This week I’ve been:

  • Mysteriously well as everyone around me succumbs to autumnal colds and other sniffles. I’m tempting fate here: I may be struck down just before we head off on holiday next week!
  • Running the last Computing Club of this half-term for some Year 4 pupils at the local school. We used the new version of Mozilla Thimble to remix the Keep Calm & Carry On poster.
  • Sending out Issue #191 of my newsletter, Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel. It featured links relating to: social mobility, ChromiumOS, and time management mistakes. This month’s newsletters are in association with City & Guilds TechBac. November’s sponsorship is still up for grabs!
  • Accompanying my children to their first piano lesson, which took me back to my childhood.
  • Releasing Episode 27 (‘Kenyan Packing’) of the Today In Digital Education podcast, my weekly podcast  Dai Barnes. This week’s episode was shorter due to Dai’s trip to Kenya. We discussed the Nvidia Shield TV, whether you should post to Medium, why Twitter is ‘dying’, GitHub pages, operating systems, and time management mistakes.
  • Finishing reading  The Open Organization and submitting (related) #OER16 conference proposals for a presentation and a workshop with Laura Hilliger.
  • Finishing reading  The Open Organization and submitting (related) #OER16 conference proposals for a presentation and a workshop with Laura Hilliger.
  • Collaborating with Bryan Mathers on various things, including NFC enabled business cards (see last bullet!) and talking with Mark Martin about various things.
  • Pushing through some more Open Badges-related work at City & Guilds in my role as Chair of the Open Badges Advisory Group.
  • Finishing a short report for Sarah Horrocks at London CLC relating to some of their upcoming work. I’m going to be working them a bit more in future as I perform a kind of critical friend / consultant consigliere role.
  • Moving back into our house after three weeks of living at my parents’ house while building work has been done on our home. Its like a different house.
  • Looking after my children on Friday instead of having a ‘Doug day’ as it was a teacher training day at their school and my wife was starting a bit of consultancy of her own for Think Physics.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working for City & Guilds at home on Monday, before heading off to Gozo on a family holiday for a week. Thankfully, my mother will be around to check on the builders as they finish the work on our loft conversion!