Thursday, 20 November 2014

Social Media Who to Follow Webinar

I was delighted to be invited to take part as a presenter on the Student to Stemette webinar on the 19 November.

The theme for the session was Social Media who to follow.

I was invited as a representative from academia, along with two other presenters from industry and recruitment. We were each asked to speak for approximately 10 minutes to share our experiences of social media with students who are part of the Student to Stemette programme. My talk shared how social media can be used to connect, communicate, collaborate, curate and create. I spoke about the value of building a personal learning network through LinkedIn and Twitter, where we can engage in conversations, ask questions and share useful information. You can hear what I said in the video below (I am the first of the the three presenters). 

At the end of our presentations we took questions from the participants. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm and interest in how they can develop their digital presence. Student Mary Akinyemi who is studying maths at the University of Exeter writes a blog called QUIRKY RAMBLINGS & SEASHELLS - A great example of how we can all can develop our writing skills and share interesting posts. These can be personal interests or linked to the academic subject area we are studying or working in. 

What is Student to Stemette?

Student to Stemette is bringing together girls aged 16+ and women currently working in STEM. A cohort of girls have been given the fantastic opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with mentors. In addition a series of public webinars provide advice, guidance and connections from a network of other women working in STEM.

This first Student to Stemette mentoring cohort have been matched with 'Big Stemettes' currently working at Deutsche Bank. They all have STEM backgrounds and are helping their mentees explore the different paths on which they can use their STEM skillset. They will share their skills, time and their own networks. Student to Stemette is currently part of Deutsche Bank's current wider Born to Be Youth Engagement programme.


Below are just some of the channels you can learn more about the Stemettes:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My nominations for the 11th Annual Edublogs Awards #eddies14

The Edublog Awards

The purpose of the Edublog awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of social media.

The process creates a rich resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners. It also introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.

The Edublog Awards consists of three stages:

  1. Nomination
  2. Voting
  3. Winners Announced

Nominations are now open and I have made mine:

Best Individual Blog: David Hopkins 

Best New Blog: Chris Rowell 

Best Individual Tweeter: @timbuckteeth continues to inspire me

Best Free Web Tool: Twitter as I use it daily

Best Use of Media (Video, Podcasts, etc.): 

Best Mobile App: Hootsuite as it is the best way to view Twitter lists

Lifetime Achievement: Steve Wheeler 

Make your nominations now! 

Image source: Pixabay