Thing 16: OneNote and ClassNotebook


I have never used OneNote before starting this blog. It looks like a great way to take notes and have the ability to easily share them. Having used OneDrive before to share documents for group projects and the like the set up and layout was pretty familiar to me.

I think that if I had started my university career using OneNote then I would love it. I am now however halfway through my masters and in the last year of education. All of my notes are organised and held in word so a switch at this point wouldn’t make a ton of sense. Going forward for other projects however I think this will be a tool that I will use.

Thing 15: Tumblr / Storify / Wakelet Tumblr


This link is to the International Development Law Organization on Tumblr. I was surprised to learn that Tumblr had more than fun pictures and gifs but was also being used for information and educational purposes. It is a very easy website to interact with and the interface is easy to learn.

Storify was a website that let users combine many of their different social media streams into one to create a story. It recently announced that it was shutting down as of May 16th 2018. This has spurred many users to backup their content off the website so they can keep it after the site goes down. It made me think of all the photos that I have on instagram that I do not have backups for that I should preserve so I don’t loose them.

Thing 12 – Open Educational Resources

I was unaware of Open Educational Resources before writing this blog. I dived in and wanted to share one of my favourite. It is a game that is played by 3-4 people about a man called Richard who works on a ski slope. Due to changing climate he is forced to reconsider his career as a ski instructor and maybe change to leading mountain bike tours. This game would be great for teaching children about climate change and could very easily be used in schools.

The fact that this is an OER is key, if only a small number of people could access this resource then it would be much less effective.

Thing 11 – Copyright

My first example is a YouTube video that popped up when I opened the website. I thought I would pick the first one that came up and see what licence it had. The video is of a car reviewer talking about a new car he has bought. In the description of the video it states “Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)” if you then follow this link YouTube themselves outline what this means  “If you’ve marked your video with a CC BY license, you retain your copyright and other users get to reuse your work subject to the terms of the license”. It is very help full of them to outline this process.

The second example that I am looking at is all the articles on ProPublica. They have a piece outlines why they used creative commons. They encourage sharing of their media and proudly list sites that have reprinted their media. These include the Los Angeles Times, CBS News, MSNBC and USA Today. They want to spread their writing as much as possible and think that this is the best way to do it.


Thing 6 – Accessibility


I am very luck and have no disabilities, I have therefore not considered many of the problems that could be encountered by disabled people online. Is was eye-opening to read stories told by people like Kaseem who is deaf and blind needing an electronic braille note taker or Lee who struggles with colour blindness.

I used a tool (Website Accessibility eValuation Tool) to examine a website that I use regularly to see how it could be difficult access. The website I chose was The Ringer and this on their homepage alone had these problems that were flagged.

  • 14 Errors
  • 116 Alerts
  • 94 Structural Elements
  • 149 Contrast Errors

On a day-to-day basis this does not effect me, it however makes me see each website I visit in a different light. Hopefully web designers will strive to make the web more accessible for people with disabilities.


Thing 5 – Diversity




This is my bitmoji! While this is was an entertaining process to make one and style it to look like me, the process does raise a few questions. On one hand the ability for most people to be represented through these bitmojis and emojis is great. This means that people of colour that are underrepresented in culture on TV and movies can be represented on the internet.

It does however raise some issues that are brought up in the Washington Post piece by Paige Tutt. She states that nothing has been changed about the face but the colour therefore it is “It’s just a bastardized emoji blackface” and “they’re just white emoji wearing masks”. These means that this attempt for inclusion has made emojis that don’t really look like anyone. It can however be argued that since they are cartoons they don’t really look like anyone. She also raises the issue that all messages with emojis are now loaded with so much more meaning.

I personally stick with the generic yellow emojis avoiding a 5min debate on how tan I am feeling today and seeing where I place on the scale.

Thing 4 – Digital Security


The Smartphone Security Information written by the Information Commissioner’s Office is a very valuable read. I wasn’t aware of these specific guidelines but they will definitely change the way I act with my phone. I have always been slightly conscious of granting apps the ability to access all things but reading this made me acutely aware.

We were then prompted to download an app called MyPermissions.  This showed me the ability that some apps had to control and access information that in on my phone. Some of these things did surprise me,  why does my Sudoku app need permission to use my camera? I did however find that the majority of apps were within reason and did not need deleted.

Would fully endorse downloading MyPermissions and checking for yourself. I certainly deleted a few apps because of this!

Thing 3 – Digital Footprint


What is a digital footprint? Well after watching this video I learned that it is not just my actions on the inter net but also “What others have said about you” and “images you’re tagged in”. As someone who is fairly conscious of there digital footprint this really stood out to me, you have to be aware of what other people post beyond your own content.

Completing the task I googled myself and was able to find very little information about myself. Even when trying to find my own Twitter account it wasn’t easy to find. I guess I have Wallace and Gromit and their creator Nick Park to thank for this.  I did however dive deeper and find a very old blog site from when I was younger and an old unused Twitter account. These have now been deleted. Doing this also made my check my facebook privacy settings and make sure that they are closed and my information is not open to everyone.


First Post – Thing 1 and 2


This blog will follow me through my submissions for the Edinburgh Award in digital content creation. My submissions will be based on the outlines from the “23 Things”. I will be learning about topics ranging from writing blogs to geolocation tools. If you a reading them hopefully you will learn something too.

This program has introduced me to the Edinburgh University social media handbook that I did not know about. Having now read this I think that it will help guide the way I act and help me avoid any mistakes.

Look forward to more posts coming soon!

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