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Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #5

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

By far the most clicked-on link I shared was Why we don’t celebrate Hallowe’en in our house from this blog (258). But, as I pointed out last week, I’m not including my own posts in these Top 10s any more… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. MSI AE1900 Touchscreen PC Refurb [eBay] (93)
  2. The ‘Perfect Storm’ of mobile learning adoption [diagram] (71)
  3. BBC News: Weakest schools in England to be taken over (67)
  4. How to Stop the Obnoxious “Top stories today by @yourname” (39)
  5. Howto: Roll your own FailFaire (27)
  6. New endowment fund for underperforming schools (26)
  7. BBC News: David Cameron unveils ‘enterprise visa’ (18)
  8. Five new themes – Official GMail Blog (16)
  9. Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills [information on thoughts-per-min vs. wpm] (14)
  10. 50 uses for mobile learning in 16 categories (12)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #4

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

I’ve decided not to link to my own blog posts this week. Seems kind of pointless given that you’re either reading this on my blog or reading this via RSS/email… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets.

  1. Michael Gove’s 25-year-old ex-adviser given £500,000 free schools grant (100)
  2. Wikipedia: Carol Dweck (30)
  3. Apple App Store: JotNot Scanner Pro (22)
  4. The Classroom Experiment (22)
  5. Lanyrd: Metaphwoar! 9th November 2010 (20)
  6. Connectedness in Practice-Based Education: The Why, Who, What (19)
  7. On The Horizon: JISC Mobile & Wireless Technologies Review – Quotations (15)
  8. HEFCE: Understanding student perspectives on lifelong learning (14)
  9. JISC: Effective Practice in a Digital Age (14)
  10. JISC: Practical suggestions to remain compliant with the Digital Economy Act (13)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #3

Apologies for not posting this, I was travelling from Malta…

You know the routine by now, I use Pro to find the links that people have clicked on most often when I’ve shared them on Twitter.

I urge you to click on the Hawthorne Effect link if you don’t know what it’s about. Researchers especially should avoid claiming wonders if they haven’t taken it into account!

Name / Link (clicks)

  1. Things I Learned This Week #42 (63)
  2. DailyNote WordPress Theme (43)
  3. Dilbert on engineering, sales & marketing (39)
  4. Edtech companies: inspiring or conspiring? (29)
  5. Notifo: a notifications inbox (21)
  6. Meeting with Ed.D. thesis supervisor: restructuring (16)
  7. Doug on Productivity – Episode (15)
  8. Tesco to sell Samsung Galaxy Tab for £529 (14)
  9. Ed.D. thesis restructure (13)
  10. Wikipedia: The Hawthorne Effect – (9)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #2

I forgot to do it last week, but it’s back (albeit with a slightly different name) this week! The following are the 10 most popular links I shared on Twitter, as tracked by Pro. If you want to know how to get your own custom URL shortener, there’s a guide at (seemingly down at present – Google cache here, although sans images)

Name / Link (clicks)

  1. Things I Learned This Week – #41 (70)
  2. Google Books – Library – Mobile Stuff / (30)
  3. Crime software may help police predict violent offences / (26)
  4. Easily-adaptable WordPress Loop Templates / (26)
  5. Got 5 seconds? Help with the redesign of this blog! / (17)
  6. Testing on the Vodafone 360 Handset Cloud Service / (15)
  7. Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference : JISC / (10)
  8. Doug on Productivity – Episode 3 / (10)
  9. Open Learning: the journal of open and distance learning / (10)
  10. Get a Skype button / (8)

Last time around I wrote this at lunchtime, scheduling it for 5pm BST (GMT +1). This time I wrote it at the same time but scheduled it for 3pm. Let me know what you prefer. 🙂

Weeknote #29

Weeknote 29This week I have been mostly…

Getting JISC-y with it

It’s finally finished! The mobile and wireless technologies review I’ve been working on for the last few months is finally ready. I’ll not link to it until I’ve presented at next week’s meeting but, at 17,000+ words it’s a fairly substantial piece of work.

