This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #288 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Socially and emotionally unavailable’ and featured curated links from the Thought Shrapnel blog (where you can also sign up if you don’t yet subscribe!)
  • Making a snowman with my seven year-old daughter on the field near our house. It’s never really snowed enough in her lifetime to do so before!
  • Celebrating my son’s eleventh birthday. Time. Flies.
  • Continuing work on Project MoodleNet. This week, whiteboarding and system architecture (not quite ready to show the world yet), meetings, planning for a trip to Moodle HQ in Perth, Australia next month, starting a GDPR course, catching up with Learn Moodle Basics 3.4, and finishing off a series of posts on the project blog.
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 95 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘New Year, same old TIDE’ and discussed what we’ve been up to since the end of last year, family life, book recommendations, using smartphones wisely, GDPR, and more!
  • Renegotiating our mortgage and deciding on which car to go with next, as our current lease expires in March. After a 24-hour test drive of a Toyota C-HR, which is a very cool car, we’ve decided to go with the 2018 version of our current Toyota Auris Touring Sports, as it’s extremely practical for the kind of life my family leads.
  • Curating and scheduling Issue #25 of Badge News, a regular newsletter for the Open Badges community. It’s going to be hitting inboxes on the last Friday of the month from now on.
  • Looking after my family, who all managed to lose their voice due to some kind of cold this week.
  • Participating in the first Mozilla Open Leadership Map community call, led by Chad Sansing. It’s promising work, and I showed up to say hello to former colleagues and connect the work with other initiatives (both previous Mozilla ones and elsewhere).
  • Attending the Bett Show on Friday with Bryan Mathers, whose family also gave me a place to stay on Thursday night. It was good to see, amongst others, Sophie Bessemer, Graham Brown-Martin, Dawn Hallybone, Gavin Henrick, Paul Hutson, Tony Parkin, and Oliver Quinlan there.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m at home, working with Moodle from Monday to Thursday, and then planning with Bryan Mathers for upcoming work we’re doing on behalf of We Are Open Co-op with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. next month.