#TwitteratiChallenge – but not for You Kippers

The Day Before The Election, Jayne Stigger nominated me, along with the following other virtual persons  (@bcotmedia @hearnesque @bobharrisonset and @App4England) for the #TwitteratiChallenge

I have to respond within 7 days, respond with my own nominations. Them’s the rules. I have scrutinised the rules very carefully to reassure myself that there are no buckets and no water below room temperature involved in this challenge. There aren’t.

The Rules:

1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
2. You cannot list somebody who has already been named if you are aware of them already being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge.
3. You need to use the #TwitteratiChallenge title from @TeacherToolkit ‘s original blogpost and copy the (rules and what to do) information into your own blog.

What to do:

1. Put up your own nominations within 7 days
2. Write your blog post, listing the people you choose and why
3. Include a  photograph or video of yourself raising a glass.

Like this?

So here goes…

But first some preamble. Today is The Day After The Election and I’m not in the best frame of mind.

Partly that’s because I sat up all last night waiting for the exit polls to be proved wrong or for Paddy Ashdown to eat his own hat. Neither happened, and I should have really known better than to sit up all night.

Partly it’s because we get the government we vote for. I care deeply about Further Education and I’m not totally convinced that the government we voted for shares my passion. But I could be wrong, or more likely be in possession of an edible hat.

So here are my nominees. Because I suspect that my nearest and dearest colleagues in the #UKFEchat network have already been challenged and toasted, and because I am slightly dismayed that 1-in-8 voters yesterday decided to vote for UKIP, the UK Independence Party (amply rewarded by 1-out-of-650 seats in parliament), I have opted for an internationally-connected selection of Twitterati that I would like to recommend.

   Maggie Bolado  @mrsbolado 

White House Guest. PAEMST Nominee. Verizon Foundation Honoree. Google Play Store App Developer. Google Certified Educator. Science Teacher

Mrs. Bolado is a banker turned estate agent turned science teacher who teaches in a Texas Middle School that has something to do with alligators. Her classroom is usually flipped, her lessons are very hands on, and her students were invited to visit Barack Obama so he could take some selfies with them. It’s not FE, but her timeline always reminds me that learning should be fun, classrooms should be joyful, and that teachers change lives.

  Michèle Drechsler  @mdrechsler

Inspectrice IEN Conseillère TICE Recteur- Docteur sciences info-com, FOAD, MOOC, computer sciences at school, pédagogie TICE

Getting even younger cohorts here. Michele is a Primary inspector/advisor for implementation of education policy around digital/ICT pedagogy in Orléans-Tours, France. Her tweets and retweets aren’t limited to that cohort though, and are a really good resource to dip into to see what our neighbours are doing in this field. If you’re interested though, do it quickly before Number Ten allows us to decide that we are not actually in Europe any more, and have to stop pretending that we understand French.

  Vikki Robertson  @GTCSVikki 

Senior Education Officer at GTCS. Former Schools Manager, Lecturer and Senior Leader within the College Sector. Lover of learning. 

OK, so this one’s borderline international, but it’s important for us. Vikki’s role at the General Teaching Council for Scotland is as Education Advisor for the FE sector but she has only 20 tweets to her name. You need to persuade her to start tweeting more regularly. Scottish FE has been re-organised and brought back into the public sector. Its funding reductions have been measured, not swingeing. FE lecturers there can register with the General Teaching Council. We need to know how all that is working (and also if the SNP might perhaps like to stand in some of our constituencies next time too?)

Smita Jamdar  Smita Jamdar @smitajamdar
Lawyer & head of education, SGH Martineau, married to Mark, mum to Jay & Kieran, LFC fan & subscriber to Private Eye.

“International?” you query, eyebrows raised. Where’s the anti-Kipper going with this one? Smita is on the list to prove just how broadminded I am, open to people of other cultures and beliefs. She supports Liverpool FC you see. On a good day she’s flagging up, or engaging in discussions about, sector developments. On a bad day like this one she’s having a Rhianna makeover, belatedly joining the Labour party, and fantasizing that Stevie G is still destined to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal.

  Rory Gallagher 今から  @EddieKayshun 

MFL. Deputy ITEC. MEd – student agency. Blogger + curator of blogs on 

This is your bonus track, because he probably won’t count. I was going to nominate Rory, but surely he must have already been done so by his school sector colleagues. He qualifies as international because he’s a renowned French rapper, a Corsican construction worker, and only ever declares his current status in Japanese. It was he who enticed us all to bare our souls in his whoiamwhatido blogs and he’s always good for a pint and a catch-up if you stray perchance into Dorset: a thoroughly good guy.

That’s all folks! I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of Ashley Cricket Club.



About dp40days

A senior leader in Further and Higher Education, now based in Moray (pronounced "Murray") on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. (I know, I love paradox). We have more sunshine and less rain each year than my previous home in Manchester, and about fifty more distilleries too! You can find me on Twitter as @DP40days. Blogs so far have been mainly about work and travel but frankly, I've been a bit quiet recently. Maybe that's about to change...
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