I also attended the JISC Online e-Learning Conference this week. It was variable.. Keri Facer’s keynote on the future of education was awesome, as was Anne Miller’s session on innovation and barriers. Graham Brown-Martin’s session on mobile technologies was entertaining and I wish I hadn’t been commuting during the session on Open Educational Resources. There’s not point linking to the sessions I didn’t like; suffice to say that I’m not fond of people bigging themselves or their institution up and delivering little in the way of new ideas or sharing good practice. Overall, worth virtually attending though – more on my conference blog. 🙂

Trudging through snow

It’s a winter wonderland up in Northumberland at the moment. It won’t be long before I’ll be able to do this again (January 2010):


Receiving a free netbook

I’m not sure whether it’s because I spoke at BETT a couple of years ago on netbooks in the classroom, my pre-release review of the LG Shine from a few years back or uncomissioned videos such as my hands-on review of the Dell Streak, but I was approached this week to review the Dell 2110 education-focused netbook. It was delivered yesterday so expect a review soon!

Planning a conference

Andy Stewart and I are planning a conference. No, I’m not going to tell you when, where or what it’s about. Suffice to say these things take a fair amount of thinking about. Good grief. If you’ve experience in these matters, feel free to get in touch!

Top 10 links I’ve shared this week

The following links were those most clicked on (according to Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via  Twitter this week. I don’t include links back to this blog.

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. Telegraph | 200 students admit cheating after professor’s online rant (83)
  2. Spin Collective | Sea mural sticker set (49)
  3. Guardian | Students protest (40)
  4. hu2 | Water Cycle wall sticker (35)
  5. The Importance of Teaching – The School White Paper 2010 (27)
  6. BBC News | Teacher training at heart of schools reform (25)
  7. Twitter | Alfie Kohn: critique of Math instruction (25)
  8. Literature and Latte – Scrivener (21)
  9. Through The Phases (18)
  10. | Boettinger: Moving Mountains (9)

Weeknote #28

Weeknote #28This week I have been mostly…


Well, typing, but we tend to look at the future through the rearview mirror (to slightly misquote Marshall McLuhan). I’m almost finished the draft of my JISC Mobile & Wireless Technologies Review. I’ll share it, of course, when it’s finished! (16,500 words and counting…)

Spending time with my Dad

He goes back to the UAE today, but it’s been good to have my Dad around for a week due to Second Eid.

Buying a Sony Vaio P Series

You know that stuff I sold via #twebay? I used it to fund an 8″ Sony Vaio P Series ultraportable. I found one for £350 on eBay with the extended battery and in immaculate condition. I love the fact that it’s got 3G and it’s lighter than an iPad yet has a keyboard that’s almost full-size. Tip: when deleting things ready for sale, remember to remove your media player history. :-p

Starting some consultancy work

Those who have read my blog for a while – certainly when I was working in schools – will know how I’ve railed against consultants in the past. The trouble was that I’d only come across the shiny-suited types, those that are parachuted in, say nothing much and then you never see again.

Working with consultants on JISC projects couldn’t be more different. They’re often the most dedicated, hard-working and passionate people you’ll ever meet. Which is why I’ve started doing some consulting for a consultant. If you think I might be able to help you in #uppingyourgame (in a productivity-related way or otherwise) click on the Work with Doug link.

Top 10 links I’ve shared this week

The following links were those most clicked on (according to Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via   Twitter this week. I don’t include links back to this blog and the numbers this week show that I haven’t been as active on there as usual due to writing #jiscmobilereview!

