A Brief History of Social Media

Social MediaHave you ever wondered when the various social media sites were launched as well as the popular messaging apps? When did FaceBook start? Whatsapp? Messenger?

I created this timeline to give a high-level overview to answer your questions.

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Top 10 Inventions of the past 100 years

inventorWhat do you think are the most important inventions of the last 100 years?

In a recent ESL lesson I asked the students to discuss what they thought were the most important inventions.  Naturally they named the mobile phone as something they couldn’t live without.

I showed the following video, but before you watch it make your list of the greatest and most practical innovations.  You can find the top 10 list at the end of the article.

What would life be like without this invention?

How would it impact your life?

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How I use Instagram as my photo gallery


Instagram. Isn’t this some sort of social media thing that young people use to share photos of their food, browsing the latest fashions or posting daring selfies?

I like using Instagram which may come as a surprise to younger readers as I am a Baby Boomer and much older than the typical teenager or 20-something who have naturally embraced this social network.

Instagram is my personal photography gallery – a place where I can showcase my work to the world as well as looking at the photos of others.

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The How and Why of taking notes

Notebook of Mark TwainThe dullest pencil is better than the sharpest memory. Mark Twain is meant to have said this, but most quotations on the Internet get attributed to Twain.

I have been taking notes for most of my adult life. Usually these notes are recorded with pen and paper in a hardcover notebook, and more recently I use computers and my iPhone. My inspiration for keeping notes are the notebooks of history’s most well-known scientist, inventor and artist – Leonarda da Vinci. Leonardo Notebook
I like to take notes so I have a record of my life, thoughts and activities. Long term memories can fade and things we think we will remember, like notes from meetings, ideas and people’s names soon get forgotten. My notes are a permanent record of information, ideas and thoughts which can be searched and re-read. I take notes at work and at home and I always have with me a way of capturing notes – a notebook, my computer or my phone. In this article I introduce you to my note-taking systems.

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My Life with Movies – a digital story

My life with MoviesThis is the video I submitted as my project for the Digital Storytelling online course from the University of Houston.

This story shows how technology has affected the way I have watched and enjoyed movies. This includes cinema, television, VCR, DVD, computers, internet and now iPad.   As technology develops how will the experience of watching movies change and affect the relationship with film?

Watch the video and see for yourself. The duration is 5’33” and you can read the transcript later i n the article.

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