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 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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Who draws the line?

Some days, it’s just not happening. So I remind myself of the process. 1. Go to trello. 2. Organise the things 3. Start at the top – half an hour later I’ve fallen down a twitter shaped rabbit hole…

There’s a bunch of skills needed for future digital workers (and me). How will we ever get stuff done?

Drawn for this blog post on the future of work skills.

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Copyright vs. Creative Commons

Copyright and Creative Commons licences come from totally different directions. I was talking with Kamil from Creative Commons about certificates and knowledge, and this contrast emerged. Read his full post here

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Education is life…

This John Dewey quote caught my attention whilst trying to create a monogram for HJ DeWaard in return for supporting my Visual Stickery campaign.

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Creative Commons – which role do you play?

In my experience, the awareness of what exactly the Creative Commons is, and what rights it affords you with respect to other people’s creative works, is at best patchy. During a conversational thinkery session with Alan Levine, we started to think through some of the roles people can play. I could give examples of all these roles, but I have a deep gratitude to those Defenders of the Commons – who understand it’s value, and why it needs protecting.

Of course, the best way to learn about the commons, is to share some of your own creative works…

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Now, more than ever…

Grammar Schools. You’ve heard it all before. Policy and evidence – passing like ships in the night. I can’t quite figure out whether the UK government are actually serious, or it’s simply just a commotion smokescreen…

This bottom line vision came from a thinkery conversation I had a while back with Graham Brown-Martin.

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Wot we need is more grammar schools

With all the backward-ness around the teaching of grammar at primary school (talk to any primary school teacher, and you’ll see what I mean), and the announcement by the UK Prime Minister that we need more Grammar schools, I had to create this.

I’d love to see educators in charge of UK education. I’m not holding my breath…

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Why digital credentials?

In my opinion, interviews are a very poor way of judging whether someone will perform well in a job. Some people have figured out the game – how to interview well. And why not? But standing in the shoes of as employer, I want to employ the person who’ll do the best job (and even that’s not so straightforward to define).

I once employed a young person on his ability to solve a Rubik’s cube. There were other factors too of course, but I took his Rubik’s cube abilities as clues to various aspects of his character, as I can also solve a Rubik’s cube – but nowhere near as fast as him. However, this is exactly the sort of thing that you would never emerge in an interview.

So when it comes to digital credentials, who knows what value someone else see in them?

Thought: Kerry North, O2ThinkBig at DigitalMe’s BadgeSkills workshop.

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