Career Planning 101: My Daughter Won’t Be Your Corporate Drone


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I can’t vouch for the complete accuracy of this transcript. But it went something like this.

Teacher: “So what are you going to do for a career dear?”

Daughter (14): “Oh, I don’t know… Nothing. Everything.”

Teacher: “That’s not an answer. What do you mean?”

Daughter (14): “Sit on a beach somewhere. Work as a freelancer. Blog in my underwear.”

Teacher: “Oh dear… That’s not a proper job. How will you earn money?”

Daughter (14): “Not sure. I’d like to be earning a small passive income somehow. Perhaps from my blog and online shop.”

Teacher: “Yes… but what are you going to do?”

Daughter (14): “Whatever I want.”

Teacher: “Yes, but what about a job? A career?”

Daughter (14): [Sighs] “Actually Miss, I’m thinking about going to university. I’d like to be a lawyer or an accountant or a doctor.”

Teacher: “Oh, that’s nice! Good for you!”

7 More Designs For the Underground Advertising Campaign On Learning


I just posted 6 designs for your underground advertising campaign on learning. Here are 7 more that I think are even better.

Please share, print, and distribute. Any favourites? Let me know in the comments

1. NOW WITH BACON

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2. THIS IS NOT LIKE SCHOOL

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3. AND NUMERACYIMG_2451

4. EVEN WHEN YOU USE WORDS 

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5. DON’T BE AFRAID 

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6. STOP IT

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7. START A CONVERSATION

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6 Designs For The Underground Advertising Campaign on Learning


Here’s your mission: Start an underground viral advertising campaign for learning. In particular, adult learning. And by adult learning I mean something that includes foundational skills such as literacy and numeracy.

Share these images. Print them out and give them to people. Particularly those doing the education part.

Any favourites? Let me know in the comments.

1. ADULT LITERACY AND NUMERACYIMG_2442

2. I HEART LNIMG_2440

3. LEARN HOW TO LEARNIMG_2443

4. LN

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5. LEARN TO LOVE WORDS AND NUMBERSIMG_2447

6. XXX EXPLICIT ADULT EDUCATION IMG_2448

How To Develop Great Teaching Materials In 5 Steps


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It’s no secret that I love the process of developing new resources. That’s something that hasn’t changed over quite a few years of teaching and training.

My process for materials development has changed quite a lot of the last few years though.

I have 5 rules for myself for this process. Well, they’re more like guidelines.

  1. Solve a problem. My students tend to drive new resource creation. They just don’t know it. Most of my resource creation happens as a reaction to common problems in the learning process.
    • At the moment, many of my students are stuck on Assessment 4 in the course that I teach. In this assignment they have to collate several different kinds of evidence. I have a checklist, but I wanted to create something visual. Here’s the checklist. For my poster though, I’m only interested in the far left hand side.
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  2. Start analog. I make a point of starting with my non digital tools first. I like to get the shape of the idea sketched out on the white board or in my journal. Or usually both.
    • Here’s my first draft of a poster for Assessment 4 on the white board. I started portrait and then redrew it in landscape on the left.
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    • Here’s my second draft. I want people to see the different kinds of evidence they have to collect. And then make the links to their Study Guide and Assessment Guide. This time I’ve redrawn the poster in my notebook.
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  3. Finish digital. From the white board and journal, I move on to the digital tools. Currently, I’m learning to use Adobe Illustrator. This is a new tool for me and I’m still figuring it out.
    • Here’s a couple of printouts from early versions of the handout that I was working on.
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  4. Iterate as fast as possible. I go through many different versions before I’m happy with the final product.
    • Here’s the current version in Illustrator.
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  5. Realise that it’s never finished. One of the things I realised early on in my teaching career was that my resources needed to be dynamic. The content needs to evolve, rather than remain static.
    • Here’s a screen shot of the PDF of the resource (for now anyway).
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My Newest Addiction: Hand Stitched Leather Moleskine Journal Covers


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I have various addictions. One is bags. I love gadget bags, duffel bags, and backpacks. My current favorites are here.

But I also have another, newer addiction. It’s kind of related to the luggage issue (at least in my mind):

  • Hand stitched leather journal covers for Moleskine Notebooks.

Using a Moleskine journal for handwritten notes, drawings, and scribbling is my commitment to maintaining some analog skills in an increasingly digital world.

I should probably do a post on that some time, but it will have to wait.

Hand stitched leather goods is a kind of pornography. Especially, things like wallets and journal covers. I even started a Pinterest board. I know, right?

The wallet thing will have to wait until another post as well.

Anyway, here’s something to whet your appetite if you’ve never indulged in the voyeurism of hand stitched leather Moleskine journal covers.

Saddleback

This one is the most Indiana Jones… Their website is here and the journal cover is here.

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But it’s got this weird, cut out in the back… It’s not bad, but I’m just not sure…

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31Trum

I’m not even sure this one is for sale anywhere. They have a website here though.

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But check out the bold red stitching. And it has a pen holder. Pen holders are a big deal. Because you need somewhere to put your pen.

Hollows Leather

This one is also very stylish with simple clean lines. Website here but can’t see the product.

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Lovely photograph…

Etsy Wanderlust

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GFeller Moleskine Cover

This one doesn’t look as Indiana Jones as the Saddleback or some of the others… Website here.

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But it’s actually the best design according to the review at Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools website and Wired Magazine.

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The only thing with it, is that it has a very plain natural finish. The colour is a bit like skin… However, the idea is that it picks up the natural oils in your skin and through everyday use. Over time it will darken up…

Decision time soon… Probably, it’s design that will win out, but I’ll let you know.