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2013/14 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 1.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/07/2013 at 11:29 am

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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I don’t usually get the Conference Calendar rolling till mid-November – but a couple of people have asked me if I can spread the word about a handful of events that are coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…after Summer.

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So, here you go…without the “sauce” for now:

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OCTOBER 2013

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  • 21-22 October 2013
  • The 2nd International Conference on Internet , E-Learning & Education Technologies (ICIEET 2013) – The Marmara Taksim (İstanbul, Turkey )
  • Theme: Generic

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NOVEMBER 2013

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DECEMBER 2013

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As ever, I’ll start looking around properly to see if there are any other decent conferences on the horizon…in Autum – but let me know if you hear of anything sexy!

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Canım Türkiyem

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar

AND…the 500K Winner is… (Cross my heart and hope to…)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 9:01 pm

WINNERS logo (Blog) TG ver

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And, so…without further ado…honest to God (this time)!

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Our Forth, Third and Second WINNERS are:

  • Anne Hendler (AKA @AnneHendler) 
  • Asena Çifçi
  • Dean Cuming

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And, our 500,000th CHAMPION is:

  • Funda Gökce (AKA @fgokcan)

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job-well-done

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I’d also like to say a BIG:

Thank you (glass image)

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…to everyone that follows the blog or just pops in from time to time!

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Guess…I need to get the ole THUNKing cap on…got a post or 3 to come up with!

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Till then…

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Keep Calm and Take Care

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…but remember…

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TELLıng theTRUTH (Ver 03)

AND…the 500K Winner is… (4REAL…this time)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 1:35 pm

We have a winner

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Last time I did a post like this…I was very “naughty“!

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I dragged the post out forEVER…and then, said “C Ya”!

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Some of youquite rightly socalled me a real…

Donkey (Shrek)

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To make matters worse, I really played up the fact that I had said:

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WinnerTakesItAll

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That’s just MEAN! So MEAN….

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So this time…we have:

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WINNERSyep…4 of them!

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First prize…is the set of three books…I promised!

Second, Third and Fourth prize…is a surprise!

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but...

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I’ll tell you all…in a few hours!

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What? Did you say…

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Tony, you are a…

SUN of a DONKEY

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HEY, least you have some extra time, now!

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AND…the 500K Winner is…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 21/06/2013 at 9:36 pm

DELAYED…Sorry!

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500K logo

Probably for another 12-18 hrs!

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Yes, I know…I know!

…and a few of you are probably saying:

liar-liar-pants-on-fire

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I’m usually so good at predicting these things!

I’m guessing the NASDAQ “mini-crash” of the last 24 hrs has slowed EDUblogging traffic all over the world!

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I know one of you was hoping to open up this post and scream:

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Winner 02

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Well, someone willthere is still a window:

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I am a dog of my word!

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As I noted in the orginal post – the prizes will go to the “commentor” that comes closest to the 500,000th visitor to the blog.  If you have already posted a comment…you can re-post it – as many times as you like!

OK – the prizes are BOOKS (if you haven’t forgotten what these are)…all good for Summer Reading! Including a copy of my very own (and Laurence’s) “book of Thunks” – Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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PLUS…TWO others (written by really famous and smart people)!

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All you have to do is:

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1. Add a COMMENT to this (or the original) post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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İnşallah…by this time tomorrow…I’ll be able to announce:

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4 REAL!

Everybody LIES…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/06/2013 at 12:00 pm

Everybody lies (House poster)

House…love you to bits!

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BUT, come on! Everybody?

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Yes, I know…I know:

Lies damn lies and stats (TG ver 02)

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Well…I NEVER tell lies! NEVER

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OK…maybe the odd, little fib…to “protect” others!

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Damn that blog of mine (ver 02)

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Or…is my over-sharing, acaba?

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Last week, I got all excited about getting to my 10,000th tweet:

10000th tweet

…a milestone is a milestone is a milestone!

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So excited, in fact, that I over-looked an even BIGger numbera BIGger statistic…

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500K logo

Yes, some time over the next 2-3 days (so the Happiness Engineers at WordPress tell me)…someone (maybe YOU) will become my 500,oooth visitorto the ole blog!

Yes (logo)

I kid you not!

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So, to CELEBRATE…

I have 3 copies of my favourite books (and, YES…one of them is my OWN…signed by the “other” author)

Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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So “tacky”, I know…the other two books are far better!

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All you have to do is:

1. Add a COMMENT to this post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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You NEVER know…in a couple of days!

