Calling all bloggers

On September 3rd I will be running a workshop about blogging in education at the New Literacies, Digital Media and Classroom Teaching Conference in Tasmania. At the start of the session I would like to showcase a range of blogs to show the attendees the different affordances and features of blogging systems. If you can think of an effective blog or if you run and blog and would like me to feature it in the presentation then please

Back from the Wilderness

Five months ago I took the decision to go on semi-digital leave and suspend some of my online activities such as blogging. This also meant that my use of social networking systems such as Twitter was more sporadic and incoherent. This was a difficult decision but it was necessary as my workload had reached epic proportions and something literally ‘had to give.’ I started the year being enthusiastically optimistic about the challenges of the coming

UKLA Conference 2011

I will be speaking at the upcoming UKLA International Conference in Chester on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2011. I will be running a workshop on the way I have used Twitter in the Primary Classroom as well as for professional development. In addition I will also be part of a symposium panel presenting alongside Vic Carrington, Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Sigrid Jones. I’ll aim to put the presentations online but it would

#ngconf – A perfect tonic in these troubled times…

I have briefly returned from digital leave to write about the fantastic Northern Grid for Learning Conference (#ngconf) which took place yesterday in Newcastle. I spoke at the conference last year but was even more excited to attend this year as a large proportion of the speakers were folk from Twitter who I have spoken to online over the past two years. My general despair at the state of education and the constant stream of

A difficult decision – Semi Digital Leave

This is a sad and difficult post for me to write as I have decided to suspend my blog and some of my other online activities until September. This is mainly due to the fact that I have a large amount of projects going on at the moment including authoring another book chapter, writing my MA dissertation, speaking at conferences and coordinating creative learning across my school on top of my full-time teaching responsibilities. Although

How do you inspire writers? – The finished resource!

Following on from my previous blog post I would to thank every single person who contributed views, comments and projects to the resource. I have collected the information and it is now available for all to see. Please feel free to share the presentation with other colleagues. There are some fantastic ideas in there! How do you inspire writers? View more presentations from Martin Waller.

Friend/Inbox/Tweet Me – Perceived challenges and implications of Social Media

“Friend me on Facebook and I’ll totally confirm” (Dialogue from ‘Sorority Row’ – Hendler, 2009: [00:27:50]) The above dialogue demonstrates how online practices with social networks have become embedded in popular culture and media and how the boundaries of offline and online ties have become blurred (Ellison et al, 2007). As the result of their popularity, new social networks continue to be developed and used by different communities. The rise of social networking systems such

Growing Greener Futures

Friday 22nd October 2010 – I slept in, my bag strap broke, my MacBook wouldn’t work, I misplaced my iPad four times, Google Maps wouldn’t work (when I was running a session on it) and I forgot to print out the information sheet for speakers. In terms of conference day problems that isn’t too bad disaster wise. Since July 2010 I have been organising the Growing Greener Futures Conference (#ggfc) as part of my new

Why ‘Growing Greener Futures’ is important

I recently took up a new role in my school as creative learning coordinator, which includes coordinating our School of Creativity programme with Creative Partnerships. Over the past three years we have been engaged in work based on outdoor learning, living with the land and digital technologies. This has included redeveloping areas of our school grounds into new learning spaces and using a new blogging platform to begin to support writing, evaluation and reflection. Our