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. Daddy O (187 Lockdown Club Mix) [Spotify] (22)
  2. Interesting North – Doug’s Conference Blog (22)
  3. Skype Education (19)
  4. Justice with Michael Sandel (13)
  5. WordPress theme – Typograph (13)
  6. Pontydysgu – Research on Mobile Learning (10)
  7. Rypple (9)
  8. Telegraph: Fix the workplace, not the workers (9)
  9. New York Times: Building a Better Teacher (7)
  10. J Biebz – U Smile (800% slower) (5)

Weeknote #27

This week I have been mostly…

Working on my thesis

Although working from home this week didn’t produce quite the number of words towards my Ed.D. thesis as I’d hoped, it nevertheless did result in a bit of a breakthrough. I now know why we’re not all talking about ‘digital literacy’ in the UK.

Selling stuff via #twebay

I’ll explain how I went about doing this in a separate post but, having already sold one or two things to Twitter followers this year, I had a go at selling a bunch of stuff using nothing more than Google Docs and TweetDeck. Check out – there’s still some stuff available!

Buying a car

I think quite possibly I have got the bargain of the year: a 1.7-litre Ford Puma (with the ‘luxury pack’) for £350:

Doug's Ford Puma

There’s a large chance I was swayed in my love of Puma’s by the advert for them featuring Steve McQueen (which was on TV in 1997/8 just before I learned to drive):



Top 10 links I shared this week

As I explained earlier this week, it makes sense to combine my new ‘Top 10 Links I Shared This Week’ series with these weeknotes. The following links were those most clicked on (according to Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via  Twitter this week. I don’t include links back to this blog.

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. Futurelab – Digital Participation, Digital Literacy and School Subjects (61)
  2. Gumtree listing of the Ford Puma I bought (51)
  3. What Matters Most: Evidence-based findings of key factors affecting the educational experiences and outcomes for girls and boys throughout their primary and secondary schooling (39)
  4. Alumni magazines: Bah! (38)
  5. Barack Obama – LinkedIn (19)
  6. Digital Britain: Final Report (2009) (17)
  7. Firesheep (16)
  8. BBC News: Large Hadron Collider creates a ‘mini black hole’ (14)
  9. Feedly Mini: Redesigned (11)
  10. Demonstrating JISC’s value and impact (9)

Things I Learned This Week – #21

I learned lots and had a great time at the bMoble Conference in Bradford on Thursday. Shame I didn’t get home until 1.30am the next morning due to trains being massively delayed at every connection! My 7-minute micropresentation went down very well at the associated TeachMeet, presenting using the Lessig method. I’m going to try and sync the video stream and my slides when I get time! 😀


  • You’ve got to love search engine mashups. The latest I’ve come across is Goofram, which puts Google and Wolfram Alpha side-by-side!
  • LiteSwitch makes Command-Tab on Mac OSX a little more useful. 🙂
  • Looks like momentum is growing for a move from Facebook to something more open like Diaspora. Proof? 4772 people pledged $174,323 towards a $10,000 goal. Wow!
  • Amazon S3 is a cloud storage solution. It kicks ass; lots of start-ups use it. Now Google’s getting in on the act.
  • I really like the CoolIris presentation method and have used it a couple of times before. Alan Levine’s got an updated guide on how to do it. Awesome!

Productivity & Inspiration

  • Lifehacker’s got a great post entitled The Set-It-and-Forget-It Guide to Never Missing Important Events. I needed to re-visit my labelling ‘regime’!
  • Another post on Lifehacker explains how useful procedure lists are. It’s something I’ll be looking into soon…
  • As I’ve said eleventy-billion times before, running makes you more productive. Barefoot running looks interesting but potentially painful. Thankfully, Zen Habits has a guide for that!
  • MicroMobs looks like a very productive way to get groups communicating effectively (ReadWriteWeb overview here)
  • On Friday it was the 30th anniversary of Pac-man. The Google home page featured a commemorative logo with a playable game. Apparently it pretty much ground many people’s productivity to a halt… 😉

Education & Academic

Smartboards don’t change the model that’s broken. They just make that model way more expensive.

