Thing 6 – Accessibility

At the SSSC we have a communications department who are in charge of making sure all the material produced by the organisation is consistent and accessible. This means that before anything “goes live” the communications team must approve it. Obviously the whole process is streamlined if things are designed with accessibility in mind from the…

Thing 14 – Podcasts

I like podcasts, and used to subscribe to quite a few. I stopped listening so frequently when I changed mobile phone, which seems a bit silly as setting them up on the new phone wouldn’t have taken much effort. I do still make sure I always catch the Thinking Allowed podcast which I am a…

Thing 10 – Wikimedia

I’ve always like the philosophy behind Wikipedia, and more generally Wikimedia Commons.  Wikipedia however, really does demonstrate one of the better aspects of what we as a species are capable of. I signed up for an account as a Wikipedia editor for the first time and worked my way through the Wikipedia Adventure game. I…

Thing 8 – Facebook

Like many, I look at Facebook daily. I probably spend around 15 minutes a day (3-4 minutes at a time) looking through my news feed, “liking” and sharing content other people have posted. On average I would say I post one or two things every couple of weeks, I share content three or four times…

Thing 16 – OneNote

I’m pretty new to notes software. I used Evernote on my iPad with the Apple pencil a few weeks ago for the first time and the novelty factor was great. This “thing” has provided me with a good opportunity to explore the concept and experiment a bit.  It’s not something I would include in the…

Thing 12 – OERs

“Knowledge Sharing” by Ewa Rozkosz is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0. The SSSC Learning Technology team strongly believe in the principles of OER, and as such, has made much of its work available in formats which allow others to use the information to develop their own resources. It’s been licensed under a Creative Commons…

Thing 11 – Copyright

As a trainer and educator, I’ve had to give *a lot* of presentations over the years, and often find myself looking for images to make the PowerPoint/Prezi/Keynote a bit more interesting. These have all taken place during my employment with various NGOs, charities and Universities, so I rather lazily assumed that this would all constitute…

Thing 7 – Echo chamber

For social services, there are obvious benefits to using Twitter. It offers a simple and efficient way to communicate with people who use services, their families and carers, and also the wider public. It’s a good way to let people know about news, vacancies, showcasing work and information on any special events such as open…

Thing 3 – Digital Footprint

George Burton is a relatively common name so without looking for something a bit more specific, nothing related to me appears very high up the results list. My dad has the same name as me, and he’s just recently published a few books so he appears high up the list. My LinkedIn profile is the 23rd…

Things 1 & 2: First post…

This is the first post in my blog which will document my reflections as I work my way through the “23 Things for Digital Knowledge” that the Information Services Group at University of Edinburgh have developed. I’ve just started at the Scottish Social Services Council, employed as a Learning and Development Advisor within the Learning…