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Weeknote 20/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #258 was entitled ‘Keep on keepin’ on’.
  • Walking in the Lake District to clock up two more ‘Quality Mountain Days’. Sunday was glorious sunglasses-and-ice-cream weather and so was easy, but Monday was challenging, and I fell down a crag.
  • Collaborating with my We Are Open Co-op colleagues on Tuesday morning. It was a ‘pre-think’ before the thinkathon we’re running next week for Passbolt.
  • Participating in a pre-conference Livestreaming 101 workshop on Tuesday afternoon, led by Christian Payne. I learned a lot about various approaches and kit, but also about how to run a very relaxed (yet very effective) three-hour workshop. Using Periscope meant I was back on Twitter for a few hours, and you can see the results here and here.
  • Attending the Thinking Digital conference. I’m always blown away by the quality and range of things that the speakers talk about. It was great to see regulars and to meet new people. The highlight for me was Imogen Heap performing a Frou Frou song, using her crazy gloves that can control music in realtime. At the conference dinner, I sat next to Martin Rosinski, the founder of Palringo, who lives down the road from me. His platform serves 30 million users. Wow!
  • Putting together some resources around fake news and digital literacies for an upcoming online keynote I’m doing on June 1st. More details here.
  • Recording and releasing Episode 82 of Today In Digital Education (TIDE), the regular podcast I record with Dai Barnes. This episode was entitled ‘Virtually Education’ and we discussed what we’ve been up to recently, online security, the link between education and poverty, grammar ‘robots’, hacking, virtual reality, and Google’s latest announcements.
  • Catching up with all kinds of people, including Erica Neve from Freeformers, Mike Carter from Tyncan Learning, Rafa Pereira from data.world, Rob Artnsen from MyKnowledgeMapWill Bentinck from Makers Academy, and Paul Stacey from Creative Commons.
  • Making updates and corrections to the Stir to Action article I submitted last week. You can view the draft here.
  • Starting to use 750words.com again to write down my thoughts at the beginning of the day. It’s something I used to do regularly, and I like the stats they give you. The approach is known as Morning Pages.
  • Talking with Cetis, who are (like We Are Open) a co-op that’s part of Co-operative Technologists. We’re putting in a joint bid to the Ufi VocTech Seed Fund next week.
  • Carrying out some research for London CLC around technology-enhanced teacher professional development in various parts of the world. It’s early days, but I’ve enjoyed diving into some of the academic literature.
  • Getting through the funding/sponsorship from Participate to start work on a wiki-based knowledge repository for Open Badges case studies, etc. We’ve also had confirmation from the foundational sponsors of Badge News that they’d like to continue with the arrangement past the first six month trial period!
  • Spending late Friday night with our eldest in hospital after a weird rash and blue lips gave us cause for concern. Turns out nobody knows what’s wrong, but he’s OK. The joys of parenting…
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working from home on Monday and Tuesday, travelling to London on Wednesday afternoon, spending Thursday at the Future of Work Summit and in meetings, and then taking Friday off.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 19/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #257 was entitled ‘Jetlag’.
  • Walking among the bluebells with my wife in the aptly-named Bluebell Wood near our home.
  • Recording and releasing Episode 81 of Today In Digital Education (TIDE), the regular podcast I record with Dai Barnes. This episode was entitled ‘Surveillance, Hacking, and Democracy’ and we discussed Mastodon, Dai’s new Linux machine, smart cities, Amazon’s new Echo device, privacy-invading apps, Chinese classrooms, Brexit, two-factor authentication, and more!
  • Planning with representatives from the David Ross Education Trust, including Guy Shearer. I’m keynoting and helping with their upcoming elearning conference.
  • Asking various people for some advice about what I should do next. Everything going fine, I just want to get my teeth stuck into something a bit ‘meatier’…
  • Interviewed by the Innovation Unit for upcoming work they’re doing around the future of edtech.
  • Finishing the first draft of an article for Stir to Action magazine. I’ve entitled it You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: digital employability for the new economy and you can add comments/thoughts/suggestions here.
  • Attending an important call run by the Open Recognition Alliance around the future of the Open Badges community, now that IMS Global Learning Consortium are stewards of the standard.
  • Catching up with Keiron Kirkland and meeting Rob Brown for the first time.  Gentlemen both.
  • Reading Psalm 139 at my grandmother’s funeral. It was obviously a sad day, but it was such a great send-off for her, and a sunny day to boot.
  • Planning my next two ‘Quality Mountain Days’ (of the 20 I need to get under my belt) to get on a Mountain Leader course.
  • Finishing, and then immediately flicking back to the front page of Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine to read it again. I may have to install a footnotes plugin on this blog in homage to Baker’s genius. Once I’ve re-read it, I’ll be moving on to HHhH by Laurent Binet.
  • Sending out Issue #10 of Badge News, a bi-weekly newsletter for those who want to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of Open Badges (on behalf of We Are Open Co-op).
  • Securing sponsorship for a new ‘knowledge repository’ that We Are Open will build to ensure the continued growth of the Open Badges movement. More on that when we announce it properly next week.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m up mountains in the Lake District on Sunday and Monday, and then collaborating with my co-op co-founders on Tuesday morning before heading to a workshop on Tuesday afternoon (run by Christian Payne, aka Documentally). I’m attending the Thinking Digital conference on Wednesday , and Thursday/Friday will be devoted to research for London CLC, and spinning up the new Open Badges ‘knowledge repository’.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 18/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Jetlagged. I’m not a night owl at all, so the fact I’m publishing this in the early hours of Saturday morning tells you all you need to know. I slept until midday on Friday. Flying forwards in time messes me up, no matter how much preparation I do.
  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #256 was entitled ‘Canada, eh?’.
  • Spending time in Calgary, working with Rocky View School District. I spent Monday with their tech team figuring out issues around communication and strategy, and then Tuesday with a much wider group around digital literacies. Many thanks to Verena Roberts for inviting me over!
  • Quitting Twitter for a month in favour of Mastodon, a move which I explained in this post. I’ve already come across really interesting people that I don’t think I would have come across otherwise!
  • Sending out the April issue of my Dynamic Skillset newsletter. This monthly missive always has a slightly different focus than my weekly newsletter, so if you haven’t subscribed, do so now!
  • Watching the films Logan and I, Daniel Blake on the way home from Canada. The former was pretty violent, but it was actually the latter that made more of an impression on me. It was set and filmed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, near where I live. It really resonated with me having grown up in an ex-mining town amongst people who just want to get on with life, but are prevented from doing so by a punitive State.
  • Delighted to be reunited with my wife and children. My daughter had lost both her front teeth by the time I got back, so not only did she look different, but she sounds different!
  • Chilling out. I’ll get back to work properly next week.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working from home all week, apart from Thursday which is my grandmother’s funeral.