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BTW

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House…NOT everybody LIES! – Ask my last “winner“…

(You HAVE to “click” on that little, red link…just have to)!

House (poster)

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Yeah…and YOU, too!

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TOLERANCE…

In Learning & Parenting, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 14/06/2013 at 9:40 am

Today, I have just one thunk

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…and one image!

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I am LEARNing from my new teenage friends…across the pond!

Acts of “Bloggery”…over 2012…(aka “Confessions of a Blogger”)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 01/01/2013 at 11:19 am

My name is Tony…and, I’m a blogger!

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Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

(about my bloggery),

The courage to change the things I can

(with the timing of my bouts of bloggery),

And the wisdom to know the difference

(between “life” and “bloggery”)!

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I woke up this morning (yes, just too “old” these days to have not slept)…wondering whether I could manage the first post of 2013…or…

…go on a New Year’s Day “cruise” up the Bosphorus – with my family!

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Pirate 05

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Choices…choices…choices!

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The THING is...

My inbox was full (“choka” yani…) of those “2012 in Review” posts that those lovely “happiness engineers” (still love that job title) at WordPress have been preparing for us blog-heads over the past 24-hours.

At first, I thunked to meself, “no” it’s just too much to look at all of them!

Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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I am a simple man…with many guilty pleasures“…and an issue or three with impulse control!

Idiot (inside)

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I started to “read”…“the girls” (and Dexter) were, after all, still asleep!

It is quite addictive…it is…shirously!

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It was interesting to look at all the stats from some of my favourite bloggers…even found a few posts I had “missed”.

Those happiness engineers at WP had pulled out a couple of “tricks” that worked really well.

For example, they suggested an “excerpt” for the “ready-made post” they had gifted me:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 310,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

What the heck did my blog have to do with Liechtenstein? Never even been there…maybe I should, now!

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Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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Ne se….

BOTTOM Line

The Bosphorus…and family “won”!

…as they shouldalways!

 

Bad news

But, the little buggar…sorry, blogger on my left shoulder…kept whispering I had to “do” somethink!

SO…

Click HERE to see the complete report.

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Take carehave a wonderful “day off”!

I will…

My 12-from-12…(NOT the #eddies12 – promise)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO), Technology on 04/12/2012 at 10:28 am

Around about this time last year, a fellow hanım köylü (*) – from big,bad İstanbul this time, Adam Simpson (aka @yearinthelife) issued a “blog challenge”.

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Actually, I think this may have been how we “met”…

Dummies (self-promotion)

…but we still ain’t got round to writing “the” book!

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Ne se, the challenge was “simple” – engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion and flog-your-own-blog by choosing your Top 11 posts from the year 2011.

Easy-peasy!

…or so I thunked!

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I was relatively “new” to the old blogging game at that time – what a difference a year makes – and, felt I had to “justify” why I was participating in such a heinous act of bloggery-floggery.

I did this…by digging up Jeffrey Zeldman’s great piece on self-promotion (written a couple of years back) – and noted that Jeff had said that it was “all good”if you follow the Yedi Rules of Bloggery:

  • Marketing is not bragging, and touting one’s wares is not evil.
  • There is a difference between being arrogant about yourself as a person and being confident that your work has some value.
  • Do it right, and only “haters” will hate you for it. To get, you must give.

I really liked that third one (it just made it “alright”) – as well as the way Jeff  spelled it out a wee bit more:

  • …direct self-promotion is ineffective and will go unnoticed unless it is backed by a more indirect (and more valuable) form of marketing: namely, sharing information and promoting others.

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Actually, I just wanted to be a smarty-pants and come up with something different problem was the owners of far younger stocks of grey matter pipped me to the post with the coolest “anti-11-from-11 ideas”.

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Self-promotion (cartoon)

BUT…my “title” (**) was pretty cool!

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Adam has done the same this year hence the title of this post.

The problem is that I had used up so many of my valuable cells of grey matter (to “flog” the “blog” last year) that I could not come up with an original way to rise to his 12-from-12 Blog Challenge this Annus Horribalis!

Call it “bloggery-floggery block”…

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Until…last night!

…when my “mentor” Obi-Wan Kenobi came to me in a dream

The Obi-Wan DREAM

He did SO! I kid you not…

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One of the reasons I have grown to love blogging is that it has allowed me to re-connect with a side (of me) that was (almost) beaten out of methrough my years of skooling!

