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Pandemic related rise in digital learning UPDATED

March 29, 2020

So the world is in upheaval. A global pandemic is shutting down entire countries, shops, schools, universities are all closed and, students, parents and teachers are all scrambling for online learning. In the first week in Australia, I was still teaching. Students came to class but were scared, uncertain about the future or the present, […]

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TV hosts suddenly realise how much work YouTubers do UPDATED

March 29, 2020

So within the last week, much of the US and UK (and Australia, but that doesn’t really factor into this blog post) has shut down. Amongst many other things, this means that very quickly, TV hosts were having to do their shows without audience and then, almost immediately after that, forced to do their shows […]

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YouTube as an educational platform in a global pandemic

March 29, 2020

So within the last week, because of the Corvid 19 shut down, there have been many changes to daily life as we know it. There has been lots of talk and figuring out about how to teach classes online as schools and universities are shut down and while I am absolutely not making light of […]

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PhD win but social media FAIL

February 24, 2020

Today’s momentous event was posting my edutube phd acceptance letter – WHOOOOOO!!!! I filmed it for posterity (and social media) using instagram, which the second after I finished filming decreed the video wasn’t long enough & thus it didn’t save. There’s no second takes posting a letter, so instead of a video, here’s me contemplating […]

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Questions from the audience about youtube and education

February 10, 2020

I presented on my edutube (educational youtube) phd to a working group of Digital Innovators today at @latrobe. Got some really interesting questions at the end. So here is a thread of interesting questions about youtube and the classroom 1) what is the copyright issues about showing various videos in class? Good qn! I am […]

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How is thumbs an effective feedback method?

February 5, 2020

This is a first for me! I have a video that’s attracted some thumbs down… This video (which you can see here was put on a History playlist that the excellent Mr Beat complied at the end of last year. You can see the full playlist here. I was really honoured to be invited to […]

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The unanswerable question – what IS ‘educational’?

February 4, 2020

So this one is a big ‘un. What actually is ‘educational’? I’ve been talking about this phd for about a year now, and before that I’ve been talking about educational content on youtube for years. And I’ve been thinking about it in curriculum terms – science, english, maths, humanities etc – and I’ve been thinking […]

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YouTube University is becoming official

February 3, 2020

So one of the most interesting things about embarking on a phd on educational youtube is that *everyone* I tell about it shares a story of what they have learned on youtube. This morning’s example was my barista, who watches youtube to learn other types/the latest coffees/milks. And youtube itself is starting to embrace the […]

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Why don’t (most) unis recognise their staff’s youtube channels?

January 31, 2020

I was talking to Zoe Glatt, an academic doing her phd on youtubers at LSE, a while ago, and she pointed out that most academics studying youtube don’t actually have a youtube channel. This was a surprise to me, cause I think it’s really valuable to have hands-on experience with the thing I’m studying. And […]

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The Masterchef/Drag Race/YouTube effect – the homogenization of subjects, styles and information

December 20, 2019

So the kinds of reality tv I like are the ones where people make things – Project Runway, Masterchef, Sewing Bee and the sequined gloriousness that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. But I also think that they shape the ideas and creativeness of those who watch them. Let’s chat about the Masterchef/RuPaul effect. So Masterchef, if […]

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