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Stuff I continually reference.

Jigsaw piece

I don’t know about you, but there’s a few selected articles and other stuff on the web that I reference on a regular basis.

Whether it’s via social networks like Twitter and Google+ or face-to-face, there’s plenty of resources that I need to find quickly and show people. I’ve tried a number of tools for doing this. I used delicious for years but, for one reason or another (mainly when it left the Yahoo! stable) I no longer really use it. And yes, I’ve got Thought Shrapnel but nowhere for the best of the best.

So I need somewhere I can go to find things that I want to show other people, and FAST. And where better than my own site?


The above page has a few links to get me started. You might want to bookmark it (I’m going to!)

Better yet, why not create your own and share? ūüôā

Image CC BY-NC-SA droetker0912

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¬†bit.ly Pro‚Äės stats) when I shared them via¬†¬†¬†Twitter this week. I don‚Äôt 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 http://dajb.eu/twebay – 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¬†bit.ly Pro‚Äės 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)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #5

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to¬†bit.ly 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¬†bit.ly 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. NickDennis.com/blog: 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 bit.ly 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 bit.ly Pro. If you want to know how to get your own custom URL shortener, there’s a guide at chrisrat.com (seemingly down at present – Google cache here, although sans images)

Name / Link (clicks)

  1. Things I Learned This Week Р#41 / http://dajb.eu/b62DRG (70)
  2. Google Books – Library – Mobile Stuff / http://dajb.eu/dougsmobilebookshelf (30)
  3. Crime software may help police predict violent offences / http://dajb.eu/9nWAjN (26)
  4. Easily-adaptable WordPress Loop Templates / http://dajb.eu/9GXoZk (26)
  5. Got 5 seconds? Help with the redesign of this blog! / http://dajb.eu/cjtvwR (17)
  6. Testing on the Vodafone 360 Handset Cloud Service / http://dajb.eu/c04WFe (15)
  7. Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference : JISC / http://dajb.eu/9pEdpn (10)
  8. Doug on Productivity – Episode 3 / http://dajb.eu/bBvl9w (10)
  9. Open Learning: the journal of open and distance learning / http://dajb.eu/crDmnC (10)
  10. Get a Skype button / http://dajb.eu/94jBfr (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. ūüôā

10 Things I Shared This Week – #1

Two indisputable facts:

  • People like something to read at the weekend.
  • I share a lot of links on Twitter, usually whilst using TweetDeck.

Connecting the dots, I thought it would be useful to rank the most-clicked links that I share for those people who may have missed them. To cut a medium-length story short, any links I do share are shortened to the custom form dajb.eu/xxxxxx. This enables me to track them using bit.ly Pro (free!).

Here’s the 10 most popular links I’ve shared since Monday:

  1. Athabasca University Press – Mobile Learning (http://dajb.eu/aye3Ew) –¬†83 clicks
  2. #uppingyourgame: finished and now on sale! (http://dajb.eu/ai7Tnt) – 46 clicks
  3. Doug on Productivity – Episode 1 (http://dajb.eu/9xc1R4) –¬†44 clicks
  4. The truth about blogging (http://dajb.eu/9OIRMZ) – 35 clicks
  5. Things I Learned This Month – September 2010 (http://dajb.eu/9PgdLK) – 33 clicks
  6. Mapping stereotypes by alphadesigner (http://dajb.eu/93yVWi) – 33 clicks
  7. 3 reasons teachers should smile (http://dajb.eu/919q6f) – 29 clicks
  8. Pigeonhole Live / Fast Company (http://dajb.eu/cdFznh) – 23 clicks
  9. dougbelshaw.com/ebooks (http://dajb.eu/dougsebooks) – 23 clicks
  10. Netbook Choice – Toshiba Libretto W100 (http://dajb.eu/97QLfJ) – 21 clicks

Is this a useful thing to do every Friday afternoon? Let me know in the comments! ūüėÄ

Things I Learned This Week – #16

On a personal note, I learned just how delicate the balance is that keeps our world ‘normal’ (think¬†volcanic ash cloud) and that the gadgets which provide the most satisfaction are those where you identify a problem, research solutions, and¬†then make your purchase. :-p



  • I found this presentation about perceptions of the role of technology in 2020 interesting – especially the shift over the last 10 years in attitudes to the internet ‘endangering reading’:

  • Stuart Ridout wrote a useful post about¬†spotting email hoaxes this week after his mother-in-law got scammed. Even my wife had to come and ask me yesterday after a professional-looking email from HM Revenue & Customs claimed she was due a ¬£1000 tax refund. Some might call this ’email literacy’. I wouldn’t be one of those people. I call it ‘digital common sense’. ūüėČ
  • Not too sure whether to follow a given individual on Twitter? Try¬†foller.me! (which says¬†this about me – including the following Twitter follower map)

Productivity & Inspiration

  • My colleague¬†@andystew shared this video with me this week. Sometimes, even if you’ve planned things up to the hilt, you just have to steam on in there. LLLLLLEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYY JJJJJJJEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNKKKKKKKIIIIINNNNNNNNSSSSS!!!!!

