I love that I learn. I learn what I love. I love that I live. I sometimes (still) surprise myself.

What did I learn in 2016?

grab opportunities – a new work opportunity came up, and I embraced it, grabbed it and I love it! I left almost 13 years in an academic library to work at ALIA in this job. Now I’m working across all types of libraries, and the LIS and GLAM sector.

don’t let things slide – like the old frog happily sitting in a pot of water that is slowly coming to the boil…I don’t want to let things slide like they did…I was unhappy. I acknowledge that. But I couldn’t move on. Or wasn’t looking in the right directions. I was fighting bureaucracy and the system. I was letting my unhappiness consume me. Some things you can change. And some things you cannot – so acknowledge and work with it or acknowledge and move on.

what goes around sometimes comes around again – in a past life/job I was an employment counselor, and a (small) part of my job now is talking to people about working/studying/possibilities in the LIS sector.

moving on doesn’t mean losing touch – hangouts, Skype, email, Instagram – they are all great ways for me to stay in touch with colleagues. And I am co-presenting a paper at ALIA Online next month with a special colleague and friend.

i waste time – not so new this revelation, but trying for more purposeful reading and reflecting for 2017

life never stands still  – now is my/our time to travel – the kids have left home (mostly)

*don’t fight myself – seriously, my worst enemy is me. always.



*this one has really nothing to do with 2016. ongoing!


Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a few years now but I suspect it will really gain real traction in 2017…

I saved this just last month from the Guardian – The complete guide to virtual reality.

AR mentioned in 2017 Trends, AR in Facebook as a trend for 2017.

But the difference between AR and VR…as the Guardian story says….’While virtual reality is about immersing you in an entirely virtual world, viewed through a screen in your headset, the real world outside you isn’t part of the experience – at least not until you trip over the cat or accidentally knock out your child while immersed elsewhere. But augmented reality, as the name suggests, is about augmenting or adding to reality reality. You might be looking at your cat or up your street, but there could be digital characters and content overlaid on them’.

Aurasma is an AR app. I can see the use for it especially in teaching/learning.

Pokemon Go was a huge hit in 2016 so 2016 was probably the year that AR became mainstream.

Pokémon Go traffic advisory

Pokémon Go traffic advisory


Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pok%C3%A9mon_Go_traffic_advisory_(day-crop).png

Great idea and something that I know higher education are doing to a great or not so great degree.

These types of apps do need to be interactive…not just a bunch of links and maps/floorplans (although maps v useful!) but really helpful stuff and social media feeds. The orientation and transition…that first 6 weeks of uni or school is so very important!

It did make me take a look at what is happening in this space in HE in Australia. But it’s the wrong time of year and orientation for 2017 is still a way off so I was unable to find any orientation apps just now that fit this.

Dartfish is a video analysis app and the main use is for sportspeople to video and analyse their performance. The example was showing tennis strokes and the ability of the app to analyse the videos and provide screenshots that can be annotated and shared etc. Videos can also be downloaded and viewed offline.

This looks quite revolutionary in terms of mobile access – coaches and performers can now use an iPad/mobile device to quickly record, view and feedback.

Could also be used for other settings such as in practice interviews in clinical settings??

App is £6.99

I did think that this was a post about web 3.0, you know moving on from web 2, but no-one talks like that anymore do they??

This is an app- mobile 3.0 that according to Google Play “Mobile 3.0 provides learners with the digital tools, techniques, and assignments for producing and distributing media for the unique mobile environment. The app is frequently updated based on the latest research of mobile users as they seek, select, and share digital information“.

So what does it do??

From what I can see from reading the case study- one of the things students loved was ‘Mobile 3.0 offers “text alert” notifications from the professor’ – so alerts when assessment is due/deadlines reminders. Is that enough in an app that complements a CMS ? The case study did say that some content is only in the app. Would be interesting to get more of a sense of how the app works, and a research project. Noted by the professor….”interesting for me to find that an increasing number of students welcome new strategies that keep their learning efficient and effective“.

I feel like I need more info…

Way way behind with #12appsDIT but determined to get through at my own pace!

Nearpod looks good as well….an app that is student orientated.

Pluses: encourages student voice, creativity, interactive, you have to think, deeper learning, engagement, students as producers of knowledge not just consumers, easy to use, across multiple devices, peer learning, generates digital resources to reuse, student paced or live lesson option

Minuses: can still get distracted in an app, need wifi, uses loads of battery, does everyone have a smartphone

Main thing (and I keep coming back to this)….pedagogy before technology, align use to learning outcomes, important that the teacher can use competently…teacher practice & student experience!

I came to a quick halt with this one…an app that produces interactive visualisations for mathematical functions??  Lost me there as I do not do anything in this space. But I do have a 23 year old who lives for maths and is doing his Masters in Algebraic Geometry in Bonn right now. So I will tell him about this!!

But i did like that you could turn the graphs into gifs.

Perhaps if I had had these types of tools to help me understand maths concepts when younger i might have succeeded more in maths…having said that I was OK at maths…just went more down a humanities path (although they are not and should not be mutually exclusive).

apps that help maths literacy are invaluable!