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About David Hopkins
David is an experienced Teaching and Learning Consultant, currently working for Warwick Business School. He brings over 10 years commercial experience in Internet technologies and using the Internet to connect online communities to his ten years experience in Higher Education to his work and interests. David believes the role of a Learning Technologist is evolving, and is enjoying the exploration of 'what' they are and 'how' they work. David is using his background and knowledge of connecting communities online and is widening it in his daily role and responsibilities.
David has based his writing around his work and interest, the passion of learning: the first published in May, 2013, highlighting his experiences with QR Codes (how he's used them, how David has seen them being used, and how you can use and tailor them to foster interaction in and out of your classroom). The second book (June 2013) is based on his reflection and research theme of 'what is a Learning Technologist?'. David's third book, 'The Really Useful #EdTechBook' brought leading educators together in a single journal whey they were invited to reflect on their work, their experiences, and their own personal journeys in, and with, educational technology.
‘The Really Useful #EdTechBook‘ is about experiences, reflections, hopes, passions, expectations, and professionalism of those working with, in, and for the use of technology in education. Not only is it an insight into how, or why, we work with these technologies, it’s about how we as learning professionals got to where we are and how we go forward with our own development.
In this book respected individuals from different education sectors write about many aspects of learning technology; from Higher Education (Sue Beckingham, Peter Reed, Dr David Walker, Sheila MacNeil, Terese Bird, Wayne Barry, Inge de Waard, and Sharon Flynn), Further Education (Rachel Challen), to Museums (Zak Mensah), workplace learning (Julian Stodd, Julie Wedgwood, and Lesley Price) and primary schools / early years education (Mike McSharry). With a foreword written by Catherine Cronin, from the National University Ireland, Galway, the breadth and depth of the experiences here are second to none.
The knowledge these leading learning practitioners, researchers, and professionals, share, under the same cover, is a unique opportunity for you to read about the variety of approaches to learning technology, the different perspectives on the same technology, and how technology is impacting our culture and learning infrastructure, from early-age classrooms to leading research Universities and from museums and workplace learning providers. It is about our passion for our work and our desire to make our work better through our own learning and development.
- Catherine Cronin: Foreword
- David Hopkins: Introduction
- Wayne Barry: “…and what do you do?”: Can we explain the unexplainable?
- Zak Mensah: “Why do we do what we do?”
- Peter Reed: “The structure and roles of Learning Technologists within Higher Education Institutions”
- Rachel Challen: “Learning Technologists as agents of change? Blending policy and creativity”
- Julie Wedgwood: “Developing the skills and knowledge of a Learning Technologist”
- Dr David Walker and Sheila MacNeill: “Learning Technologist as Digital Pedagogue”
- Lesley Price: “Times they are a changing …or not?”
- Sue Beckingham: “The Blended Professional: Jack-of-all-Trades and Master of Some?”
- Julian Stodd: “How gadgets help us learn”
- Terese Bird: “Students Leading the Way in Mobile Learning Innovation”
- Inge de Waard: “Tech Dandy, or the Art of Leisure Learning”
- Sharon Flynn: “Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted?”
- Mike McSharry: “This is your five-minute warning!”
Using computers and technology in educational environments can be exciting and challenging. Implementing QR Codes within your student’s learning is just that: exciting to see how students of all ages use and interact with them, and a challenge to make them usable, informative, applicable, and appropriate. This book draws on established examples from the commercial and corporate world as well as from established users of QR Codes at all levels of education; from primary schools up to Universities. Not only will you find examples of how QR Codes have been used but you will find out how you can design, create, and implement your own QR Code treasure hunt, library resource, student group work, orientation activity, conference or event feedback, etc.
David Hopkins has developed a respected reputation among educational technology networks for his use and research into the uses of QR Codes. He has been active with QR Codes at Bournemouth University and more recently at the University of Leicester since 2008. This book draws on David’s QR Code experience with poster projects, classroom activities, and workshops and delivers these through a practical and up to date guide.”
What are people saying about QR Codes in Education?
