This excellent post is being reblogged as part of my attempt to make a personal filing cabinet out of all things interesting and relevant on the world wide web.
I may be a while.
Originally posted on What's the PONT:
Recently I posted about the rule of 1% for online participation and why I think it still applies in many of the online communities I frequent. This is a ‘note to self’ and a plea to a few people I know with the ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy for online knowledge sharing. I admire the commitment, but it is worth thinking about how you move beyond 1% participation. That’s got to be good for the business case and the return on investment figures. It also avoids the sad faces when things get closed down after 12 months because not many people turned up and hardly anyone stuck around.
There are two really good sources of information I’ve found on this, both on the sponge.com website. Sponge is a service that provides a platform for online Q&A communities. It also has a very helpful blog that talks…
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On the momentous day that we are shot of Gove, I take the great risk of repeating myself…
Now we just need to get rid of his boss.
Originally posted on On wishes and horses:
Michael Gove and his cronies are unleashing a ‘world-class curriculum’ on 5 – 14 year olds from September 2014. My children will be caught in the eye of the storm, although the oldest will hopefully only have to put up with it for two years…
Although every curriculum needs regular review, to ensure it is fit for purpose in a fast-changing world, I seriously would like to know who Gove thinks his overhauled monstrosity of a baby meets the needs of: him, or the country’s children? With its heavy emphasis on old school facts and figures, it’s not unlike the education I received when I was sufficiently compliant to be given it – and therein lies a problem. Teaching is not just the mere transmission of facts and an ‘education’ is not the summative testing of those facts at the exit point.
Like Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in…
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If you should see them sometime… running helter-skelter home from the playground, or lounging languid in a cocktail bar, or buying plain underwear in a department store, or trying a fountain pen out for size… spritzing their inner wrist with foul celebrity scent, or rolling a Cuban cigar in a brothel.
If you should see the words anywhere… be they pell-melling down the cobbles, or booze-cruising the channel, conducting an inquiry, or holding up a red card. If you see them kicking a ball, wearing a yellow jersey, sashaying, or sashimi ing, sozzling or any damn thing.
If you should see the words, my words, anywhere; then send them on home to me.
I miss them you see, and I know they are just out there, somewhere. Just that little bit out of reach.