This week I’ve been:
- Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #260 was entitled ‘The Coming Storm’.
- Spending a lot of time with my family as it’s their half-term. It was a public holiday on Monday, and then we went away Tuesday to Thursday, cycling and generally relaxing in a log cabin near Callander, Scotland. We also enjoyed spending time at the beach with my sister, neice, and nephew.
- Abandoning Twitter as a place where I engage with others. Yes, I’ve spent 10 years on the platform, but it’s time to move on, for the three reasons I outlined in this post. Join me on social.coop — I’m @dajbelshaw there, too.
- Presenting on digital literacy and fake news as part of a Library 2.0 online conference. The recordings are available here but, unfortunately, you have to register to be part of the Library 2.0 community to access them. Sorry about that. My overview/positioning post, with short slide deck is on the open web.
- Catching up with Rachel Neaman, newly-minted CEO of the Corsham Institute in London. Afterwards, I headed to the British Library to do some work, but ended up buying a ticket to see their (excellent) exhibition: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. I studied this time period for ‘A’ Level, and also taught it for a time, back when I was a History teacher.
- Booking flights for a trip to Dubai to meet representatives of the Al Ghurair Foundation.
- Continuing my research for London CLC around international teacher CPD.
Next week I’ll be in Dubai from Sunday to Tuesday, then I’m working from home on Wednesday and Thursday. I’d planned to get in another couple of Quality Mountain Days next weekend, but my son’s got an important swimming gala, and a football tournament, so I’m postponing for now.
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