A quiet month

April never promised to be the busiest month in this year’s calendar and work-wise, that has been particularly true because of the way in which Easter has fallen this year. However, on a social, family and learning front – it has been non-stop rock and roll. See http://saturdaywalks.wordpress.com for more about the social side of April (and especially, Easter).

I started the month by finishing off some City and Guilds Functional Skills ICT marking; all done and dusted by 7th. Earlier, on the 4th, I went into Leeds to meet Lilian Soon, James Clay, John Whalley and Ron Mitchell for a meal and a chat – a fabulous F2F! We talked about all sorts and as always, it’s great to meet these creative friends.

On the 6th, I met Lilian and Ron again (along with many other fun and ‘e’ type chums) at a special Techdis (no longer TechDis) meeting for Accredited Trainers. Then on the 7th, I went over to the Salford TEN centre to join the RM team at a day-long LEGO training session. This session concerned a grown up version of LEGO, not the WeDo version I’ve been playing with in-between everything else this last few weeks.

On the 9th, we realised that the good weather which had started earlier in the week, just wasn’t going to go away – which was good because Sharon and I had to drive up to Glasgow to retrieve her mum Pat. Pat lives in Dothan, Alabama and had been staying up near Plockton, Kyle of Lockalsh visiting her terminally ill sister (Sharon’s aunt). Sadly, her sister had passed away and her nephew David agreed to bring her down to Glasgow for the ‘exchange’. It was a beautiful day and the journey was an absolute delight.

w/c 11th was spent playing with LEGO and carrying out some preparation for work I have coming up in June and July. I have a small piece of work to carry out for RM on their learning platform on the 28th and that’s that for April. Remember to look at http://saturdaywalks.wordpress.com for more ‘Easter’ blogging.

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#sugsnip – the first three months

Well, April is here and the sun is shining.

To be fair, the sun has shone now, on and off, for a whole month – March being one of the driest on record (apparently). And with April, comes the end of my first three months of submitting #sugsnips on Twitter.

In fact April 1st was the ninety first; the end of my thirteenth week.

#SugSnip From Chaucer, through calendar changes to French fish – The origins of April Fool’s day are still disputed. http://fur.ly/57aq

I started posting #sugsnips on January 1st with the intention of posting a snippet of information to Twitter every day for a year (See https://eduvel.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/twitter-sugsnip/) and have posted two previous updates (see end…)

I have purposely kept away from posting e-Learning ‘snips’ as I think there are enough people doing that within my community of practice and have tried instead to post an eclectic range of facts, fun and information – ‘stuff’ I hadn’t realised I didn’t know (e.g. the April 1st #sugsnip) and stuff that I do know, but suspect others don’t e.g.:

#SugSnip Hedge Schools grew out of the Penal laws that forbade education for Irish Catholics.  http://bit.ly/eDAjP6 + http://bit.ly/g6LWAL [I learner this from the magnificent Terry Loane]

I’ve also post facts and information that has always been of interest to me such as the ‘food’ weeks (there’s another coming up tomorrow – 4th April). These have also been the ones which have received the most interest, with the ‘cheese’ week receiving notice from Jon Traxler, Claire Bradley (2), James Clay, Matt Pearson and Steve Halsted. That week, I also posted four bonus Tweets which supplemented the daily serving.

I’ve begun to use http://fur.ly/ more now as it gives me the chance to post even more evidence of my ‘snip’ without using up too many of the Tweet’s 140 characters. I think the most URLs I’ve crammed in to Fur.ly is six, but it could probably take more. I do wonder though, how people explore evidence presented in this way, as it doesn’t seem overly obvious how to access the packages URLs or how many there are. Any comment?

Responses and comments have been great and it always gives me a sense of achievement when someone RTs or replies: I feel then that I have helped in some (very) small way. And that’s what I see my job as – helping others. I set out to show how techniques such as this (daily, timed snippets of … whatever) could be used to supplement a learner’s understanding.

Anyone doing it (yet)?

1st update https://eduvel.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/twitter-sugsnip-first-review/

Fur.ly https://eduvel.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/fur-ly/

April slides in

I think that my last post was about ‘tea’. Why tea?

I suspect that this harks back to the way I used to blog. My blog from 2005 to the middle of last year (2009) was at http://www.village-e-learning.co.uk/blog.htm and the only reason I gave it up was the convenience afforded by WordPress, which allows me to edit whenever I have an internet connections, rather than only when I have access to the correct software. I began my Eduvel blog in May 2009, https://eduvel.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/where-will-june-go/ and my ‘style’ of blogging seems to have changed.

Whereas before my blog seemed to be a ramble about my daily/weekly life and work, it seems to have become an occasional ramble about a single subject. The subjects themselves are diverse, so that’s not a problem as I’d hate to be seen as one-subject blogger, but there seems to be less recording of activity (which I use to look back upon my activities and thoughts) and more of individual rants or discussions.

Contrast the older style August ’09 post Wembley with kath-e-gay-oh-my from February 2010.

I don’t mind doing the odd one-subject blog posts, I used to do it anyway, but I seem to have lost the will (ability?) to pen the more diary based ones. The difference showed when I finally tracked down a copy of Front Page 2003 and installed it onto my Parallels based version of XP. It worked a treat and I’d forgotten just how much I enjoyed working with Front Page before my old Toshiba laptop died and had to be re-built. So – now it’s back, I’ve been able to begin the updating of my Village e-Learning site and have taken the time to take a look at my old blog. It reminded me how important it is to put things down on paper (on the web!) if you want to remember it.

So – Easter came and went. We saw Emma’s new, but not yet complete, house and Khawar popped around today. We had mum and dad for tea (not literally) on Monday and that’s that.Word Cloud for this page

Next week I’m working on a European project for a couple of days in Wetherby. Again, Khawar and I will deliver a pedagogical technology workshop to approximately sixteen people from (I think) six countries. I’m really looking forward to that. Then, on Wednesday evening, Sharon and I will retire to Reeth in North Yorkshire for a few days R & R. No phone, no internet; just books, booze, food and walking. Loverly!

Here’s a Word Cloud of this post from http://www.tagxedo.com/