Twitter Me

Who is Twitter Me?

Who do people see?

Professional Me? #edtech in HE, #digitalliteracies, reflection?

At Home Me? Gardening, baking, making, reading, parenting?

What now – she has kids?

(Don’t you see; I have three – growing & learning;

Ridiculously bendy and endlessly in-de-fa-tig-able)

Overly optimistic of what can be done with no time to spare?

Who is Twitter Me?

Who do people see?

My wit can fall flat, I avoid controversy at all costs

Blurring the line between my selves, yet steadfastly private

I avoid Facebook, my LinkedIn is full of cobwebs, WordPress feels like home

My retweets convey my political and social despair –

The world is building walls when we should be breaking them down

Likes can be bookmarks, acknowledgement, agreement and so much more

Who is Twitter Me?

Who do people see?

My Tweets can be sporadic – I am useless at networking strategies

Sometimes I’m quiet but usually louder with familiar faces and spaces

Sharing and learning; all wrapped up in a coating of fun

Challenge and risk are my drivers, despite imposter syndrome knocking at the door

Listening, supporting, frustrated at injustice and intolerance

Is that who you see?

This is Twitter Me

Just me, don’t you see?

Putting open on trial: my response

For one of my MSc Digital Education modules I wrote an essay and put it out in the open for ‘marking’ for want of a better word: Turning to the community: my open learning journey. This is my response* to all those people who took time not only to read it but to comment and critique it.

*I did write a draft shortly afterwards but four months of full time work, studying for two masters modules and three super lively little-ish ones took its toll and I curled up in a mental dark room before hitting ‘publish’. When I emerged #domains17 was kicking off and I rethought where this post and indeed my own blog should live – more on that below.


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Give yourself a mental ‘Valentine’

People put a lot of focus on Motivation Monday but today is Tuesday and I am struggling, at least struggling more than normal. I walked through the park this morning listening to the birds and noticing the many signs of spring, from blossoms to flowers, trying to calm my sense of panic and the blackness threatening to engulf. I was going to pour these feelings out into my blog in an attempt to be cathartic but decided it would just come across as an act of self-pity. Then this tweet caught my eye: “A Valentine’s message for children: start by loving yourself“.

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Hello 2017

My winter cherry defying the bleakness of winter

Unbelievably January is already gone into the ether so I need to get this post out before it gets forgotten in the bottom drawer along with all the other well intentioned posts. I have been mulling over my professional development to-do-list since summing up 2016 in my last post and a meeting with colleagues this afternoon clarified it. Before starting however it is important to acknowledge one of the key things I learned last year with regards CPD – I am a person who is fully dependent on concrete deadlines. This is therefore absolutely key to achieving all the items on this list.

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Farewell 2016


There is absolutely no doubt that 2016 was an utterly horrific one on so many levels. Many people have written of their frustrations and pain much more eloquently than I ever could so I simply want to wish that the new year brings significantly less tragedy and pain.

Somewhat guiltily against this dark backdrop of world events my professional life was in contrast full of new adventures, positivity and highlights. Initially when planning this post I listed my achievements to frame the story however I quickly realised that the story wasn’t about my achievements but with the Communities of Practice that underpinned the achievements. Four distinct CoPs stood out but at times the lines blurred between them and overlap occurred.

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#NextGenDL Conference

Reflections from a 5* conference introvert

I had a great start to November with a trip to Dublin which is always a welcome event in my calendar. Dinner and theatre to celebrate the last of October then the new month was welcomed in at Dublin City University at The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium 2016. The campus was glorious in the autumnal sunshine and the Helix a perfect venue.

Wonderful goodie bag

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Space and reflection

Term is now well underway both with regards to work and study. Summer through to the end of October is by far my busiest time and it feels as if I have finally stopped trying to hang on by my nails, only ever one step ahead. I have been working my way through the huge list by continually tackling the job that is most urgent, whether by importance or date needed. All in all it feels like an enormous fire-fighting exercise and whilst I thoroughly enjoy challenge by this time of the year my batteries are completely flat and I feel close to becoming overwhelmed. Ironically, a period which is traditionally the exact time for reflection, taking a break and recharging.

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