Open Thinkering


Weeknote 22/2014

Doug Belshaw at #digitalcurrency event

This week I’ve been:

  • Working only two days. Monday was a public holiday in the UK, and then I had to take Thursday and Friday off to look after my children after my wife was bed-ridden with ‘flu.
  • Meeting up with colleagues at #MozLDN. It turned out that most of our team was in town for various things, so we took the opportunity to huddle for a couple of hours.
  • Collaborating with Code Club. On Tuesday afternoon, Laura and I worked with them to find ways in which they could improve their HTML/CSS offerings using Webmaker.
  • Participating in a #digitalcurrency event at the University of Oxford. Organised by Dave White and Cristobal Cobo, the organising question was What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ in the Web era? My link-filled post I used as a reference point can be found here.
  • Sorting out plans for Mozilla’s contribution to the Sunday Times Festival of Education next month.
  • Updating my iterative e-book The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies to v0.99.
  • Enjoying a burger with Vinay Gupta and Oliver Quinlan. Topics of conversation included web literacy, $25 smartphones, hexayurts, and what happens when child geniuses discover the web for the first time.
  • Writing about the problem of individually responding to a structural problem we all have about ‘free’ services and their relation to data security and our privacy.

Next week I’m looking forward to catching up with stuff after my unexpected couple of days off work. Once that’s done, it’ll be getting an overdue Webmaker whitepaper out the door, finalising the Webmaker Mentor badge, and getting started with Web Literacy badges!

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