Claire Beale is one of the widest users of new technologies in conjunction with Blackboard. Her students often come with an extensive background with using social media and are more than comfortable to jump into using Google Sites, while for those who are not tech savvy, they enable the option of Blackboard. As Claire explains the Sites help build a portfolio and enable collaboration and sharing across the external platforms students are already using. Claire is also using Pinterest and Instagram toward students participating in an international project called Fashion Locale with students in Melbourne, New York, Amsterdam, Cardiff and India. The students’ online collections are aggregated by the fashion data analytics tool Editd to learn about forecasting trends from street style. We have included the whole of her interview here as there is plenty to consider about using new technologies.

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