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How to make a GIF (and other essential skills)

January 28, 2017

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As we get used to the new normal (i.e. computing and Internet services everywhere) we need to rethink the skills that are important. For educators there’s a renewed focus on teaching STEM subjects, and a new computing syllabus that starts at age 5 (aside: great idea, but only if primary school teachers are computer literate […]

A shared reality: when VR becomes more than virtual

April 25, 2016

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It’s said there are two kinds of people: those that believe VR and AR will change the future; and those that haven’t had the demo yet. I had another VR demo recently, trying out the Oculus Devkit 2 and the Samsung Gear (for the first time). Firstly, I loved virtual Streetview on the Gear – […]

Ideas to play with

April 12, 2016

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   I’ve been thinking recently about brands and brand ideas (as you do). It started with reading the essays from the IPA’s Excellence Diploma: approx. 7000 words on the topic of “I believe advertising is/should…”. They’re both well reasoned, and passionately argued explorations of how to better shape commercial identities. (Worth a look at the […]

Living in an age of constant change: five links about adaptation

February 26, 2016

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If there’s one skill we all need to master, it’s adapting to change. Whether you believe we’re in the midst of an industrial revolution, a shift in long-term weather patterns or even in population structure, it won’t have escaped your notice that change is afoot. If the last five years are anything to go by, […]

7 Ideas for running better workshops

October 25, 2015

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Somehow, the end of the year is always saturated with workshops. I’ve been running a few of late, and between the ones that went well (and the sessions that could have been better), I’ve noticed a few patterns. 1. Setting your workshop aims Good workshops do things you couldn’t possibly achieve any other way. Very […]

Making learning unstoppable

September 20, 2015

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Over the past two days, I’ve taken in a shed load of information. It started with two web analytics training courses, then a day long unconference (Measurecamp, if you’re interested) and finished with a 2 hour walk/podcast fest. (I admit that last bit was totally unnecessary.) Now that my mind’s sifting through the mass of […]

How do you teach digital media?

February 17, 2015

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Let’s give this some context. I’ve been asked by friends and acquaintances a few times how to become an expert in digital. And every time I question 1) if it’s possible to teach this and 2) if I’m the right person to be giving them advice. Tackling 2) first, some of it comes down to […]