Monthly Archives: January 2012

What should we be teaching our students?

Archaeology and Digital Technology: The Old and the New Archaeology then … In 2006 Oxford Archaeology, one of the largest independent archaeology practices in Europe, was the 2nd biggest employer of ALL University of Reading students – and a sizeable percentage … Continue reading

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Virtually Presenting

We have a paper accepted in the Global TIME: Global Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education ( and we have chosen to present virtually. The conference organisers wanted presentation submitted in advance and a recording needed to be made … Continue reading

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Social or personal – where to draw the line?

We are accustomed to being so ‘connected’ these days that it is refreshing to take the bus to the station in the morning and to realise that there are people who don’t give two hoots for ‘social media’. I make … Continue reading

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A digitally prepared project

The UROP placement to further develop the Whiteknights Biodiversity web presence has been funded.  This project falls well within the bounds of our Digitally Ready project and I am hoping Pat will be able to conduct a before and after … Continue reading

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24 hours without Wikipedia?

Wikipedia are advertising their intent to black out the English language version of their site for 24 hours. That will provide a great opportunity for data gathering on changes of web page use. I will be watching with interest 🙂

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A suggestion for the improvement of Blackboard from one of our students

… Via a comment on one of the closed Facebook groups I run. ” It’s a shame that Blackboard doesn’t have a calendar tool that gives us a one page screen shot of all module assessment dates.” I agree – … Continue reading

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IT Support as bite-sized learning opportunities

In the dim and distant past, I used to work for a large utility company as Information Systems Support Coordinator for their Engineering department.  My job functions included 1st, 2nd and 3rd level support, IT training, a bit of development … Continue reading

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Try something new today…

Yesterday I was at a SNOW meeting.  That’s Social Networking and Other Web2.0 Technologies group, for those who haven’t run across the (semi) acronym before.  It is a good opportunity to find out more about the range of engagement with … Continue reading

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Digital Literacies, schools and the Guardian

This week the Guardian has launched a campaign to promote improved digital literacies (link). This was evidently timed to coincide with Michael Gove’s announcement that the Government are overhauling the provision of ICT teaching in schools. A number of people … Continue reading

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Digital Literacies and employability in the Guardian

An interesting article from Sarah Knight in the Guardian which is at the heart of our project at Reading where we are working with SEECC to enable students and staff to be Digitally ready for the future.

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