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Storytelling is Essential to Communication

December 15, 2014

Aristotle laid it out over 2000 years ago, and it’s constantly repeated on the web: stories are how we humans communicate meaning. Whether it’s a New York Times article about the importance of storytelling for business and ads – - or a presentation for a class,

telling stories is how we communicate meaning – and it’s a learnable skill!

A Major Development in Communication Technology

April 4, 2014

FireChatforAndroidIconThe Firechat app is a major development in how communication technology works – now without access to wifi or coverage.

Privacy and Self-Presentation in the Digital Age

March 28, 2014

I have been inspired by reading danah boyd’s It’s Complicated to think about how we all, not just teenagers, behave, and perceive ourselves behaving in our digital environment.

Getty Offers Copyright Safe Images

March 7, 2014

Responding to @dougpete, I’m adding some more information about copyright safe practices, this time with images. As described in the previous post on safe sounds for podcasting – - Creative Commons and, using Creative Commons licenses, Flickr, provide copyright safe images. On Google Images, you can find safe content, if you search under Tools.

Searching Google Images

However, the exciting and savvy new move by Getty, as described by CNN – – adds more options for images to use, at the same time as making misusing the images using screenshot etc. far less interesting. All Getty asks is that you embed the image, giving them credit and a link back to their site.

The embed icon looks like – </> and takes you to the code.


And this is what you get -

Safe Sounds for podcasting – Canada, 2014

February 28, 2014
07 copyright from Joan Vinall-Cox

Learning by Playing Around

February 12, 2014


I’m typing on Notability on my iPad Mini in the landscape view and using the correct fingering and I’m astounded at the speed I can type with. I’m enjoying this light tapping of a virtual keyboard, a set of letters laid out qwerty-like.The only thing I miss is a single apostrophe on the top keyboard. I find it slowing to have to tap for the number keyboard and then tap the apostrophe and then tap back to the alphabetical one. But it’s interesting, with my iPad resting on my knee and slightly wobbly, just tapping away.

I’m hungry and I’m playing a little. I just found out that I can type a small “i” and it will automatically turn into uppercase. If I type “im” it will automatically become I’m. I wonder what will happen when I type “its”. Yup, it converts; it’s given an added apostrophe automatically. I had to use a semi-colon to need to get at the numerical keyboard. Good to know.

Hearing Winter

February 6, 2014

I’m hearing this a lot lately -


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