…as well as being able to jump on my soapbox vis-à-vis allthingslearning!

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You see…when I was a “kiddie”….I loved “art”…I loved “photography”…I loved “visual creativity” – BUT I never really knew that it would be OK to say “no” to my TEACHers…when they told me I was not very “good” at it (and should “stick with” the “maths” and “economics” – I did – for a while)!

Buggars!

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So, young Adam…my 12-from-12 this year…is based on my favourite “images” from the blog!

…in no particular order (other than the way they popped up in my Word Press “media library”) – they are (and click on the picture to be “teleported” to the post itself):

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IMAGE 01This is quite a recent image that I have “upgraded” a fair few times. I love this one because of the way different people see it in different ways (“is he having a dig at us again” or “Yes, I can…I bloody well can”)

REFLECTing ourselves

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IMAGE 02You know I just “luvs” me questions. This is from a recent post on “classroom observation” – a powerful question that helps many a TEACHer take more of a “LEARNing Perspective” on what they “do” in their classrooms (BTW – these look “simple” but take a great deal of work to produce).

TP FQ 04

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IMAGE 03Funny, I should have this one in a Top 12 List! This one was created for the postscript of the series on “UNcovering Our Curriculum” – when I pointed out that people really shouldn’t be asking “me” for lists of things that might help “them” to “fix” stuff  ‘cos that just makes me “angry” (and…you really wouldn’t like me when I’m “angry Tony Hoca”)!

UNcover - HULK ask me again

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IMAGE 04But, this was the image I created to manage the “save” in the same series (I do not get “angry” very often – promise)! Taken from a quote from one of the best consultants I know…I love the fact that an inward journey can (even) help us change the imprinting we pick up from our genes, parents, skooling…and ourselves!

Block (fingerprint quote)

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IMAGE 05This has to be one of my faves from all my 2012 bouts of bloggery. It captures so much of what I believe needs to happen in our “curriculum thunking”!

UNcover Paradigm JUMP

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IMAGE 06This was a quote I used in the same “series”. So powerful…and I think Usain Bolt was wiping the floor with everyone in London 2012 – when I did this one. Actually, there was another image I almost chose…took bloody ages to build…but I can only have 12 Top images (can’t I, Adam)? 

Uncover - Finish Line

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IMAGE 07Again, one of my favourite images from this year. It sums up a lot of my ideas…even more of my “gripes” with the way we “do” the business of education in so many of our schools, colleges and universities (as well as our so-called “flipped classrooms” – the only thing they are “flipping off” is….)!

LEARNing not a newspaper

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IMAGE 08Again…this one took abs0-bloody-lutely ages to “put together”. Actually, for many of my blog posts – I can run the text off while waiting for the kettle to boil…now, coming up with an image (to replace the 1,000 words I would have used) – that takes hours …sometimes! This was, in fact, my “stand” against all those “digital cheerleaders” we see at so many of our conferences – cheerleaders that do not always “walk-thier-talk” – it’s not about the toyz!

21C TEACHer

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IMAGE 09This one comes from me also getting on me soap-box about allthingsTECH! I luv me TECH…I do! But, we gotta have some “21C Thunking” (and Curriculum, and Assessment, and….) to go with our “21C Toys”!

What are we doing (with TECH)

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IMAGE 10 This was just me “showing off”. But, here’s the “secret” (no…not Victoria’s…but Tony’s) – this one was actually “created” on PowerPoint…not too “shabby” (even if I do say so meself…and I do)!

Is is the TECH or the QUESTIONS

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IMAGE 10bTold you I would struggle to keep this list to “12-from-12”! Actually, this was me “updating” a few older PowerPoint slides and turning four of them into a “sexier” single slide for a keynote I did just before Summer.

It IS about

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IMAGE 11Still LOVE this one…simple, true…and (even) a wee bit 21C to boot!

Best Teachers

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IMAGE 12Now, you are probably going to accuse me of “cheating” – and scream “Liar, Lair….pants on fire”! BUT, hey…it’s the “same” image…just self-plagiarised three times! Besides…this is my blog (and the rules of “my-bat-my-ballstill apply)!

GREAT TEACHERS three-in-one

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OK – done n’ dusted!

I hope you enjoy seeing them all (again, for some of you) as much as I did “doing” them! The “posts” ain’t half-bad, too…

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Till 13-from-13, Adam…my man!

