This week… 12Feb16

Inspired by Doug Belshaw’s ‘Week Note‘, I’ve decided to try the format myself. If you think I should “stop right now, thank you very much” or continue with it, your comments/likes would be appreciated.

This week, I have:

  • Published a blogpost about my trip to Northampton “Being in someone else’s shoes”
  • Shared two cartoons on social media, #Binary Birthday Cake and #Computing Woes
  • Met with Paul Scott and Tim Blezzeard at Curriculum Innovations in Bradford. The Curriculum Innovations team provide curriculum support to a large number of primary schools in the Bradford area. I’m looking forward to working with them more closely in the future and attending the #bMobLe conference on 10th March in Bradford. I was delighted to discover that they’re located just a short walk from the Exa Education offices in Bradford.
  • Danced a happy dance around the office when some good news came through about something we’ve been working on to improve internet access in schools everywhere. I’d love to say more about this, but the timing isn’t quite right yet. More to follow on this soon.
  • Read the first few pages of “Girls Think of Everything”, a book I bought from the Science Museum London gift shop. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated book that speaks to the #GirlsinSTEM agenda. Copies currently available from £2.05 on Amazon.
  • Tried a new power solution on the train journey from Preston to London, meaning I can charge my phone, laptop and portable power source all from one power socket.
  • Been interviewed by Miles Berry at BCS HQ, London for a CAS TV episode exploring the teaching of text-based programming with Python. Once this is available for viewing, I’ll post a link here.
  • Caught up with Drew Buddie @digitalmaverick to share some approaches to teaching GCSE Computing. Drew is the first educator I ever followed on Twitter.
  • Watched online as 14 year old Cerys held her first Raspberry Jam event at her school in Stafford. She has been travelling to the Preston Raspberry Jam for the last few months and now organised her local community event.
  • Visited the Malware Museum online, it’s quite safe – the exhibits are just artwork and animations.
  • Delivered some training for Dragonfly Training on Thursday & Friday in Hammersmith for teachers of Computing. More to follow next term.
  • Organised a Family Hack Jam at Latymer School, Hammersmith with Nic Hughes @duck_star for about 50 children and parents who worked together to create interactive stories on a Safer Internet theme. Photos here.
  • Was reminded that 4 years ago on 11th February 2012 we held the first ever Hack To The Future event. Co-incidentally on the 4th anniversary, teachers around the UK received their first batches of BBC Micro:bit computers and I was leading a Family Hack Jam in Hammersmith.
  • Registered for an Ed Tech event in Wigan on 10th March with Mark Anderson @ictevangelist.
  • Saw the ‘man in white’ at Euston Rail station again. I’ve started seeing him each time I’m there. I wonder how many times people need to see him to notice that he is a regular feature? Screenshot 2016-02-13 11.06.41.png
  • Shared more details of events I have coming up in the near future. I’m planning to organise all the notes, slides etc. from my previous events in one place in the spirit of openness.






2 Comments Add yours

  1. sdcdemo says:

    Like the new format Alan.


  2. Doug Belshaw says:

    Great stuff! Hope you keep this up, Alan 🙂


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