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.

Sunday, 2 March 2008


According to Lankshear & Knobel (2006) blogs should not only be interesting but should meet 3 other criteria (1) evidence of a clear and strong sense of purpose (2) a recognisable and well-informed point of view; and (3) a good stanard of presentation (p.154)

So, bearing that in mind, I plan to work on developing my blog further in the coming months and hope to incorporate some additional features, once I'm techy enough to do so.

Clearly, the focus of my blog at present is centred around my MA in New Literacies (with the odd slip into other life matters) but I hink I'm quite keen now to develop another focus in the future around my work, the question is whether to set up a new blog or gradually let this one transmogrify in something different ?

Thursday, 21 February 2008

What becomes of the broken hearted...they get rushed to hospital and have a pacemaker fitted, of course !

Apologies for the slight haitus in blogging, but as the title suggests I've been somewhat pre-occupied after experiencing heart failure ! ..... how scary is that ! ....believe me that answer is VERY ! Having been diagnosed with something called ' sick sinus syndrome' I have now got a pacemaker fitted, which is very weird and is taking some getting used to. However, I have found the postings on the PacemakerClub website quite re-assuring, if not a little disconcerning at times.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Happy New Year ! Assignment nearly over

Blogging had to be postponed over the Christmas period, due the small matter of trying to write an assignment. I did think about posting at various stages how I was feeling during the ordeal, which I thought might be interesting,but I decided there would be too many expletives, and I don't wish to offend.

So, some changes to make, but overall I'm on the right track, which comes as a major relief. I'm now really looking forward to the next module and doing some more serious reading (which was undoubtedly the best part of the assignment work for me).

New Years resolution is definitely to keep on blogging in 2008 and get some photos and video clips, podcasts etc. uploaded (if I can suss out how to do it !) and up the links a bit more.


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