  • You’ll be delighted to know that that the Boltzmann Equation has finally been solved after 140 years. And just as I was about to publish my own solution… 😉
  • Futurelab is partnering with HP to launch the Catalyst Initiative. As part of this, Futurelab has been invited to facilitate the ‘Pedagogy 3.0’ consortium. They’re taking applications to be part of it. The aim is to:

explore new models of teacher preparation that will better equip teachers to facilitate powerful 21st century STEM learning experiences for students. Projects engage new teachers during their pre-service and induction years, and involve in-service master teachers, teacher education faculty, and engineering/science content experts and faculty.

  • Zooburst is a 3D, augmented reality storytelling tool that I think educators are going to love! Example below from Alan Levine (hint: try clicking & dragging!):

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Want a well-designed visualization of the 2010 World Cup schedule? Look no further! (shame it’s in German…)
  • Ahh… I always wondered where cursors came from… 😉

  • George Siemens has posted a list of useful data sources for those wanting to research and/or find out statistics.
  • Confused about the political situation in Thailand? Need a quick, nicely-designed overview timeline of recent events? Here you go (CC BY-SA wltpim):



I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either. (Jack Benny)

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. (Jean De La Fontaine)

Prosperity belongs to those who learn new things the fastest. (Paul Zane Pilzer)

Never, never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrow-mindedness, & many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. (Mark Twain)

Image CC BY-NC-SA Claudio.Ar (not too much online)

Things I Learned This Week – #14

CC BY Sister72

Happy Easter! I started a new job this week, which immediately gave me some perspective on how easy it is to assume that the education system is one way when it’s actually completely different. I also attended #BectaX (about which I’ll be blogging in more detail) and met with an educational publisher about the ways the Apple iPad can revolutionize the textbook. Exciting times! 😀



  • Hello and welcome back to those who have been living under a rock for the past few weeks/months. There’s this new device called the Apple iPad and everyone’s a bit excited about it – especially as it’s been launched in the USA this week to rave reviews. If the outside of it’s not enough, have a look at the inside as well. It might be enough to change the dominance of Flash on the intertubes. Seth Godin thinks that if you’re a journalist or magazine that is average, the iPad means you’re screwed. I’m more excited about things like Mixr, ‘a DJ app done right’. 🙂
  • auto-adds links you post on Twitter to Delicious (with advanced options including hashtag conversion) Awesome!

  • The above says it all, really. But seriously, for most people there’s a dip between being a child/young adult and then having children that manifests itself as a ‘dip’ in technology adoption and understanding. That’s my theory, anyway…
  • I’ve moved from using Google Apps Education Edition at the Academy to Microsoft Outlook at JISC infoNet. Gah! At least the Xobni add-on for Outlook makes it a bit more bearable… :-p
  • In the future we could be using gestures and our skin to interact with machines. Wow.

Productivity & Inspiration

  • Zen Habits has some useful advice on 13 small things to simplify your workday. Number 2 is über-important in the long-term!
  • Ever wanted to gaze at the wonder of the Sistine Chapel? Now you can immerse yourself in it in 3D. (N.B. If you go and see it for real, there’s no way you’d be able to see the walls – there’d be too many people in the way! Trust me.)

  • GMail for iPad has an awesome two-pane view. Here’s how to use that interface on your regular machine (N.B. this didn’t work for me so I used this advice to set up Safari to achieve the same result!)
  • Need to free up some space in your wardrobe? Here’s a simple hanger trick for weeding out the stuff you don’t wear often.
  • Stammy shared a great tip on Twitter about email productivity: “when someone sends me an important email but has little text, i reply to it to myself to add keywords, so i can search for it easily later.” Great idea!