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I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 17/2017

It’s been quite the last few days. This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m flying to Calgary to work with the Rocky Mountain School District around digital literacies. I’m then travelling back across the Atlantic so that I arrive home on Thursday morning. I am doing nothing else for the rest of the week as I will be tired (and jetlagged as a badger).


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 16/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #254 was entitled ‘Eggistentialism’
  • Travelling back from Devon. I flew down to spend Easter with my family, who had travelled down in the car to the in-laws while I was in Northern Ireland. We drove back together via London after climbing Haytor, eating lots of chocolate, and playing PS4 games.
  • Upgrading my Oneplus One to LineageOS, a fork of the CyanogenMod project. That means I’m now running Android 7.1, so I can lock down my device even more than I could before! The only thing I don’t seem to be able to re-enable is shooting photos in RAW mode…
  • Working with London CLC. I ran a two-hour workshop for them, which was focused on writing in networked spaces. I borrowed liberally from MailChimp’s excellent resource on Voice and Tone, as well as introducing the team to Telegra.ph, Write.as, Hemingway, Product Hunt, Betalist, Mastodon, and more!
  • Preparing for my trip to Canada next week. I’m not packed yet, but there’s a level of mental preparation required for a 10-day trip away from home that covers three discrete ‘events’.
  • Collaborating with my We Are Open Co-op colleagues, as well as Rosie Clayton, during our April co-op day yesterday. We invited Rosie along to get to know her better and to help us think through a Ufi bid we’re thinking of making. Read more here.
  • Doing admin. <yawn>
  • Answering questions about digital literacy from Sally Pewhairangi, a librarian from New Zealand. I blogged my responses here.
  • Issuing more badges to those who have completed Badge Bootcamp, a self-paced email course for those new to Open Badges.
  • Pondering many things, as I often do during holidays, including my (so-called) career, where we live, etc.
  • Visiting my 93 year-old grandmother, who’s currently in hospital.
  • Spending more time on Mastodon, the new(ish) Twitter-like network. I’m going to spend the month of May on there, as I think we need to spend time building decentralised, non-VC funded systems. I’ll just be posting blog posts and newsletter updates to Twitter. You can connect with me once you’ve signed up — I’m dajbelshaw@nullmastodon.cloud
  • Writing:

