Open Educational Thinkerer. Consultant focusing on #digilit & #openbadges. Previously: @mozilla / @jisc / school senior leader / #historyteacher.



A directory of free and open source Android apps. As someone said in the Hacker News comments, this should be a contribution towards F-Droid (which could do with a 'popular' section)


Kaomoji: Japanese Emoticons

My go-to site for Kaomoji (which I tend to use in email signatures). Much more bandwidth-friendly than GIFs.


DIY Camps

I'm really quite excited about this. I think they've got the 'regular' pricing wrong - as a parent I'm never going to pay $39 (~£26) per month for this - but the $10 introductory price seems a steal!

My son's opted (OK, I kind of pushed him) to do 'Music Mayhem'.


The link between sugar, willpower and growth mindsets

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There's an interesting post on Priceonomics entitled Does Sugar Help You Focus? It cites a study whose authors include Carol Dweck, famous for her work on 'growth' versus 'fixed' mindsets.

The key finding is in the graph below:

The Effect of Sugar and Mindset on Self Control

The graph is perhaps best summed up by this quotation from Dweck:

"When you have a limited theory of willpower, you're constantly on alert, constantly monitoring yourself. 'Am I tired? Am I hungry? Do I need a break? How am I feeling?' And at the first sign that something is flagging, you think, I need a rest or a boost."

I'm guessing the same would be true for coffee...


Unpacking design for learning — Medium

Chad Sansing's post attempting to answer a question he set himself: "So how can I better unpack and frame what I know to help people new to the community, new to the Web, or new to writing the Web?"


Five reasons Open Badges are motivational

Tim Riches speaking to the City & Guilds UK Product & Services team.


Just installed Known on my server. Will take a while for the DNS to propagate, but using this instead of Evernote + (which I abandoned early 2014).