Education & Academic

  • The trouble is when you see things like Reading in the Digital Age is that, unless you know the background of the author, you take his opinions seriously. I happen to have read Sven Birkerts’ The Gutenberg Elegies which is a few hours of my life I’ll not get back. File under ‘people with some status who just don’t get it’.
  • Ofcom have published a report about UK children’s ‘media literacy’. It includes interesting stats such as “Seven in ten (70%) 12-15s with the internet at home have a social networking site profile, compared to 52% in 2008.”
  • GPS-based educational games? Whatever next?! Good stuff from Wönky, who presented at #BectaX

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Want to create an infographic but haven’t got an ‘angle’ on some data? Try this post Themes For A Good Infographic!
  • Need to make a large number or statistic more tangible to your audience? NumberQuotes is good for that. For example, I’m 29 which is same wage, in dollars per hour, as instructional coordinators make in the US.
  • For all those wondering how to spot if someone’s wearing a handgun, here’s a useful infographic
  • Open Educational Resources are huge. Don’t believe me? Check this out:


  • I was at Stansted airport on Wednesday when someone official-looking tried to stop me to “ask me two questions”. As is usual, I said a polite “No, thank you” and walked on. She proceeded to follow me, asking me what I was doing walking past her. I explained I wasn’t interested, at which point she said “I’m from the government”. I asked (admittedly, sarcastically) if she was going to lock me up. She looked bewildered that the “I work for the government” line didn’t work on me and stood in front of me. I still didn’t answer her question and walked around her. And no wonder when the ‘representatives of the people’ (that I didn’t vote for) are going to push through an unwanted Digital Economy Bill and change the law to be able to open people’s mail without them being present. Democracy? Pah!
  • Taberinos is a very addictive, simple snooker-like geometric Flash game. And I can’t believe that nobody told me about the amazing Angry Birds iPhone game!
  • Tom Barrett shared some hopes he has for his son as he enters the UK education system. I have similar ones for Ben (who starts school nursery in September)
  • Need to collaboratively browse and chat online? (who doesn’t?!) Try Nurph!
  • Wikipedia a bit too bland for you? Try VisWiki!


People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. (Ogden Nash)

We must never forget that the ultimate purpose of an explosive is to explode. (Petri Pihko)

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. (Anon.)

When nothing looks like it’s working, Everything is working. (Ryan Biddulph)

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. (Andre Gide)

Things I learned this week – #8

If you create a service that people actually find useful then I suppose you’ve got a right to charge for it. Still, it annoyed me that FeedMyInbox has gone paid-for. $5/month is $5 more than I expect to pay simply for the privilege of getting email updates from blogs that haven’t provided the feature themselves. For those in a similar situation, I’m trying out Blog Alert and Reblinks at the moment… 😀

Top 3

  1. A stereotype was a printing plate case from movable type. A cliché was a phrase that, because it was used often, was cast as a single slug of metal. Thanks for that nugget, Seth!
  2. Toward a grand theory of n00bs. Seriously, you couldn’t make up some of this stuff!
  3. Why ‘serious games’ work (via OLDaily):


I felt compelled to devote a section to Lifehacker this week, just because so many of their articles/posts were top-notch:


  • I auto-tweet from this blog when a new post is auto-published. It makes me smile that I could be asleep yet people think I’m active online. The Make Me Social WordPress plugin takes this one step further, auto-posting to services such as Delicious (via @durff)
  • Google Docs now has a web clipboard that remains over sessions and between computers!
  • RealPlayer SP allows you to trim videos ready for posting to YouTube, etc. I haven’t tried it (yet) but it looks like it could be a basic alternative to Windows Movie Maker. And it’s cross-platform!
  • Published blog posts now appear instantly in Google Reader. Which is nice. 🙂
  • How many oranges does it take to charge an Apple iPhone? About 2,380 slices apparently (via TechXAV)


Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

Data, Design & Infographics

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.



A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes (H. Downs)

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. (Henry David Thoreau)

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. (Edith Wharton)

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. (Anon.)

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller

(image at top CC BY-NC Brandon Christopher Warren)