Next week, I fly to Canada (via London) on Monday. I’ve got a meeting and wandering around Toronto on Tuesday, then I’m running a two-day ‘intensive collaboration’ with the Ontario MLN on Wednesday/Thursday. Between Friday and Sunday I’ll be at the Creative Commons Summit, before travelling on to Calgary.

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I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

 

Weeknote 15/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Recovering from climbing Ben Nevis and other mountains last weekend. I wrote up that trip, which I made towards getting on the Mountain Leader course, here.
  • Posting various quotations, most of them from Richard Sennett’s magnificent book Together, to my Discours.es blog.
  • Keynoting the Annual Learning & Teaching Conference at Queen’s University Belfast. I presented on The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies and my slides can be found here. It was great to bump into Ibrar Bhatt (who’s just started working at QUB) while I was there!
  • Spending half of the working week in Northern Ireland, because of the above. I didn’t rush to get back home, as the rest of my family have headed down to Devon for Easter. I’m flying down tonight.
  • Setting up new 2.1 Sony soundbar + subwoofer system in my home office, as the power of my existing solution just wasn’t cutting it.
  • Working with Laura Hilliger on our session for the Creative Commons Summit in a couple of weeks’ time.
  • Catching up with Averil Morrow and John Peto while I was in Belfast, Jessica Garcia-Kohl from LRNG, and Verena Roberts about upcoming work I’m doing in Calgary.
  • Curating and sending out Issue #008 of Badge News, a regular newsletter for those interested in the world of Open Badges and digital credentials.
  • Advising MyKnowledgeMap on developing one of their products around eportfolios and badging. I wish some of these tools had been around when I was younger, I really do.
  • Helping with a job advert for London CLC and planning for a writing workshop I’m leading for them next week.
  • Collaborating with Richard Speight on some potential work We Are Open Co-op may do with him now he’s self-employed!
  • Conversing with Eylan Ezekiel in a critical friend role. I really enjoy this kind of work, and I reckon it’s possibly the most effective work I do, from terms of a cost/value point of view.
  • Writing:

