How To Get Started With Mastodon – Educator Edition
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How To Get Started With Mastodon – Educator Edition

So you’ve decided it’s time to get started with Mastodon but don’t know where to begin? Whether you’re dipping your toe into the ‘fediverse’ or leaving Twitter behind forever, this is a quick guide from my experience of leaving edutwitter and re-finding some joy in social media.

| Turn your Twitter stream into your friends’ linkblog Turn your Twitter stream into your friends’ linkblog jkottke: A few weeks ago, Twitter added an option to search the tweets of only the people you follow. This is useful for several different reasons (try searching for [recent pop culture key phrase] to see what I mean) but for those who use Twitter primarily…


Digital Literacies – What Does #StopKONY Mean For Our Students

You’ve probably heard about the viral campaign to stop Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. The video has been watched approximately 40 million times since it’s release on Monday. If not it’s here: KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo. This swept through our school today, all the pupils were talking about…


Google Plus – Google’s next take on social networking

So Google have started releasing their new social product Google+ or Google Plus.  And it looks interesting if a little familiar to Twitter & Facebook. Of particular interest is their attempt to allow you to segment your acquaintances and share certain information with certain people via the ‘circles’ feature: This makes sense – I’m often a bit uncomfortable with my mix…


If This Then That – Automating Your Web

I’ve been playing around with a fascinating website called If This Then That  Think of it as virtual gaffer tape that automatically ties all of your online activities together in a myriad of possible ways. When you sign up you then need to connect it to as many of your online presences as you choose, there’s…

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Influencing Policy Part 2: Becta-X: Old Conversations, New Connections, Bright Future?

I was honoured to be invited to Becta-X (the x stands for exchange) during the Easter break.  The conference brought together 75 leading educators and 75 leading people from the Media sector.  Thanks to @TomBarrett for getting me the invite – truly much appreciated. The aims of the day were: The way the digital media industry influences…


No More Year Zero

I was surprised and honoured to receive an email on Friday inviting me to the House of Commons for the Progressive Education Network Spring Reception this Monday afternoon. I’m bitterly disappointed that the short notice means I will not be able to attend. 🙁 I came across the PEN via a tweet last month.  Chaired by Mike…