Frances Bell

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Becoming part of a family of artists: a journey

This particular journey started in November 2016. I stood at the Colourlicious stall at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show and picked up a sheesham block of a tree (made by an artist in India).  I had previously bought another tree block, of a stylised Christmas tree, from which I had made padded tree decorations….

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Sustainability of networks and spaces #OER19 #femedtech

How do we manage sustainable spaces for exploring challenging issues around open? Steinmueller’s definition of virtual community is as he says minimalist. “A virtual community exists when it is possible for a group of individuals to meet and interact with each other in cyberspace and these individuals voluntarily choose to participate in these meetings and…

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femedtech Open Space #femedtech

Reblogged from https://oer19.oerconf.org/news/guest-blog-femedtech-open-space-by-lorna-campbell-and-frances-bell/ By Lorna M. Campbell, @lornamcampbell, and Frances Bell, @francesbell One of the real strengths of the OER Conferences is that in recent years they have increasingly facilitated an ongoing critical discourse that seeks to question and renegotiate what openness means to educators, teachers and learners within different contexts and perspectives.  This discourse…

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What can we do at #Femedtech to celebrate International Women’s Day? #IWD2019 #OEWEEK

via GIPHY Several months ago, I volunteered for Femedtech curation for these 2 weeks because I wanted to think about how we might mark International Women’s Day at Femedtech. As it happens, Javiera Atenas contacted me a few weeks ago about a possible event during Open Education Week and on International Women’s Day. I’m pleased…

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International Women’s Day 2019 #femedtech #IWD19 #IWD2019

The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 is Better the balance, better the world #Balanceforbetter , and it’s only a month away. After experiencing the BBC’s efforts at balance, I feel slightly suspicious of the concept but I am sure that @femedtech and #femedtech can mark IWD 2019 in style, and work towards gender balance…

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Epiphanies – thanks to Shoshana Zuboff

  Today is the twelfth day of Christmas, which makes me think of twelve drummers drumming and the Christian Feast of the Epiphany that traditionally celebrates the arrival of the Wise Men from afar. And by the by, it’s also #NollaigNamBan #WomensChristmas in Ireland. noun, plural e·piph·a·nies. ( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival,…

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Crafting as a networking and wellbeing activity for #Femedtech

Femedtechdata I am pretty passionate about the network that currently appears as a Twitter hashtag #femedtech, and as a Twitter account @femedtech that has existed as shared curation space since April 2018. We have a different curator every 2 weeks, each of whom brings their own perspective and practices, growing our network (as you can…

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What can this tree teach me?

I am not a botanist or a horticulturist, just a keen and irregular gardener with a passion for plants and trees.  I  am reflective by nature and often draw on my experiences outside formal education, as well as scholarship,  to reflect on and enrich my educational philosophy. This post is about something that happened in…

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#ALTC Preconference Walking Tour details and contact

Are you in Manchester for ALTC 2018, and free on the afternoon of Monday 10 September? Then please consider joining me for a walking tour, taking in the Whitworth Art Gallery, and back to the Conference Venue in time to register. You will be free to go around the Gallery on your own or with…

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Reflecting before #ALTC : Rear view mirror and forward vision

Objects in Mirror are closer than they appear by Aniket Thakur CC BY 2.0 In preparation for our interactive presentation at ALTC 2018 A personal, feminist and critical retrospective of Learning (and) Technology, 1994-2018, Catherine Cronin and I are sharing blog posts of our personal and feminist histories in education and technology that are sometimes…

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