Jobling @cpjobling and I also did a live periscope for the Collaborating Day and collaborated with others in the community to develop a padlet of collaborating resources – you can find the recording of the periscope and other links on my padlet

The final day was a chance to work with the #CreativeHE community for the Creating Day – I really enjoyed that as I have been missing being able to do the both of them … Even my daughter wanted to join in with all the fun and games …

All the tweet chats were storified and links can be found on the main #BYOD4L Web page.

NEW SHINY TOOLS

I got to use some great new tools this week :  including Sutori (  a tool I used to tell my story about #BYOD4L experiences) Videoscribe ( a really cool way to do white board animation type stuff) , Podbean, ( a tool for podcasts)  Mentimeter ( this is a fab interactive presentation tool that you can do great collaborative visual word cloud things)  and Symbaloo ( a sort of curated set of tiles for tools).

See now I have just wandered off to find the links  to all the lovely new tools that I got to use  … (see what usually happens is I get distracted and end up not coming back .. lightbulb moment …  make sure you dont get distracted and stick to one thing at a time ! maybe thats another reason why they always stay in draft …..)

Anyhow the one I really played the most with was VideoScribe – I had great fun with this … some of the things I created are below  ….

 

 

I also used Biteable to make a quick video  ( which I have used before ) which I also had fun with :

Plan of Action

I think I would like to try and get a bit more organised and perhaps revamp my blog.  I’d also like to curate some of the tools and resources that I use in a slightly more helpful way. I missed the curating day so I will definitely be revisiting this and trying to get some tips.

All in all it was a great week, fast and chaotic at times but thoroughly enjoyable . I’ll definitely be back for more …

 

And Finally …. I’m wondering if there is a sixth C ? C for Cats perhaps ?

#BYOD4L curating .. or not

img_4096Well today was Day three and the curating theme but I’m afraid stuff has got in the way for me today and I have been juggling lots of plates so I haven’t been able to do much of #byod4l today but I shall definitely be having a good look at the storify and catching up with all the goings on asap….

Tomorrow we have the collaborating theme. I’m facilitating the tweet chat tomorrow along with my new found friend Rebecca 🙂

I’m looking forward to some great collaborations tomorrow including some zooming with Rebecca and some periscoping with Chris Jobling so watch this space 🙂

#BYOD4L Communicating and Reflecting

Day Two of the #BYOD4L was all about Communicating. We had a fab tweet chat last night as you can see from Sheila MacNeill‘s storify … ( even starring my lovely little kittie ! ) 

I’ve been up to my eyes today so havent really had time to reflect any further at the moment. I’ll probably do this in a sum up post at the end of the week but in the meantime I made a very quick video of the tools yesterdy that I have been using this time around … ( with that rather snazzy Videoscribe that I’m loving ) I have just realised though that I should also have included Videoscribe itself in the tools list … what a donut … there are probably loads of others that I have used this week or am going to use that didn’t make it into my list so apols for that …  )

#BYOD4L Connecting and Reflecting

Today I have been connecting through periscope, twitter, WordPress, google+, google spaces, Padlet and you tube!  For me, it’s all about the Connecting the dots among our shared connections. I love the human contact and getting that sense of social presence online. I think the key to this is being open (as is possible, there are clearly levels of openness that feel comfortable for different people), being willing to share and take a risk.

For me, it’s all about the Connecting the dots among our shared connections. I love the human contact and getting that sense of social presence online. I think the key to this is being open (as is possible, there are clearly levels of openness that feel comfortable for different people), being willing to share and take a risk.

I like to try and connect other people together that I come into contact with. I also like the serendipitous connections that we make through taking part in activities. For me, all of these connections provide opportunities and benefits, some of which are easily identifiable but some present themselves in a more gentle guise.  For example finding a shared love of cats … or indeed Dory !  See tweets below from the lovely Rebecca Jackson 

 

I should probably mention that I guess we should be mindful that there might be possible barriers and challenges that could be encountered when connecting online,  this certainly hasn’t been my experience within #BYOD4L but I am aware that things like the dark side of twitter can raise its head when unwanted accounts infiltrate your stream etc )  I do like to believe however that the positives certainly outweigh any potential negatives.

I can see many connections between the people that I have connected with through #BYOD4L and these include new connections that I have made today (including ones that I am sure will become good friends – sometimes you just click with people don’t you – and yes that happens online as well as offline ) and also meaningful connections that have stood the test of time.  I have scribbled some thoughts below which kinda make sense to me ….  looking forward to the Communciating theme tomorrow.

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#BYOD4L 2017 Connecting (Day One)

Yay … We are on Day One of the #BYOD4L and already this morning so far we have had a live Periscope from my lovely colleage Alex Spiers – it was sooo nice to see him in his office and his somewhat ‘slightly grey but lovely all the same’  view out of the window.

Today the theme is Connecting … always a good one to kick things off. I can see already that people are making connections on both Twitter and on the Google+ Community.

It really is just a case of jumping in and saying hello – I remember the first time I got involved and it was quite scary not knowing what to expect but I really do think it was one of the best decisions I made.

I’ve made a quick promo video below for this week using Videoscribe  which is something I’ve not used before ( thanks for the inspiration David Hopkins !)  and will post my thoughts on Connecting later today…