Next week, apart from a bit of work in London on Tuesday, I’m not working during the first three days of the week. Thursday is a Co-op day, and then I’m working from home on Friday, planning upcoming work in Canada.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 14/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #253 was entitled ‘Spring has sprung!’
  • Attending a meeting of the local Scout group’s Executive Committee. Given the concerns I raised about using Facebook as the primary means of communication, it looks like I’ve got a couple of actions relating to the website…
  • Planning a Creative Commons Summit session with Laura Hilliger. We’ll be over in Toronto running a workshop which aims to forge links between co-ops and the commons.
  • Hitting publish on the March issue of my Dynamic Skillset newsletter. What do you mean you haven’t subscribed yet?!
  • Running an online workshop for Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. The session was on Open Badges and part of a week of activities supported by All Aboard: digital skills in Higher Education. The session was recorded, so I’ll share that at some point in the future. My slides can be found here.
  • Catching up with Kev Jones from Sussex Downs College about a potential application our co-op is making to the Ufi VocTech Seed Fund 2017.
  • Reflecting on being in business two years as a consultant. When I see how little many in full-time employment seem to enjoy their job, I’m thankful every day! I wrote up my reflections here.
  • Travelling to and from Manchester to present at the Co-operative Education and Research Conference. It took 6.5 hours to get there due to a fatality on the line, but it was definitely worthwhile going. The slides for my two sessions can be found here and here, and I did a brief write-up on the We Are Open Co-op blog. The keynote from Keri Facer was great, and (amongst others) it was good to catch up with her, Joss Winn, Mike Neary, and Richard Hall.
  • Messing around with ZeroNet. It’s describes itself as allowing ‘open, free and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network’. Despite still be new and experimental, it’s extremely well-constructed and answers a question I’ve been asking for years about how to create an un-takedownable website!
  • Planning my keynote and workshop for my visit to Queen’s University Belfast next week. I’ve only got 45 minutes on ‘The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies’, which I could actually talk about, without notes, for hours.
  • Drafting a job advert for London CLC, as one of their long-serving members of staff is off to join Google! I was keen for them to attempt to recruit someone in a less ‘stodgy’ way than usual, so they’ve video interviewed the person who’s leaving, and I’ve tried to make the job advert more conversational and focused on the individual who’s considering an application.
  • Climbing Ben Nevis, Stob Bàn, and Mullach nan Coirean on Friday and Saturday. It was a five-hour journey each well, too, so I spent almost the same amount of time driving as walking! Ben Nevis on Friday was a bit boring, but I enjoyed Saturday.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working from home on Monday, travelling to Northern Ireland on Tuesday, presenting and running a workshop at QUB on Wednesday, doing some work remotely with MyKnowledgeMap on Thursday, flying home, working from home on Good Friday (I know, I know) and then flying down to meet the rest of my family in Devon for Easter!


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 13/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’ll be working from home on Monday, working on some We Are Open client stuff. On Tuesday I’m running an online session on badges, then travelling to Manchester. Wednesday I’m presenting at the Co-operative Education & Research Conference. Thursday, I’m working from home. On Friday I’m heading up Ben Nevis.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 11/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working from home Monday-Thursday, then heading up some mountains on Friday/Saturday.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 10/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Doing different and diverse kinds of work. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of this working week in particular. I’m self-employed so I get high levels of autonomy and agency in my work anyway, but the focus of the things I’ve done for three different clients has been vastly different. It’s also involved a nice mix of working from my home office, travelling within the region that I live, and travelling further afield.
  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #249 was entitled ‘Ain’t no time like the present’.
  • Catching up with Thomas Steele-Maley, who’s currently doing great things in Dubai.
  • Failing to record an episode of the TIDE podcast, as Dai and I couldn’t align our schedules this week. Still our episodes are quite long, so it will give people a chance to catch up!
  • Sad to see the Azure Window in Gozo (an island off Malta) collapse into the sea. My family visited it on a number of occasions, as Gozo is one of our favourite places to go on holiday. It’s going to be a very different place as a result.
  • Helping facilitate a Story Hack event at Gateshead Central Library. We used the Booktype platform to create a book in less than seven hours. The quality of the book wasn’t the important part; the focus was on collaboration and framing an interesting topic. We chose to question Wikipedia’s guidelines around ‘notoriety’.
  • Interviewed for E-180 magazine. I really enjoy their regular newsletter, so was pleased to be able to answer some of the questions they had about Open Badges.
  • Working with Laura Hilliger to install Discourse, an open-source forum platform for a client of our co-op. We’re configuring it so each user chooses a pseudonym and so can be as anonymous as they want to be to other users. However, those in charge of the forum will know who each individual user is. It’s reasonably high-stakes in focus, so you can’t access it without a login to the forum itself.
  • Running a thinkathon for the NCCA in Dublin, Ireland with Bryan Mathers. We stayed in an apartment that was quiet, yet also right opposite the famous Toners pub! It was good to help Fred Boss and colleagues think through Open Badges.
  • Writing:

Next week, I’ll be finishing off that discussion forum piece of work, recording a new chapter of my audiobook on productivity, and preparing for a couple of upcoming trips to record some ‘quality mountain days’ in preparation for my Mountain Leader course.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

 

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