Saturday, 18 October 2008

Year 2 - Research & Dissertation

Well here I am in October and I've managed to keep the old blog going...well just about!

The new term has begun and the focus of this final year is very much on research methodologies and methods in preparation for the dissertation. I've still no idea what I'm going to focus on...which is a tad worrying, however, I have started to make some notes and looked back at year one, to see if anything jumps out as a possible area of interest.

Blogging has obviously captured my imagination to a certain degree, although I know that this blog is not great and doesn't have the focus Lankshear & Knobel (2007) talk about. However, I've created one for work to support my PCGE/Cert Ed. students and I thing that's going to work a little better, as it has a clearly focus. I think I'll try and keep this blog going, even if it's just to reflect on stuff...who knows.

Thursday, 15 May 2008


This week on my MA in New Literacies we are looking at 'Memes' and have been set the task of finding examples of online memes on YouTube and posting them on our respective blogs for fellow students to comment upon. So, below is a selection of memes that caught my eye.

SexyBack (Kirk/Spock)

More to follow....

Found it ! I've seen it before and thought it was hilarious, but it's now a well known well established example of a meme...the unforgettable sound of Bush and Blair and My Endless Love !

CatTalking Translation video - "Quick someone's coming, act like a cat".

Friday, 2 May 2008

Culture and Popular Culture

We're now into Module 3 of the course and are currently considering definition of culture and the development of popular culture. Reading some interesting stuff and re-visiting some old friends eg.(Gramsci, Also, enjoyed looking at a useful website on various theorists that are portrayed in a set of trading cards, very novel!

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Now this is what I'd like to do !

As part of our recent small scale study and fellow student decided to post her research findings on the net via impressive is that ! Way to go Misti !!

Will I be brave enough to follow suit at some point soon ? Now there's a challenge !

Monday, 14 April 2008

Small scale study now over !

Act Like a Professional

Having now finished my small scale study into blogging, I'm really going to try and develop my blog a little more. One of my main tasks is to learn how to add some additional features, as well integrating more photos, videos and even podcasts.

The original focus for the blog is my MA in New Literacies and this will continue, but I am now interested in developing a work related blog and I need to decide whether to integrate it into this site or create a new blog !

Watch this space !

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Area of interest - Thoughts on my dissertation

As I have been surfin the net to research for my current small scale study on the use of blogs, particularly by adult literacy learners, I have come across various articles, blogs, videos etc. to two topics -Creativity and multiple intelligence, both of which have been of interest to me for sometime, particularly how they related to literacy development.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

10 reasons why you should encourage your learners to blog !

During my current research for my Module 2 small study project on the use of blogging to support teaching and learning I came across this little gem from YouTube.