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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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My #eddies12: …and the nominations are…

In News & Updates (from the CBO), Technology on 16/11/2012 at 12:34 pm

OK, OK…

…I know I have been known to poke fun at the Edublog Awardsactually, for the 2011 Edublog Awards I did get a few nominations inafter the deadline and without using the suggested categories!

Yes…I still maintain that I am not a fan of “professional competitions”.

It especially makes me “sad” to see educators screaming “VOTE FOR ME!” over twitter…so sad!

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Please…don’t do that! Don’t be THAT guy!

Not cool – not cool at all!

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If people are blogging…and tweeping…for “awards” or “badges” – surely they didn’t get “the memo”…and miss the point totally.

Guys – it is supposed to get us off the planet…faster!

I blame the KLOUT culture (and the Kardashians)…

– Damn you, KLLLLLOOOOOUUUUUUUT!

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Ne se! Where were we?

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Last year I got me ear bent (for not taking the Awards as seriously as, say, a heart attack) – and it has been happening again this week…over the past few days (a lot)!

I am starting to see the light…at the end of the blogosphere!

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There is so much great stuff out there – and it needs to be shared…and thunk over!

The #eddies12 are a great way to pick up new blogs and folks to read – just going thru the (bloody long) process of reflecting on my fave blogs and sneaking a quick look at some of the nominations has helped me re-connect with a few people I shouldn’t have left alone these past months.

Sorry, guys!

But…here’s the thing…I’m even more sorry (sorrier – ???) that I cannot put everyone down on me list! This is really why I hate blogging competitions…

Sorry, gals! So sorry…

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So here goes everythingmy 2012 Edublog Award nominations are:

Best individual blog

Best group blog

  • Inquire Withinfrom 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

Good luck to all!

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Remember – we are all far better off when we SHARE and LEARN from…and with others – so share-your-love!

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