These visual thoughts are usually a result of a conversation, stumbling across a blog post or someone tweeting some verbiage at me. All these images are available for use under a Creative Commons licence - I’m always interested to hear how you used them.

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The Radical

Speak out. Listen. A radical must do both…

I was first introduced to Paulo Freire by my wife, who asked me to create some illustrations for her PGCE presentation. It influenced what I now call conversational thinkery – articulating something with a person’s bias thrown in, giving you clues as to what the articulation might look like.

I’m now trying to permeate the text of Radical Pedagogy itself, with my slow-reading eyes and picture-oriented brain…

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The A team

This doodle was drawn without looking up the interwebs following a comment at the recent get together of WeAreOpen members. I’m pretty sure I must have drawn it as a kid. I remember noticing that this type of van with its fat wheels and wide wheelbase wasn’t seen on the roads of Northern Ireland. Which makes me think – the B team must drive a white Ford Transit…

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Keeping badges weird

This thought, born in a session at Mozfest, where Mark Surman related back to the kookiness of the origins of Open Badges. As micro-credentials become more mainstream, and the standard itself evolves (the proposed V2 has a number of big improvements from V1.1) the stuff that will stretch the development of the standard and the tools available are the innovative solutions where Open Badges can play a part.

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The Elephant in the Classroom…

I have to say – I hadn’t even thought about this. As an adult I’m very aware of what light (and indeed soul-destroying fluorescent light) can do to creativity and productivity. I hadn’t thought about CO2. I saw a prototype of the Learnometer by Stephen Heppell at the BETT show last year – worth bearing in mind if you find yourself in an enclosed space trying to teach yawning youngsters…

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Stickerful People

What’s the collective noun for doodles? An infusion? A gung-ho of doodlewry? I thought so. One of the highlights of the recent stickery campaign was trawling through some supporters social profiles and turning them into a doodle. Each was like a puzzle – with some easier to figure out than others. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep up, but thoroughly enjoyed the sleuthing. Thanks again to these lovely now-stickerful people.

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My Workspace

Whilst slacking in the Creative Commons Slack channel, a few people were sharing their remote working setups (or for distributed organisations, their normal working setup). So I thought I’d create a quick sketch of mine. On reflection, I seem to have acquired a few boards: White, Chopping and Dart. The Chopping board has been one of the best work-hacks I’ve discovered (costing all of £8 from IKEA). It allows be to work at an angle to my desk, giving me more leg room, a healthier posture, and works a treat with an apple wireless keyboard hooked on the top of the board.

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Introducing Badge News

If you’re interested in Open Badges, you’ve probably asked the question well who’s using them? The team at We Are Open, lead by Doug Belshaw have assembled a number of interested parties, and put together an awesome fortnightly newsletter for just this reason.

Sign up here: badge.news

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