Happy New Year!

I thought while it was still January I’d best send out my Happy New Year greetings to all! 🙂

Over the Summer I have been in my favourite world heritage Tasmanian wildnerness spots – even climbing to the peak of a small mountain (well it was a 3 hour uphill hike and a 50 minute slip and slide back down) here at Freycinet, one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast of Tasmania. Sometimes I dream of returning to live in Tasmania as it is such a relaxing pretty and peaceful lifestyle. Plus my crazy, fun, eccentric family live there and keep me totally entertained every time I visit. 

By contrast, Sydney life is hectic and fast paced and intensely busy – I never seem to get the balance right between work and play, I am always tired, and I never feel like I am ahead. I used to have so much more time to think and write and blog and discuss ideas with people, but as you can see from my blogging, the past couple of years in particular I have found it increasingly difficult to squeeze everything in. 

Being in Tasmania always rejuvenates my spirits, but I feel like I need to rejuvenate my intellectual life and push myself a lot more to take intellectual risks with my writing and research. So I guess that is my big new year’s resolution – to reinvigorate my program of writing and research by taking risks and trying to view things from new perspectives.  

One thing I am really looking forward to is a plenary talk I am giving at the UKLA conference in July on virtual worlds and new literacies. I am hoping to reconnect with some of my favourite colleagues there and hopefully make some new contacts as well in similar fields. And… just for me, for pure pleasure, I am taking a week or so extra as vacation leave while in the UK so that I can adopt tourist mode and explore some exotic city in Europe – any suggestions?

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Angela! I hope by wanting to reconnect with your favourite colleagues you mean ME!?

    I’ve been looking into attending the UKLA conference but I am worried that the cost will be too prohibitive for my school (and me as an individual!). I am going to propose it to my school though.

    While you are here I hope you can come and visit my class. At that point we will indeed be in the final weeks of the school year but I’m sure we can show you what we’ve been up to throughout the year.

    Also – I’ve been super busy over the last few weeks devising my new little project – technologyinteaching.co.uk! It’s essentially going to be a video podcast. I’ve uploaded the first episode and will be tweaking it all before going with the official first episode. Take a look though because I mention you! I’d really value your comments too.

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