“All you ever wanted to know about using QR codes in Education is in this eBook. It takes you from the very basics of what these delightful square barcodes are, how to view the information they link to, how to easily create your own and, most importantly, a vast array of ideas on why you would want to use them! Whilst not a newcomer to QR codes, I came away from reading inspired and with new ideas of how QR codes could be used to enhance learning and teaching.”
- Sue Beckingham (@suebecks), Educational Developer, Sheffield Hallam University
“The information is concise and user-friendly. The ‘Planning, Creating, and Monitoring your QR Codes’ chapter offers everything you need to get going with QR codes. Because of David’s extensive experience, you won’t have to learn the hard way. He’s made it easy. The book is well-balanced, but keep in mind – David’s examples and suggestions for using QR Codes in Education are very persuasive.”
- Brian Bishop (@bbishop262), CEO, Virtualwirks
“David’s book is a great place to begin for those educators who wish to start using QR codes in their classroom. The book begins by explaining what QR codes are and then delves into examples of use in education and Libraries. A veritable treasure trove of inspiration, the book should be read for this alone [chapter: QR Codes in the classroom] and I will be definitely trying some out.”
Julian Wood (@ideas_factory), Sheffield Primary School Future Learning Technologist
Have you ever got half-way to work and panicked about how you’d survive the day without the device (or devices) you rely on so heavily (your smartphone, tablet, USB stick, Moleskine notebook, PowerBar charger, etc.)? Do you have a device you don’t mind being without, for a short time, but others you just can’t bear to be apart from?
That is what I mean by ‘emergency rations’ - the stuff you have with you in your life (personal and/or professional) that you would make the effort to go back and get if you’d forgotten it.
What kit do we carry around with us, as teachers, academics, Learning Technologists, Instructional Designers, managers, administrators, thought leaders, change-agents, etc.? What eventualities do we perceive are going to come our way?
As our lives get more digital and our devices get more diverse and hungry for power, we need to stay connected, topped-up, plugged in or just simply want to prepare for that day when faced with our audience, standing at the lectern and panicking because there is a VGA input taunting you, reminding you that you forgot to ask “I’ll be presenting from my tablet … is that OK?”
Is it best summed up by Bill Thompson's tweet?
"Have realised that I very rarely check my phone. I am however umbilically attached to my networked pocket computer, used for many tasks."
— Bill Thompson (@billt)
In order to answer this I looked to my network for examples of what we use, like, dislike, discard, etc. on a daily or weekly basis. What do we use at/for work and what do we use for personal use - are there overlaps, are there differences? Do we embrace technology for work but shun it in our private life?
Bringing leaders in education together in one volume this book shows how the likes of Steve Wheeler, Eric Stoller, Sue Beckingham, Jackie Carter, Ryan Tracey, Stephen Heppell, Alec Couros, Jane Bozarth, Bryan Mathers, Amy Burvall, Julian Stodd, Jane Secker, and more, encounter this question. This book looks behind the tweets, behind the professional veneer and asks the question:
"What is the technology you find yourself turning around and going home for if you forget it. What can't leave at home or work, what do you feel naked without? (in your bag, in your pocket, wearable, etc.)?"
Full list of contributors to this unique insight into what leading and respected global educators think about their devices includes Steve Wheeler, Ian Wilson, Joyce Seitzinger, James Clay, David Hopkins, Jane Secker, Alec Couros, Sue Beckingham, Sarah Honeychurch, Sarah Knight, José Picardo, Nick Overton, Simon Lancaster, Jennifer Jones, Darcy Moore, Jane Bozarth, Stephen Heppell, Maha Bali, Julian Stodd, Kevin Corbett, Joel Mills, Neil Withnell, Jackie Carter, Sam Illingworth, Geoff Barton, Cormac Cahill, Emma King, Eric Stoller, Steve Collis, Matt Lingard, Amy Burvall, Nitin Parmar, Maren Deepwell, Chris Rowell, Bryan Mathers, Helen Blunden, Wayne Barry, Martin Hawksey, Linda Castañeda, Milena Bobeva, Alex Spiers, Shannon Tipton and Ryan Tracey.