Getting tips for running workshops by learning out loud

This is one of the reasons that I love to read Helen Blunden’s tweets and blogs and watch her video’s. She’s a very well respected learning designer with followers from all over the world, and yet she tweets about panicing before every workshop she gives: Others from the field reply …

Meer ruimte en vrijheid met checklists en templates

Ongeveer één keer per twee weken schrijf ik een blog over productiviteit op mijn andere website OrganizeFlow. Deze keer gaat deze over checklists en templates.  Ik houd ervan om checklists en templates te gebruiken om mijn werk gemakkelijker te maken. Zodra ik merk dat ik met dingen bezig ben waar een …

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals

In Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals bespreekt Derek Sivers twee interessante onderwerpen: een daily diary, wat ook wel een journal wordt genoemd, en een topic journal. Over het eerste zegt hij:

You can’t trust distant memories, but you can trust your daily diary. It’s the best indicator to your future self (and maybe descendants) of what was really going on in your life at this time.


Je tekst redigeren in 10 stappen

Voordat je een blog publiceert wil je natuurlijk dat de inhoud goed overkomt en goed te volgen is voor je lezers. Ook probeer je zoveel mogelijk te voorkomen dat er nog taal- of spelfouten in staan. 

Het blog Je tekst redigeren in 10 stappen en de bijbehorende pdf van Jessie van Loon staan vol met ijzersterke tips voor het redigeren van je teksten. Natuurlijk zijn ze niet alleen toe te passen bij het schrijven van blogs, maar je kunt ze ook prima gebruiken bij het schrijven van andere teksten.


Obvious to you. Amazing to others

This video contains an outtake from the book ‘Anything you want‘ by Derek Sivers.

I really recognize this. Although I love to share knowledge and insights, I’m not very good at doing this just by myself. If someone asks me something, I’m more than willing to answer, write a small guide or refer to other interesting resources. 

By blogging regularly, I want to share more of my thoughts and insights, and hopefully also create new ideas by restructuring and rethinking these thoughts and insights. Until now, I often feel like I’m just repeating what others have already written. Although I regularly find out that others have never heard of anything I am ‘saying’.
I guess it’s really like this line from the video:

We are clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.

Rue de Mouftard – Stef Bos

Eén van de mooiste nummers die ik ken. Bij toeval een keer gehoord op de radio en ademloos beluisterd. Helemaal tot het eind, vurig hopend dat de DJ zou vertellen welk nummer dit was, want de aankondiging had ik gemist. Dat deed hij. Rue de Mouftard, van Stef Bos. 

Meestal sla ik het nummer over als het in een playlist voorbijkomt, want ik wil dat het speciaal blijft; niet ‘grijsgedraaid’. Gisteravond zat ik in de auto en heb ik hem weer eens helemaal beluisterd. Dat bracht me op het idee om hem vandaag hier te posten.  


Demo: Teams in the Classroom at Microsoft Inspire 2019

I think it’s stunning what Microsoft is currently accomplishing with Teams, especially its applications for education.  

In this video, you see Dr. Kellerman using teams to create a community of more than 500 students by using not only Microsoft apps like Teams and OneNote, but also all kinds of external apps that run from tabs in Teams (e.g. Moodle and powerful engineering software). All with Microsoft Teams and AI, using the Microsoft Azure platform.

He uses AI via Question bot on the Azure platform, which can even find answers to student’s questions in the transcripts of videos, and he used PowerBI for a personal analysis of their data for each of the 500 students, so each of them had tailor made questions to practice. Very, very inspiring examples of what is possible with this platform.

Using Microsoft Teams and AI, Dr. David Kellermann, lecturer in the school of engineering at the University of New South Wales, has more than enhanced the experience of his students — he’s transformed the classroom and learning experience, while creating a community of learners.

Microsoft (in the YouTube-video description)

I feel lucky that the school that I work for also started implementing Teams. For now, we only use it for one-on-one and group communication, sharing files and notes and task management for group projects, just like many non-educational organizations and companies have started doing. But we are looking closely at all the new possibilities that could be used to facilitate modern education that is really engaging for students and inspires them to participate and create and share their own knowlegde. 

Personal Automation Challenge

This week, I joined the ‘Personal automation challenge’ by Asian Efficiency. For this challenge, they shared a very interesting video from their new upcoming course, with some very useful tips. The first part of the video contains tips for Mac users, and from 12:48 there are tips for Windows users.

Video opens on the Asian Efficiency website in a new tab or window

After watching this video, I re-ordered my Finder’s navigation bar and added some new folders to it, I added the Split PDF quick task and I created a smart folder to find all ePub-files that I have on my Mac somewhere.

Today I also created a shortcut that opens Gmail in my browser. I already had a bookmark for it in my bookmarks bar, but then I always first had to open a new tab in my browser, and then click on the bookmark. I often forgot to create that new tab, so it loaded in the tab I was working in, which I actually didn’t want to leave at all. Each time this happened, I first had to go back to the page that I was on, then open a new tab and then click on the Gmail-bookmark. ☹️😤😫

By starting the Gmail-bookmark via a shortcut, I noticed that it automatically opens on a new tab in my Chrome browser. So that doesn’t make the process just one step shorter, but at least two steps (and the feeling of frustration about forgetting to open a new tab).

Why We Shouldn’t Reward Ourselves for Good Habits – With One Exception

Vaak willen we onszelf belonen als we proberen onze gewoonten te veranderen. Als we de gewoonte een bepaalde tijd hebben volgehouden vinden we dat we een beloning ‘verdiend’ hebben.

Gretchen Rubin schrijft in haar blog Why we shouldn’t reward ourselves for good habits – with one exception echter dat we hier heel voorzichtig mee moeten zijn, en dat er eigenlijk maar één beloning is die wél werkt, namelijk een beloning die de gewoonte verder versterkt. 

Eigenlijk is de beloning de nieuwe gewoonte zelf.