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Photo by Arzu Cengiz on Unsplash

Unsplash is a treasure trove of wonderful, free images. We need that. Much of our online life requires good images. We can take our own because we have smartphones and sometimes we need an image to suit a particular project or event. Unsplash supplies hundreds to top quality images which download quickly and are of a decent size so image clarity and integrity can be preserved . All that is asked is you acknowledge the person who created the image. Each image has a citation so it just a matter of copy and pasting that. You can belong to the community and contribute as well. Good way to build up your image portfolio if you need one.

Migrating blog from Blogger to WordPress

Embrace Your Weirdness

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Twice before I have migrated blogs from Blogger to WordPress. Easy as pie, quick and efficient. Done. Thank you Google. Thank you WordPress. Last week I wanted to move my other blog from Blogger to WordPress. It said the file had imported successfully. I watched it upload. I tried again and again. No. Nothing. I googled. There are some convoluted workarounds which I did not want to try. It also said there was a plugin for importing. I searched on WordPress and it wasn’t available.

2020 and it is all different. Things have changed. Internet companies have put in some clear rules. Some of it is to do with the huge upsurge in mobile technology. Some of it is to do with intellectual property and boundaries. Some of it is to do with it is 2020 and things just are not like they used to be. Bit like we are never allowed to justify text again in our layout.

I have no complaints about Blogger. If my blog has to stay there then so be it. At this point in time it would be more helpful to me to have all my blogs in one spot now. Before I kept them separated for professional reasons and then I aggregated  them for professional reasons . The lone Blogger blog was very much my own personal blog to keep track of my textile work and journey. I’ll give it another go next week but one of my new year resolutions is not to get caught up in technology bunkum. If it is not going to happen easily or straightforwardly I shall do something more productive with my time.

Normally, the migration follows the process explained on bloggingspark. There have been issues because that is on Google so this is a wait and see one.

Social media policies and guidelines for teachers

social media guidelines DECDWe are at the stage now where the various education departments around the country have come up with social media policies and guidelines for teachers around Australia. Every so often, as was the case recently, teachers discuss what the policies and guidelines are. This is not because they are ignorant or lax in their approach but because we have different guidelines and policies for different states and then PLNs for teachers can see different approaches which are acceptable in one state but not in another. As a professional body teachers probably need a national set of policies and guidelines which are set by AITSL and ACARA. If we have national professional standards for teachers, social media should be a critical part of this since we are in the age of technology. These policies and guidelines need to be reviewed at least twice a year because things change so quickly on the internet. Underpinning all of this needs to be the safety and security of all who are involved with social media and then parents need to know and understand what is occurring so they can raise their concerns or ideas easily.

The QR code for the South Australian guidelines which is on their brochure is not currently pointing to an active link. This is not surprising given DECD has just undergone a big site refurbishment and to ensure every link is working is a long, tedious process. A big, corporate site needs to constantly attend to link checking and even though there are link checkers we probably need a button on the landing page for a broken link which allows us to notify any site of a malfunction in their links. One of the joys of website care in 2018.

You can find all the state policies and guidelines on the federal site for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

The South Australian Policy is available as a download here.

The South Australian Social Media Guidelines for DECD are here.

The South Australian Consent to use media and creative work is here.

The documents all provide some very useful information and links out to other sites which will inform practice and decision making around social media. It is becoming very complex, though, and a set of national guidelines and policies which apply to all states would probably be helpful so that practice is consistent across the country  .

Technology thanks

thank youImage: haikudeck

I had some big outages away from technology earier this year because we were changing the copperwire service over to nbn. Since I have been on the nbn my phone and internet service have been uninterrupted and so I have been able to get on with my life where technology plays a significant role. I am grateful for that. There is a lot to be thankful for.

  1. I am working with a group of people who can use phones and tablets but who haven’t been able to make the best use of technology to allow their skills, talents and competencies to be shared and showcased. Since we have done that they can see the world really does value them and what they do . It has inspired and encouraged them and that is what blogging and social media can do for people. They can connect , share, get feedback and grow themselves in a really good way.
  2. I learn a lot from the internet. I can find out anything I want whenever I want. I can do online courses, belong to online groups , share my own knowledge and views online and learn from others. It is a growth mindset which gets encouraged through lifelong learning and collaboration.
  3. I have been pleased to work with various and varied organisations to help resolve online issues, app development and improvement and have valid client input which improves how we go about things online.
  4. I’d be lost without Google maps. I have used that a lot to navigate myself around a city which is in a constant state of flux because of infrastructure changes .
  5. Technology allows me to connect with anyone anywhere and to grow and develop positive relationships even if I can’t see them personally or see them very often. It safeguards those relationships so they still have a positive input into life and living.

I use technology to grow my ideas, reflect, find things out, improve my skills. It has a key growth function in my life. shawnblanc has written a post about why he thinks it’s worth being thankful to technologyGaeltek has also written a thankfulness post.  Mashable has also written a well thought out thankfulness post. Yes, we are thankful.

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