  • Football Manager¬†came out for the iPhone this week. And I bought it. And still remained productive. Check. Me. Out. (context: I almost failed my GCSEs, A Levels and degree because of various iterations of this game – it’s¬†that¬†addictive…)
  • There’s some¬†useful tips on happiness over at¬†Dumb Little Man. Numbers 15 and 30 on the list are especially important!
  • Also at Dumb Little Man is this post on ‘time pockets’. I call it ‘parallel-tasking’ but whatever you call it, it’s worth learning how to do. :-p

Education & Academic

  • I needed some advice about online survey design and creation this week and found¬†this information from Bristol University useful!
  • Will Richardson linked this week to a Cisco-sponsored report entitled¬†Learning from the Extremes. Much as I found¬†We-Think by co-author Charles Leadbeater a tortuous and platitude-riddled affair, I’m looking forward to going through the report in more detail. A great point is made on p.16 about it not being education we need to reform but¬†society:

Spreading learning is not just a question of providing more teachers and schools. A parallel process of social and cultural change is critical, so that learning is taken more seriously at home and in society. An educated society does not just have an effective school system; it has a culture that values learning.

Consider how one rears children. They are not little machines waiting to be directed by higher headquarters. They are people learning how to be free and responsible citizens. Their future emerges; it is not designed.

Data, Design & Infographics

  • The Infographics Showcase aims to collect the best infographics and data visualizations on the web, including this motion graphic on wine-making:

  • The following infographic shows how much artists earn for various ways of listening to their music (of course, if you buy a CD you’re paying the artist once to listen to it thousands of times; with Spotify you’re paying the artist each time you listen – via your subscription):

(click on image to see full – very tall – version)

  • Processing is an Open Source programming language and environment for making kick-ass visualizations. There’s a great guide to getting started with it here. I’ll be going through this over the next few days so watch this space!
  • You can now create your own linked data application courtesy of the New York Times.


A big mark of privilege is that social and economic networks tend to facilitate goals, rather than block them. This makes it easier to ignore the social and economic networks around us; and it makes it easier for the privileged to imagine their accomplishments are the result of their own pure merit. Imagine two roads: one smooth, well-paved, well-maintained, the other lumpy and full of cracks and pits. Most people will drive over the smooth road without even noticing it Рbut that doesn’t mean that the smooth road hasn’t facilitated their driving. Nor does it mean that the person driving on the smooth road has more merit, as a driver, than someone stuck on pothole avenue.

  • I never knew robots could be so funny when folding towels
  • And for all of you who still call cars ‘horseless carriages’ and think there’s nothing better than a typewriter, paper.li is a way of having Twitter delivered to you as an online newspaper. ūüėČ


I am always doing things I can’t do. That is how I get to do them.¬†(Pablo Picasso)

Every choice you make has an end result. (Zig Ziglar)

Conflict cannot survive without your participation. (Wayne Dyer)

We need men who can dream of things that never were. (John F. Kennedy)

No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. (Taoist Proverb)

Main image CC BY-NC-SA Erica_Marshall

Things I learned this week – #2

The most significant things I’ve learned this week have been snow-related. Have a quick look at the above¬†YouTube video of me building an igloo. That took me¬†7 hours!¬†Instead of getting all philosophical and talking about how good it felt to create something out of nothing and how I started to feel ‘at one’ with the snow, I’ll reflect on some practical considerations:

  1. I should estimate how long things are likely to take before they start
  2. The size of an igloo depends on the angle of the walls – easy to forget!
  3. There are lots of different types of snow.
  4. Igloos are actually quite warm!

I considered sleeping in it, but having worked on it for 7 hours straight every single muscle in my body hurt. I went in the bath, read my book and went to bed… :-p

Here’s a brief overview of other stuff I’ve learned this week, broken down by category.


Productivity & Inspiration


Data, Design & Infographics


This made me laugh! (via Mashable)

This resonated with me Рvia Jennifer Hagy @ indexed

  • The ever-relevant and insightful Harold Jarche¬†looks back at Seth Godin’s predictions for 2009 from 5 years ago (startlingly accurate) and his own from 2007, as well as looking forward to new and emerging business models.
  • I love mashups and¬†Best of Bootie 2009 absolutely rocks. Especially DJ Earworm’s¬†United State of Pop 2009 (top 25 Billboard songs, mashed up!).
  • Mashable reflects on¬†ways social media has changed us. This post makes a lot of sense and I’m going to start to use the term ‘ambient intimacy’ to explain a lot of what goes on, online. It makes sense. ūüôā

Frozen Britain seen from above

BBC News posted a great satellite photo of what Britain looked like without the Gulf Stream last week.

  • There are some places in the world you’re just not allowed to go.¬†This post on listverse (via¬†@dougpete) highlights the ‘Top 10’ of these.
  • Vicki Davis (aka Cool Cat Teacher) in a reflective and revealing post entitled¬†Sojourner Truth outlines her recent struggles with blogging and celebrity.


You’re only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it. (Robin Williams)

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. (Bob Hope)

(both via @gbmiii)