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* Google Translate – will you please, please, please….get your bloody act together! “Hanım Köylü” does NOT mean “Peasant Woman” – it refers to “…he who hath travelleth many a mile to inhabiteth the village of his womaneth”…

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** Take a look at the original 11-from-11 posting: LOVE YOUR WORK, DARLING – BUT LOVE ME OWN MORE! …to see that self-plagiarising is (really…really, really) OK!

Don’t VOTE For Me… (aka #eddies12 – Pt 02)

In News & Updates (from the CBO), Technology on 26/11/2012 at 6:33 pm

OK…it seems I have a couple of e-pals!

…or maybe…it is just that “brown envelopes” handed over in dark, underground parking garages….really do work, after all!

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OK – to the real “business” of today!

The nominations are “in”shortlists are being prepared (well almost)…and fans of bloggery around the globe are holding their breath…as I bang away at my keyboard!

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I have a “bad feeling” about this…Obi-Wan!

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Over the next few days…your twitter accounts and e-mail folders will start to fill up with messages like these:

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What the senders of these little messages “actually” mean is:

…or perhaps:

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You might even get one like this:

Please, please, please….do NOT vote for “that guy”!

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Also, do not be sucked in by messages like this:

It didn’t work for Romney…it ain’t gonna work for the #Eddies12!

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Some people will try to intimidate you:

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…”threaten” you, even:

Do not get scared!

If you ever met half of these guys in the “real world”you’d know why!

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There will be others“creative types”…that will peak your interest with their visual wizardry and IT skill set:

Do not be fooled!

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And then…there are guys like me

…”nice” blokes that say:

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VOTE FOR MY NOMINEES…INSTEAD!

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Best individual blog

Best group blog

  • Inquire Within – from bloggers in 14 countries, across 6 continents

Best new blog

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog

Best teacher blog

Most influential blog post

Best individual tweeter

Best twitter hashtag

Best free web tool

Best educational wiki

Best educational use of a social network

Best mobile app

Lifetime achievement

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Good luck to all!

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Bringing “The Voice” to EDUcation…

In News & Updates (from the CBO), Our Schools, Our Universities on 26/11/2012 at 9:56 am

Move over “Idol“!

…we now have:

Those of you that have been with the blog from the early days know that I have a couple of guilty pleasuresI do love me “musical TV reality shows”.

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The Voice is one of my new favourites – and, although we now have versions all over the world…in canım Türkiyem (I do love Mustafa-I-still-have-an-araba), Brazil, Ireland, the Phillipines (those guys should win), Holland, the UK (haven’t got a bloody chance…check out our Eurovision results of late), Vietnam….and even a few “kiddie versions”

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….I gotta admit – I still love the original US version!

…sorry Acun!

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I just love the idea that we have a panel of judges that have to form a team from a number of “voices” – without “faces”!

Yes, this actually means that anyone…regardless of colour, shape or size (gender, too – in some cases)…with a great voice…has a chance at winning!

What’s even better

…is when a couple of judges (or even all four of them) turn around for the same singer (by hitting their button and turning their “magic” chair to “see” who they have chosen), the singer gets to witness a battle between the judges (Adam and Blake are so much fun to watch…) before she or he chooses the judge that will become their mentor!

How cool is that?

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The fun has increased this year (in the US version)…because (after the infamous “battle rounds) judges can actually “steal” voices from the other judges’ teams!

Brilliant….absolutely brilliant!

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SO, I hear you ask…what the heck does this have to do with EDUcation?

Well, you all know I have been a wee bit critical of all the silly rankings and league tables we have dragged into our schools, colleges and universities!

These “scorecards” say nothing (nowt, nada…hiç bir sey, yani) about the quality of LEARNing these institutions co-create with the LEARNers that “select” them as “mentors”…sadly, these institutions (the ones that get a warm, tingly sensation in their loins when they hear phrases like “THE World Reputation Rankings) are, in a nutshell, more interested in getting their tape measures out and flashing their citation indicesthan they are in the students that help them pay the bills!

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Here’s what I thunk!

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Wouldn’t it be great if STUDENTS, PARENTS and EMPLOYERS could sit in the judges’ chairs!

The “voices” our new judges “listen to” are the promise statements the institutions make to all of them:

their beliefs about LEARNing and TEACHing (“curriculum” and “assessment”, too)

what they “do” (for LEARNers) with these beliefs (in practice)…and

…how they will make a (real) difference to the lives of every, single LEARNer that walks through their doors!

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Now, that’s a reality show I’d be proud to put on my list of guilty pleasures!

Would you?