Some simple steps to ensure your Facebook privacy settings are as you want them

Facebook privacy check up
I received the message below when I logged into Facebook. It was a useful prompt to check my privacy settings, something we should ALL do at regular intervals.

Are you aware that you can make the choice to share your posts and other information just with friends you are connected to – that is the people you are friends with. If you do not check these settings you may find that you are sharing your information publicly. This means anyone can see your updates and profile.

Facebook privacy checkup

You can do a Privacy Check-up at any time by going to the privacy settings on your profile. This can be accessed by clicking on the padlock at the top of your Facebook page.

Facebook privacy settings


Key areas to consider

  • Who can see your posts
    Facebook settings
  • Who can contact you
    This can be set to everyone or just friends of friends.
  • Who can look you up using the email and telephone number you provided
    Choose to make this just friends, friends of friends or public.
  • Timeline and tagging i.e. who can add things to your timeline
    Here you can choose to review what is added.
  • Your app settings i.e. apps you’ve logged in to with Facebook
    Review app settings and delete those you don’t need anymore. Apps also have access to your friends list and any information you choose to make public.
  • Who can see your personal information
    Here you can choose for example to let your friends see your birthday but not share your full date of birth. This can be edited from your About page. Hover on the section you wish to edit and the edit pencil will appear.


Useful Links

The Facebook Help Centre: Basic Privacy Settings and Tools

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Extending your reach beyond the conference using SlideShare and Social Media


Over the years I have attended a good number of educational conferences. The usual format will include one or more keynote speakers and a selection of workshops and presentations. For many of these, presenters will prepare a set of presentation slides using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi. As a frequent presenter myself I am aware that my audience is limited to the people attending that particular session. You may choose to provide handouts or send the presentation file to the conference organiser who may add this to the conference website. The issue here is that handouts are not guaranteed to see the light of day again by the individual who took a copy, let alone anyone else. Having a link to your presentation file on the conference website my receive a few hits, but post conference I suspect not many will re-visit. What you can do however is to use social media to share your work.

Social Sharing

There are a number of ways you can share your presentations using social media. What is useful to note is the ‘ripple effect’ of social sharing. Not only can you share your work, but others on seeing it, may go on to share it further with their connections.

The starting point is uploading your slides to SlideShare. This space can also be used for sharing PDF documents, infographics and videos. It is now a very popular way for people to view and share presentations as each item uploaded has social media sharing buttons embedded. This makes it quick and easy for readers to share with their own connections on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Viewers may also favourite presentations and leave comments.


You will need to first of all create a SlideShare account. I recommend you complete the bio and upload a photograph. You upload a presentation by selecting your file from your chosen computer drive or cloud storage – for example Dropbox or Google Drive.

Slideshare upload You then have the opportunity to give your presentation a title and description. If you do not complete this as the file uploads, worry not. Simply go to ‘My Uploads’ and ‘Edit Details’. This brings up the box below. As you can see you can also add Tags. These are keywords people may use if using the search button in SlideShare, so choose these carefully. Remember to click Update to save your changes.

You may choose the type of licence you wish to give to the presentation. Your options include ‘All Rights Reserved’ to a variety of Creative Commons licences. I personally give all my work a Creative Commons licence.

Slideshare details box

Below is an example of one of my recent SlideShare presentations.


Sharing options

Within SlideShare at the top of your presentation viewers will also see options to share. The share option offers LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Alternatively it is possible to email the presentation; embed it in a blog or website; or download and save the presentation (this option can be switched off if you choose).

share options


SlideShare gives you the option to automatically upload your presentation to the summary section within your LinkedIn profile. This is a useful way to add value to your profile and make it stand out from others. Viewers of your profile will be able to view your SlideShare presentation directly from your page.

Other Social Media

Once my presentations are on SlideShare I make a habit of sharing the link and a brief description on the social networks I use professionally, e.g. Twitter and Google+. Sometimes I will also share on Facebook if I think it will be of interest to the connections I have there. This really is a personal choice.


A further useful feature of SlideShare is being able to receive comments and feedback about your presentations. In addition you can see how many people have shared, favourited or downloaded your presentation.


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Every little minute helps: Using Chrome to auto launch your most visited sites on start up



When you turn on your computer, it is likely that you will have a few favourite websites that you like to look at each day. Now whilst it doesn’t take that long to type in the web address for each one, there is a quick way to save these and have them open up automatically on start up using Chrome as your browser. Continue reading

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Using social media for learning, teaching and research

We want our students to

  • develop confident face to face and online communication skills
  • work collaboratively both synchronously and asynchronously
  • develop a professional online presence
  • use digital tools responsibly and effectively

To help our students develop these skills and knowledge we need to have clear pedagogic outcomes, embedding opportunities for them to learn and become fluent in a range of digital literacies. Information, media and technological fluency are all important. Continue reading

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Using Social Media in the Social Age of Learning #lifewidelearning

Magazine 10 June 2014

Lifewide Magazine is published four times a year under a Creative Commons license. Each issue examines a different aspect of lifewide learning, education, personal development and achievement. For this latest issue my colleague Chrissi Nerantzi and myself were invited by Professor Norman Jackson to be Guest Editors. This was a wonderful opportunity from which we have learnt so much. I would also like to mention Jenny whose creative expertise has been the key to setting out the articles in the magazine. Finally a huge thanks to all of the authors who have contributed articles. This was truly a co-operative effort.

The edition can be found at and is also free to download here: Using Social Media in the Social Age of Learning  Continue reading

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Choosing the right Creative Commons licence for your work

Creative Commons licencesWhy would you want a Creative Commons licence?

The Creative Commons copyright licenses give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. As more people adopt this ever growing ‘digital commons’ they share a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.

It is an opportunity for others to share your work with attribution and dependent on the licence you give it even build upon this work and re-share it with the wider community. There are a variety of different licences to choose from and this post aims to introduce those to you. Full information and guidance can be found on the Creative Commons website. Continue reading

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Hurrah! An easy way to attribute Flickr images


 Image source: creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by Jonas Tana:

Flickr is an image and video hosting site. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that the user has uploaded. Users uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. This can be set to public or private, or to a specific group. Flickr offers users the ability to either release their images under Creative Commons licenses or to label them as ‘all rights reserved’. Images can be filtered by licence and may also be given tags which can help users of Flickr locate themes images. Continue reading

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Twitter photo tagging – how to opt out

photo tagging in Twitter


You may have picked up that Twitter has just made some mobile updates enabling photo tagging. It is now possible to tag up to 10 people in a photo and it does not affect the character count in the tweet. Unless your Tweets are protected this means anyone can tag you. Continue reading

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The Wonderful Web at 25

Happy Birthday

Image source: Wikipedia

March 12th 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It is hard to believe that pre-1989 there was no Web (or at least public access to). In recent years as the price of computers have decreased and affordable smart technologies increased, access and use of the Web for many has become a daily part of our lives. The growth in smart mobile technology has meant that users can access the Web and social networking sites on the go when and wherever they want to. The first handheld cellphone was sold on March 13, 1984 for $3995— 30 years ago!  What a long way we have come. Today not only can we use these devices to hold telephone conversations, we can also text, take photos and video and share these through social networking sites, and access information from websites. WiFi hot spots are increasingly found in public spaces – buses, cafes and shops, making it easier for users to connect. Continue reading

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Visualising your LinkedIn connections

LinkedIn connections

LinkedIn Maps is a really nice way to visualise your connections on LinkedIn. Above is an image taken as a screen shot, however when created online it is actually interactive. Each dot is a node which links to one of your connections. As you click on the node it brings up that person’s photo and headline. Continue reading

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