Category: Weeknotes (page 1 of 18)

Weeknote 29/2016

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #224 of Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely focused on education, technology, and productivity. This one featured childhood memories, tethered beings, and the myth of productivity.
  • Recording and releasing Episode 58 (‘Tethered Cretins’) ofToday In Digital Education, my weekly podcast with co-host Dai Barnes. We discussed barefoot adventures, squabbles about education, Pokémon Go, childhood memories, big data for porn, tethered communism, open organisations, culturally contrived ignorance, and more! You can discuss TIDE in our Slack channel.
  • Working one day with City & Guilds Group in London. This was my last day working Group-wide as I’ve switched to working directly with Digitalme (a recent acquisition they’ve made). I updated the Open Badges 101 course that Bryan Mathers and I created and recorded some short video clips to be used internally.
  • Attending the Web Science Institute’s Ethics Symposium in London. It was an excellent event with some top-notch speakers. I was delighted to get the chance to speak in depth with leaders in the field and look forward to following that up. Many thanks to Anni Rowland-Campbell for the invitation!
  • Starting work on some case studies around Open Badges for Digitalme while working from home. I spent some time digging into Sussex Downs College‘s Ufi-funded project, and created a graphic of their employability skills-related badge system.
  • Feeling old as I watched my son’s achievements be recognised in his first school leavers’ assembly. We have a three-tier system in Northumberland, so he’ll be moving up to middle school in September.
  • Helping Sarah Horrocks, Director of London CLC, through our ongoing critical friend sessions. I’m genuinely excited for the work we’ll be doing together (potentially through We Are Open Co-op) next academic year.
  • Drafting a few session proposals for the Mozilla Festival which is at the end of October 2016. The closing date is the end of July, so get yours in!
  • Creating some thinkathon proposals for potential We Are Open clients.
  • Putting up our tent and new awning to get ready for our epic month-long camping trip in August.
  • Packing and getting ready for my brief trip to Los Angeles to speak at the Corona-Norco Summer Institute on Digital Badging.

Next week I’m in California until Wednesday night, then working from home with Digitalme on Thursday and Friday. After that, it’s packing time! As I’ve already said, I’ll be under canvas and away from everything apart from occasionally glancing at work emails during August.

Weeknote 28/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m in London from Monday to Wednesday, doing some critical friend work on Thursday and Friday, and then flying to California on Saturday for some work the week after.

Weeknote 27/2016

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #222 of Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely focused on education, technology, and productivity.
  • Recording and releasing Episode 56 (‘Brave Metaphors’) of Today In Digital Education, my weekly podcast with co-host Dai Barnes. We discussed positive news, metaphors, badges, exercise, credentialing, Evernote, Douglas Rushkoff, Brave, Ecosia, Codemoji, Obama, cognitive potential, and more! You can discuss TIDE in our Slack channel.
  • Suffering from delayed jet lag. I was fine last week, and then ended up going back to bed on Monday morning after getting breakfast for the kids. Funny how these things work…
  • Chilling out on Tuesday and spending time with the family. I read things I’d been queuing up to read, and did some admin I’d been putting off for a while.
  • Buying a roof box for our upcoming family camping trip around Europe. I’ve planned out a rough route that takes us down past Lyon, into Italy and Lake Como, down past Nice and into Spain, visiting Barcelona and San Sebastián, and then back home via the west coast of France. Fortunately, we’ve got the whole of August to do that…
  • Working with City & Guilds from their London office on Wednesday. I also got to have a pleasant drink and a chat in the sunshine outside the British Library with John Potter from UCL.
  • Getting the DNS sorted out so that the We Are Open Co-op site could go live. Many thanks to Laura Hilliger for doing the majority of work on that!
  • Speaking at the Festival of Skills event on Thursday and Friday. I think it’s fair to say that there were less people there than expected. Still, I got a bit of a tan, got to hang out with the Digitalme guys, and got to talk about both Open Badges and the work Bryan Mathers and I have done with London CLC!
  • Honoured to be mentioned in the same bracket as Audrey Watters in this glowing post from Ben Wilkoff. I was particularly enamoured with this paragraph:
    • “They are philosophers in the best sense of the word: they offer a distinct viewpoint on learning that sets them apart from many of those around them. Although they are part of a broader blogging and academic community, they are not of it. They are both reaching further and creating more. And it is in this act of creation that I am most inspired.”
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working from home on Monday, down in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then back home on Thursday and Friday. The latter are the only days I’ve got any capacity until September, really — unless I re-jig things around my trip to California in a couple of weeks’ time.

Weeknote 26/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week: I’m taking a long weekend, then working from home on Tuesday, in London with City & Guilds on Wednesday, then at the Festival of Skills on Thursday/Friday.

Weeknote 25/2016

This week I’ve been:

  • Dismayed. The result of the EU referendum will reverberate for years. I’m still in shock.
  • Sending out Issue #220 of Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely focused on education, technology, and productivity. Many thanks to 9Sharp for sponsoring this week’s issue! (Note: I’m still looking for sponsors for July and September)
  • Recording and releasing Episode 55 (‘Stronger Ink(ing)’) of the Today In Digital Education podcast, my weekly podcast with co-host Dai Barnes. We discussed the EU referendum, reading the news, Microsoft Surface devices and ‘inking’, Minecraft Educator edition, teaching novice programmers, contextual identity on the web, and more! You can discuss TIDE in our Slack channel.
  • Spending time with my family before a week away from home. I took my time preparing slides, tied up loose ends, and did some reading.
  • Flying to Denver via London for the Badge Summit and an ISTE pre-conference workshop. My flight was quite delayed but, due to a booking system error, British Airways ended up upgrading to Business Class.
  • Keynoting the Badge Summit. You can find my slides here and Ian O’Byrne (my evil twin) kindly recorded my talk via Periscope (skip to around 22:30). I really enjoyed the event, organised by Noah Geisel, and found it a positive, optimistic, and energising day!
  • Going out for dinner with various people from the Badge Summit, introducing Ian O’Byrne to some of my favourite whiskies, and drinking my first (and perhaps only ever) root beer float.
  • Co-facilitating a pre-ISTE workshop on Open Badges ecosystems and pathways with Ian O’Byrne and Noah Geisel. Bryan Mathers also got involved with some live illustrating via Twitter from his man shed in London! you can check out the agenda and slides we used for the session, as well as a flavour of the workshop via these three Periscope videos: 1 / 2 / 3

