This week I’ve been:
- Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #248 was entitled ‘Don’t Block That Chain’.
- Travelling to and from Rome, Italy to work with St. George’s British International School. The weather and the staff were both lovely, and you can check out the slides I used for my keynote here. I took a few photos when wandering around the centre of Rome in the evening and have started reading SPQR by Mary Beard as a result of my trip!
- Recording and releasing Episode 77 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host, Dai Barnes. This episode was entitled ‘Edtech, learning, and ‘real life’, and we discussed innovation, digitisation, missions, manifestos, learning as ‘procrastination’, fitness devices, female digital assistants, and more!
- Introduced to the rest of the Ontario Mathematics Leadership Network team before heading out to do some work with them in Toronto right before the Creative Commons Global Summit.
- Meeting with a couple of potential new clients to discuss future work. I do like it when people say they’d like to “give me a pretty free hand”. It shows trust.
- Presenting (virtually) to a gathering of the ACODE network on the future of Open Badges in Higher Education. It was late evening for me and early morning for them. The slides I used are here.
- Curating and sending out Issue #005 of Badge News, the new bi-weekly newsletter from We Are Open Co-op for those interested in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Open Badges.
- Going to the doctors for a check-up. My blood pressure is 110/70, which is bang in the middle of ‘healthy’.
- Taking Friday off as a ‘Doug day’. I haven’t had one for a few weeks, and I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose. I played, read, walked, and went out for coffee. It did the trick, I’m right as rain today!
- Sending out the February edition of my monthly Dynamic Skillset newsletter.
- Is it the end of the traditional resume? [opensource.com] (Open Educational Thinkering, 1st March 2017)
- Keep on doing the right thing (Discours.es, 1st March 2017)
- Coming up with a manifesto to underpin my work (Open Educational Thinkering, 28th February 2017)
Next week I’m helping facilitate a ‘Story Hack’ at Gateshead Libraries and running a thinkathon for the NCCA in Dublin, Ireland (with Bryan Mathers). I’ve also got some research and writing to catch up with.
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