I’ve just been helping out in a session on social media in learning…
I was tweeting the session, which seemed appropriate, and you can read the story here:
April 29, 2014 by Robin Englebright
I recently joined Fiona and Beth at an app swap Breakfast planning meeting, and at one point we discussed the “Homescreens” idea that David Sparks runs as a regular feature on his blog MacSparky.
He talks to folk about what’s on their iPhone home screen, and asks the same few questions each time:
These questions turn up some fascinating apps, tips and points of view, like the recent entry by the teacher Robert McGinley Myers where I first heard about the Command-C app which allows copy and paste sharing across devices. It seemed likely that UoB folk might be interested in what’s on the home screens of colleagues, so I changed the questions slightly to reflect a learning technology slant and to encompass iPads and android devices, and wrote a list of folk to question.
To test this out, I thought I’d best subject myself to the questions first:
I’m Rob, and I’m a Learning Technology Advisor/Developer at the University of Brighton Falmer Campus. I’m new here and have mainly been working on the migration of StudentCentral.
Turns out not very much of interest. This is a new iPad, and I haven’t downloaded all my apps, but rather am gradually addding things when I need them, this has resulted in a pretty sparse collection. Everything I frequently use is on the homescreen, and everything else is in folders on the second screen, but I actually use the finder to launch apps… except when I can’t remember what they’re called.
Probably 1Password, which syncs up all my passwords across all my devices, so I can have good strong unique passwords for all the sites that need them… Just looked and that’s 318 passwords!
If you’ve ever tried typing complex strong passwords using the iPhone keyboard this will be a revelation, use ONE strong password to access the app, and then use the built in browser to automatically populate the username and password fields.
Evernote allows me to capture stuff quickly, sync it across all my devices and has a good search function. I use it to take notes in meetings (really useful share function) snap snots of presentations, record audio clips and add them to the note, and even set alerts to email notes on certain times and dates.
The downside of the free app is that it doesn’t allow access to your notes when not connected (wifi) which was a bit of a shock the first time I used it.
A version of iPlayer Radio that goes straight to 6music…
Aside from using the search bar to find and launch apps (drag down anywhere on the screen and type your search) … I’d suggest using the “add to reading list” feature in Safari, which syncs with Safari on my mac and phone (Sync seems to be my essential feature)
So that’s my homescreen.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or fancy sharing your home screen with the Uni, and the world drop me a line.
March 27, 2014 by Robin Englebright
A while back I enrolled on a MOOC module on Data Analytics, and one of the first assignments was to perform a sentiment analysis on twitter. This involved getting a developer API key from Twitter, then writing a python script to suck tweets from the mighty twitter firehose. Analysis involved comparison against a sentiment sorted dictionary of terms.
Whilst those skills are obviously useful, for those not willing to learn Python there’s a cracking tool available to analyse tweets with a hashtag:
I found out about it in a tweet from Randy Olsen, who ran it to visualise the sentiment regarding the recent release of Java 8.
I thought I’d have a look at the #Maharauk14 hashtag and follow over the next few months as we progress toward the big event. So far there are 5 tweets using that hashtag.
The sentiment analysis isn’t very useful on so few, but it’s worth a look at the tag cloud now and to compare it to the final result.
To compare approaches I’ve also set up a hashtag archive on GoogleDocs using Martin Hawksey’s template: http://mashe.hawksey.info/2012/01/twitter-archive-tagsv3/ which does require twitter API keys and what not, but is rather good.