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Welcome to TWLTW #180!
(28th June 2015)
 

Things We Learned This Week #180

Brought to you by Doug Belshaw of Dynamic Skillset

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Hello!

I put this newsletter together on a Saturday night and I've only just seen that tomorrow, when most of you read this, is National Unplugging Day. 

So, I thought I'd send this on Monday. But then I thought that was unfair as I hadn't given you advance warning. Also, there's a fair few readers not in the UK. Much wringing of hands ensued, before I decided to go ahead as usual. It's been a crazy week already... 

Many thanks to Think Associates for sponsoring June's newsletters. It's your last chance to click here to check out what they've got to offer! I've got a new sponsor lined up for July, then I'm taking August off writing.

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Tweet of the week

thank you @anildash for giving me the opportunity to retweet a tweet about you retweeting my tweet to #ff you
Yeah, put like that, Twitter can be pretty confusing...

Links of the week

Thriving in a connected age: digital capability and digital wellbeing

Practical Pedagogies conference

Russel Tarr got in touch to inform me about the above conference at the International School of Toulouse (IST) from 15th-16th October. Keynote is Ewan McIntosh. I wish I could go and run a workshop, but I've already committed to speaking at another event. 

I remember being pretty blown away by IST when I visited ten years ago as part of an EU-funded project. It's definitely worth going if you get the chance!

Thriving in a connected age: digital capability and digital wellbeing

No, Sesame Street Was Not The First MOOC

Nice takedown of the way an academic article was reported in the press. I also like what was evidently the original title Audrey Watters gave this piece (check out the URL!)

Practical pedagogies conference

Practical Pedagogies conference

Russel Tarr got in touch to inform me about the above conference at the International School of Toulouse (IST) from 15th-16th October. Keynote is Ewan McIntosh. I wish I could go and run a workshop, but I've already committed to speaking at another event. 

I remember being pretty blown away by IST when I visited ten years ago as part of an EU-funded project. It's definitely worth going if you get the chance!

Thriving in a connected age: digital capability and digital wellbeing

Thriving in a connected age: digital capability and digital wellbeing

Helen Beetham has written a great post for the Jisc blog about work she's doing beyond the digital literacies programme from a few years ago. Definitely worth checking out.

Twist

Twist

I love the idea behind this. Not only does this lightbulb change 'temperature' (from bluish in the morning to reddish in the evening) but it has a built-in AirPlay speaker! Want.

How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Change Your Life

How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Change Your Life

Since I started consulting, I've noticed how much better people respond when you're writing stuff in front of them rather than typing or entering something on your smartphone. This post has some great recommendations.

Headphones are the new walls for people in open-plan offices

Headphones are the new walls for people in open-plan offices

Open-plan offices are curious things: proven to be bad for productivity and health, and don't even improve communication between workers.

How to snore in seven languages

How to snore in seven languages

This Tumblr blog by James Chapman is aces.

GIF of the week

SpyroGIF
Amazing. More here.

Quotation of the week

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."

― Epictetus

Until next week!
Doug

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