This week I’ve been:
- Sending out Issue #211 of Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely focused on education, technology, and productivity. This week, amongst others, it included links relating to blockchain ideology, emoji miscommunication, and building awesome communities. Many thanks to 9Sharp for sponsoring this week’s issue!
- Recording and releasing Episode 47 (‘Neoliberal Emojis’) of the Today In Digital Education podcast, my weekly podcast with co-host Dai Barnes. This week we discussed migraines, digital charities, private school education, neoliberalism, Brexit, hyperdocs, working more than 50 hours a week, and more! You can discuss TIDE in our Slack channel.
- Catching up with Tom Barrett (via Skype), Alan O’Donahoe (over dinner), and John Bevan (doing our first gig as weareopen.coop for Digital Leaders).
- Withdrawing from various projects, trips, and commitments to refocus my energies on the important stuff (and things that make me happy).
- Working from home for one day, and then down in London for two days working with City & Guilds.
- Using a new Logitech Canvas keyboard case for my iPad Mini. It’s great: I can touch-type on it (just!) and it cost about a third of RRP brand new via an eBay seller.
- Spending Friday and Saturday up mountains in the Lake District (I’m posting this via the wifi at YHA Borrowdale).
On Sunday I’ll be at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle. Next week I’m taking it easy on Monday and Tuesday with just a few meetings and pottering around at home. Then I’m in London on Wednesday and Thursday with City & Guilds, and Cambridge on Friday running a workshop.