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Last updated: January 2015

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Doug Belshaw

I’m Doug Belshaw: husband, father, consultant, and camomile tea drinker. I was previously at Mozilla working on Open Badges and Web Literacy. I’ve also worked in Higher Education with Jisc, and as a school teacher and senior leader in UK schools.

I write here mainly about education, technology and productivity. Do consider subscribing to my RSS feed or for email updates. I’ve got a newsletter called Things I Learned This Week and you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. I also write about new literacies-related stuff at and share random stuff via my tumblr blog, Thought Shrapnel.

My most popular posts from each year since 2006 can be found below:


  1. Why I’m ditching Evernote for Simplenote (and Notational Velocity)
  2. HOWTO: Ditch Gmail for self-hosted webmail
  3. FirefoxOS v2.0 is possibly the easiest-to-use smartphone operating system I’ve experienced
  4. My morning routine
  5. The Web Literacy Standard is dead (long live the Web Literacy Map!)


  1. What I learned from turning my ‘Out of Office’ auto-replies on for a month
  2. Why I’m saying goodbye to Dropbox and hello to SpiderOak Hive
  3. Announcing the Web Literacy Standard (specification)
  4. A tribute to Chris Allan (@infernaldepart)
  5. Answering your questions about Open Badges


  1. Using Raspberry Pi and XBMC to build an ultra-cheap HTPC
  2. This is why teachers leave teaching
  3. Platforms as standards? 10 days with the Nokia N9.
  4. How I use a MacBook Pro (October 2012)
  5. How to make #openbadges work for you and your organisation


  1. How I Use a MacBook Pro (May 2011)
  2. What’s the opposite of ‘digital Taylorism’?
  3. The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (#digilit)
  4. #ukedchat #fail: TES attempts takeover cover-up whilst Pearson muscles-in on grassroots Twitter teacher CPD
  5. 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years


  1. 5 characteristics of successful organisations
  2. 5 genuinely useful Twitter tools
  3. Google Apps (Education Edition) vs. Microsoft Live@Edu
  4. 7 things the Bible taught me about productivity
  5. Things I learned this week – #1


  1. HOWTO: Add an RSS feed to Google Sites
  2. Are organizations like brains?
  3. Daniel Goleman on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
  4. HOWTO: Present full-screen using Prezi and an Apple Remote [OSX]
  5. HOWTO: Tether an iPhone to a netbook running Jolicloud


  1. Page peel script
  2. How to upgrade your Nokia N95 to v12.x firmware and make it a whole lot better
  3. 5 ways to make ‘textbook lessons’ more interesting
  4. 4 reasons you should jailbreak your iPhone 3G
  5. What is a VLE?


  1. Nokia N95 tips, reviews and software all in one place
  2. Demotivational posters
  3. Apple iPhone vs Nokia N95
  4. My favourite LOLcats
  5. How NOT to upgrade your Xbox


  1. The purpose of education? It isn’t this…
  2. Some ideas about the structure of my thesis proposal essay
  3. Managing Organizational Change – diagram
  4. Barriers to teachers’ use of ICT
  5. Ed.D. Thesis Proposal Outline

Finished reading those? You might enjoy reading my e-book, The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies, watching my TEDx talk or (heaven forbid) ploughing through my doctoral thesis.

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