MmIT Committee member Antony Groves has kindly recorded his talk on Mindful Tech: balancing work and life (originally given at MmIT’s MindfulTech19 event in January 2019). In an MP4 recording (just under nine minutes long) he shares his own story about why he brought mindfulness practices into his own life and recommends books and tools that have helped support his practice. We share this during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Join us at Central Saint Martins for this
interactive workshop. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with sound,
then relate these experiences to teaching practices, strategies and approaches
to learning within a context of teaching information literacy. Themes will be
emergent on the day, but the workshop design encourages exploration of the
following: assumptions about group learning, group dynamics, lived experience
of teaching and learning, session design and digital learning.
Anyone who works with students supporting
information literacy/academic support or has an interest in pedagogy will
benefit from this workshop. Come along and put yourselves in your students
shoes for an afternoon and remember what it feels like to be learning something
brand new, reflect on your own learning habits and how group dynamics can
effect your own experience of learning.
The Call for Speakers for Internet Librarian International#ILI2019 has opened. Share your library experiences with hundreds of global colleagues this October in London.
Every year hundreds of library and information professionals – and others – come together at ILI to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. The focus is on real-world innovations, whether large or small. The organisers are looking for case studies, great stories, personal experiences and lessons learned from the ideas, strategies and practical implementations you’ve put in place.
The MmIT Committee were delighted to welcome over forty group members and others from the library and information community to Cilip HQ on 9 January 2019. We heard four excellent speakers who guided and provoked us to consider the topics of mindful technology and how to beat digital distraction.
In We need to talk about #Storify….. we reflected on the closure of the Storify digital curation service. Continued development throughout 2018 means that Wakelet has become the default alternative for most people.
If technology and the digital world feature in your professional interests, follow along with MmIT in 2019 for more writing and links to resources and events. We’re always happy to hear from guest bloggers!
MmIT’s webinar on Using video in your library and information service was held on 12 December 2018 and attracted a audience of over 50. MmIT Chair Andy Tattersall chaired the webinar and we were delighted to have three speakers from a range of professional library sessions who provided practical and inspiring introductions to a range of video-related tools:
Kim Donovan from @SPHLibrary introduced the Actionbound scavenger hunt app, which allows the creator to upload video for information and/or to set tasks which involve students/users uploading their own video.
MmIT Committee member Christina Harbour from @AngliaRuskin discussed Powtoon (which enables even beginners to create engaging, animated videos) and provided tips and hints on creating video using an iPad.
Claire Sewell from @theUL at Cambridge University provided overviews of Lumen5 (A.I. powered video creation platform that turns blog posts into engaging videos) and Screencastify (a browser extension that can be used as a live demo tool or to record a screen demo).
Via Twitter we had a recommendation from Cate Newell for Biteable, which is similar to Powtoon, for induction videos as it is free and easy to use and upload to YouTube.
The MmIT Committee warmly invite its group members and others working in the library and information community to our meeting of talks, incorporating the MmIT AGM for 2018, on 9 January 2019. Hot drinks will be provided and we have four excellent speakers to help us consider the topics of mindful technology and how to beat digital distractions.
How to feel better without logging offDr Sue Thomas(Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and author of Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age). “Encounters with nature have measurable positive effects – heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, stress melts away and the brain is more able to concentrate. This talk looks at how the same benefits can be gained by accessing nature in VR and online, and explains why we need more nature, not less technology. This is a chance to be mindful of the ways we connect to the natural world both on and offline”.
We aren’t addicted to our phones, we are addicted to being socialDave White(Head of Digital Learning, University of the Arts London). “Much of being mindful with technology involves us reflecting on our motivations to engage – are we making a positive choice or simply being pushed around by addictive platforms? Are we in control or simply feeding the data machine? A useful way to consider this is through the notion of personal agency. In this talk I will discuss how we can define clear modes of engagement when using digital technology and how we can retain our agency in an environment which has atomised knowledge and communication”.
20 quick ways to beat digital distractionAndy Tattersall (Information Specialist, University of Sheffield). “Did your New Year Resolutions include making 2019 less digitally overwhelming? This talk will take you on a whistle stop tour of 20 ideas and technologies to help you beat digital distraction”.