Gandalf reading a book. "A Wizard is never late, nor is he early. He returns his books precisely when he's meant to"

Making Posters - Productive Procrastination

Some of the most commented-upon posters on my library walls are these classics from the wonderful PaperZip website (click the images for links to high quality downloads): I've also got a few nice comments about this Spock poster I made myself: A student said to me the other week, "You just need a Star Wars […]

Quick and Easy Design

Last week - at short notice - I was told that I needed to put together some reading lists to hand out to parents and students when they came in to school on Student Review Day (SRD) to encourage them to visit the school library. I added this job to my never-ending, ever-expanding list of […]

Thing 23: Making It Work Together

Here it is - the final Thing! I made it! A lot of ground has been covered in these 23 Things, so an obvious question is, "How do I stay on top of all these tools, platforms, streams and other gubbins?". An answer would be to have a look at Rudaí23's final Thing! They suggest […]

Thing 22: Mobile Things

As recommended by Thing 22 - Mobile Things, I have been been playing around with the fashionably retro app, Gum. The app's creators describe Gum as "the social network of things". Sounds great, but doesn't tell you very much - but luckily, the app is about as simple as apps get these days. The website […]

Thing 21: Infographics

Infographics are a fun and striking way to present information and have caught on in a big way. I have been a fan of David McCandless' work for a while now - if you haven't already, you should check out his books Information Is Beautiful and Knowledge Is Beautiful. Are infographics better than a traditional Excel/PowerPoint […]

Thing 17: Reflective Practice 3/Augmented Reality revisited

View image | gettyimages.com Rudaí 23 has definitely been worth the time and effort I have put into it. I have implemented a number of things that I have learnt on these Things. This is the story of one such implementation. "Here, have a look at this cool thing I've been playing with," I said […]

Thing 14: Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) - the Next Big Thing or a flash in the pan? A useful education tool or a fun little distraction? And, more to the point, just what is AR? Put simply, it is a way of using smart devices to interact with things around you. For example, if I were to go […]

Thing 11: Time Management (Reflective Practice)

Time management. Now there's a thing. I can easily spend so much time managing time that I end up with no time to do anything else! Time time time! View image | gettyimages.com I test and reject and retry and implement all kinds of time management tools - todo lists, calendar reminders, e-mail, bullet lists […]

Thing 10: Live Streaming

View image | gettyimages.com If I had to use one word to describe my experience with live streaming, it would be frustrating. I haven't live streamed anything myself, nor have I participated directly in an event, but I have spectated a few. A couple of months ago, I tried to watch the live stream of […]

Thing 9: Video

I am back from my summer holiday now, where I walked from the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth) across the whole country to Book Town (Hay-on-Wye). Books and walking - what's not to love?! So here I am, refreshed and ready for the next Rudaí 23 Thing - videos. The task for this Thing was […]