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Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures. He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of more than 150 scholarly articles, with over 6000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of seven million unique visitors.

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Making a splash!

June 22 2019

Image by Craig Whitehead on Unsplash
While in conversation last week at the EDEN annual conference in Bruges, my good friend Marci Powell told me about a brilliant resource called Unsplash. It's a website that hosts a huge, and ever growing repository of superb images, shared freely by talented photographers.

The search algorithms on Unsplash are quite sophisticated. Let's say you want to find a picture of colourful, neon lights, reflected off a wet street. Now that's quite specific, but if you insert the search string 'neon lights wet road', you are immediately presented with dozens of quality images, each of which fits the criterion.

The image on this page was found using that search phrase. It's by Craig Whitehead and is free to download and use, just like all of the other images on the site. You can choose to acknowledge the creator of the image or not, but either way, the images are all free to use.

As with any other social media platform, there are useful devices such as trending search notifications, API/developer sections and licensing advice, and there are special zones where you can find wallpaper or slide background images. You can also search for specific photographers on the landing page, and see their entire uploaded collections instantly.

For educators, this is a particularly useful resource, which I for one, will return to time and time again. I hope you will find it as useful as I have. Thank you Marci for this great tip!

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Making a splash! by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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Communities and connections

June 21 2019

Photo by Airina Volungevičienė
My opening keynote speech at the 29th annual EDEN conference at VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium earlier this week was given the title Connected pedagogies - Learning and teaching in the digital age.

I told my audience at the outset that I would not attempt to educate them, because they are far too sophisticated and knowledgeable community of experts and professionals. Rather, I promised, I would offer them some of my thoughts on developments in education and would conclude with three key challenges to consider. These are presented at the very end of my keynote.

Before this, I presented some of my thinking around new theories and emerging pedagogies that leverage to power and potential of networked technologies, and spoke about the personal devices students use and how they might be incorporated into every day teaching and learning. I also mentioned some of the emerging tools and technologies that are just becoming available, and speculated on how these might influence changes in pedagogy in the coming years.

The video of my keynote (a clipped version from the entire opening plenary session which can be viewed in its entirety on EDENTube) is about 30 minutes in duration and is followed by a panel discussion with the audience.

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Communities and connections by Steve Wheeler was written in Bruges, Belgium and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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