Mark Pannell


DigiThings: 2 PowerPoint

I’ve just set out on the second part of DigiThings: to create a PowerPoint project but share it as a video on YouTube. However, it seems like a good point to take a break and make some commentary already. Why? Well I want to use some images in my project. I have the original item I want to use photographs of, I know where photographs exist of identical items online, but my quandary is this. Can I use the images I know already exist online? There are no reuse details available on these images, and although there are various conditions on use under copyright relating to use in the class or inclusion in student work I’m not going to assume they apply to my blogging or making videos. So, for me it’s a case of taking my own photographs tonight and coming back to the project tomorrow. Lucky I have the original items to photograph I guess or I’d be out there trying to find licensed images or to seek approval of use for those I have seen on other sites. This is quite a complex problem with publishing online. It is not OK to just lift material belonging to others unless specifically allowed to do so. As we move from the closed classroom environment to ever more open online teaching avoiding falling foul of the law is an important skill to develop. My advice would be, don’t assume, check.

Cheers for now 🙂


January 21, 2014 Posted by | Digital Skills | Leave a comment

Hello DigiThings people :)

I was lucky enough to have a WordPress blog already set up from a previous and fruitless foray into blogging. I’ve cleaned out the one and only ‘test’ post. It’s all ready for the course now. My tip would be to resist the urge to create blogs for everything that comes to mind. You’ll end up forgetting they are there, or as I am doing today, at some stage you’ll need to have a clean up.

Having a digital identity is something I’ve just accumulated whilst being online since the 1990s. Both my work and my leisure activities have involved using the Internet for nearly two decades. In that time I have added and lost elements of my digital identity along the way. Some of the presence on the Internet or World Wide Web I created early on might still be out there but I have lost track of it all over the years. I feel I have one digital identity for both work and leisure as it is representative of who I am. Whilst some feel that an identity online can be a route into being someone different from their day to day persona I have always found that I am more comfortable behaving in the digital world just as I do out here in the physical.

I would benefit from keeping a blog that records and reflects on my professional practice. It would provide a solid foundation for evidencing accreditation routes I might undertake. It might also provide a useful working resource to note ideas and plans. I think my major downfall is likely to be integrating blogging into a working practice I can sustain. I can see the benefits of blogging but also I have issues with recording and reflecting habitually.

I’d be interested in some suggestions for how I can successfully integrate blogging into my practice. Perhaps an end of day reflective post would begin the process of creating workflows that include blogging. We’ll see.

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Digital Skills | , | 1 Comment