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David Hopkins
Teaching and Learning Consultant, University of Warwick
Teaching and Learning Consultant, University of Warwick

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How will I remember the future?

Jeez, those people at Amzon really want me to click that link in their email(s) ... my account must really be at risk

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For those who have expressed an interest in this #EdTechBook, you may be interested in my latest offering .. #EdTechRations, the technology we use at work AND home, and why.
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Did anyone else know about this FutureLearn policy: "Persistent Negative Behaviour Policy"?
Still not putting any kind of control or influence back to the teams and FL partners that are developing or running the courses (and it is, after all, our reputation that takes a hit when learners turn bad). 

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Why I deleted my Instagram account ...

I'm back in G+ ... not been here a while. I wonder why?

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Creating resources on my phone is not something I usually do, unless it’s a tweet, photo for Instagram, document for my book projects, or videos for family and friend events. I general consume on my phone, and I wish I created more. Which is why I was interested to get my hands on this little bit of kit once it arrived in the office. The DJI Osmo Mobile. - See more at:

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Just one of the amazingly generous reviews for my new book (release date: mid-March), this from +Teresa Mackinnon (@WarwickLanguage). Principal Teaching Fellow (e-learning), University of Warwick, UK:

“Reviewing this book was like listening to the personal voices of many friends, most of whom I have met through the #EdTech community. Of course, they cannot live without certain technologies, apps and websites - that much was to be expected. What delighted me was the variety of approaches to their contributions, reflecting the different individuals within this connected community. The pragmatists who admit to relying on sensible shoes and stationery, the competitive types with their heart monitors and cycling accessories, the fashion victims, the style gurus, the lovers, the makers, the artists and poets…all have one thing in common. They thrive in the connections that come with the open web. This collection reveals that if you have a PLN you are unlikely to struggle in an emergency!”

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Three Things That Separate Leaders From Managers -

1. The leader innovates whereas the manager administers.
2. The leader inspires trust whereas the manager relies on control.
3. The leader asks "what" and "why," whereas the manager asks "how" and "when".

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"Toxic people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it—their behavior truly goes against reason, so why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix?

The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally, and approach your interactions with them like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink if you prefer that analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Most people feel as though because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve identified a toxic person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when and where you don’t. You can establish boundaries, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you’re bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to cross them, which they will."
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