I’m writing this from my hotel room in Denver on Saturday afternoon (local time). I’ll be here until Sunday night, then flying to London. After I’ve recovered from my jet lag and watched England’s EURO 2016 game, I’m facilitating a Digitalme event around employability on Tuesday. Then I’m off to Jersey to meet a potential client. Back home on Thursday night after a week away!

Weeknote 24/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m spending Monday to Wednesday at home with my family making sure I’m ready for my trip to the US. I’m arriving in Denver on Thursday, keynoting on Friday, running a pre-conference workshop on Saturday, attending ISTE on Sunday, then flying back to facilitate an event for Digitalme in London!

Weeknote 23/2016

This week I’ve been:

  • Refreshing my Dynamic Skillset website during the time I had to myself while my family were away in Devon visiting my inlaws last weekend.
  • Sending out Issue #218 of Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely focused on education, technology, and productivity. Many thanks to 9Sharp for sponsoring this week’s issue! (Note: I’m looking for sponsors for July and September)
  • Recording and releasing Episode 53 (‘Wild Sleep’) of the Today In Digital Education podcast, my weekly podcast with co-host Dai Barnes. We discussed the end of average, wild ideas, kids and online privacy, being human, encryption through the ages, Internet trends, getting a good night’s sleep, and more! You can discuss TIDE in our Slack channel.
  • Unproductive on Monday. I did a bit of work but, for some reason, I was all over the place. I took some time to get myself sorted, and was back to my usual productive self by Tuesday!
  • Spending Tuesday and Wednesday in London working with City & Guilds. I usually stay in an aparthotel when I’m down there, but this week stayed at a Premier Inn and managed to sleep for 11 hours!
  • Having lunch with the inimitable Graham Brown-Martin who, as ever, was on fine form. Bryan Mathers joined us at Pizza East in Shoreditch as we talked about western cultural imperialism, edtech, and the dark web.
  • Catching up with Nate Otto about the (positive!) future of the Badge Alliance.
  • Helping Digitalme with preparations for their June 28th event around digital credentials for employment. It’s invite-only, so if you haven’t received an email yet, you’ll have to watch the livestream!
  • Voting in the EU Referendum to remain in the EU. Ever since being a teacher I’ve requested a postal vote as it just makes life easier. Weareopen.coop have also been using Loomio to vote on a couple of things: pricing for orgs/causes we believe in, as well as deciding on our toolset.
  • Ordering new business cards courtesy of moo.com. As I don’t give them out like confetti, I’ve again gone for the more expensive, square ones. One side has my avatar, the flip side uses the colours from my newly-refreshed website, looking like the image in this tweet (note the weareopen.coop logo!)
  • Eating a lot of dates combined with 100% chocolate as I’m not consuming refined sugar this month.
  • Working on a post about how Open Badges ‘work like the web’ for DML Central. It will go live on Monday but you can see a preview here. Thanks to those who gave me feedback, and to Bryan Mathers for creating a couple of illustrations for it!
  • Meeting for a ‘critical friend’ session with Eylan Ezekiel. Find out more about what these are here.
  • Scoring applications for the sixth and final DML Competition about playlists for learning.
  • Starting to write the report of last week’s Cambridge English workshop. I’ll have to finish it last week as I had childcare duties, cutting short Friday’s working hours.
  • Watching the first match of EURO 2016 football tournament between hosts France and Romania. In fact, I’m writing this while watching it!
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working on our church’s website on Monday, down in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, working from home on Thursday, and then starting to plan my Badge Summit keynote for a couple of weeks’ time.

Weeknote 22/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week: My wife and children are in Devon until Sunday, so I’ll probably end up working this weekend. I’m working from home with City & Guilds on Monday, and then in London working from their offices on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve got a report to write and bits and pieces to sort on Thursday, and then I’m very much looking forward to taking Friday off…

Availability: I’ve got a few days free in June and July. I’m then on holiday in August and will have a lot more availability in September.

Newsletter sponsorship: I’m currently looking for a sponsor for my Thought Shrapnel newsletter for the months of July and September. It goes out to over 1,100 people who have signed up for updates around education, technology, and productivity. Get in touch if you, or someone you know, might like to sponsor it!

Weeknote 21/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week: I’m volunteering from tomorrow at Marra Camp with my son’s Cub Scouts pack for the Bank Holiday weekend. The rest of my family will then be in Devon for half-term at the inlaws’ while I split my time between London, Cambridge, and home.

Weeknote 20/2016

Note: the only feedback I got about last week’s alternative weeknote format was from Aaron Davis (“a bit lengthy”) and my wife (“who wants to know about all that stuff?”). So you’ll be pleased to learn that I’ve returned to the original approach.


This week I’ve been:

Next week I’ll be in London from Monday to Wednesday working with City & Guilds, then planning next steps with weareopen.coop on Thursday. I’ve got bits and pieces to do on Friday, before heading to the England vs. Australia match in the evening. After that I’m volunteering to help with Cub camp all Bank Holiday weekend…

 

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