Bookmarked The parochialism of the present - Sceptical Scot (Sceptical Scot)
'Revisiting our educational history might encourage us to question some of the prevailing orthodoxies of our time...Perhaps we should ask why there are no comparable radical voices in Scottish education today.'

Hard hitting stuff. in reply @athole lists some possible radicals Sceptical Scot looks like a good addition to my rss reader.

Bookmarked Let’s Make Twitter Great Again? – A Reflection on a Social Media of One by Aaron Aaron (Read Write Respond)
Many argue that something is not right with social media as it currently stands. This post explores what it might mean to make Twitter great again? Responding to Jack Dorsey’s call for suggestions on how to improve Twitter, Dave Winer put forward two suggestions: preventing trolling and making cha...

Lots of things to chew over and follow up on in this meaty link filled post. I hope to do so over the break.

Bookmarked Are tiny conferences and meetups better than big ones? (Doug Belshaw's Thought Shrapnel)
Over a decade ago, a few Scottish educators got together in a pub for a meetup. This spawned something that is still going to this day: the TeachMeet. I’ve been to a fair few in my time and, particularly in the early days, found them the perfect mix of camaraderie and professional learning.

Doug quotes How to Host or Attend a “Tiny” Conference

eight pointers for running a successful ‘Tiny Conf’:

  1. Keep it ‘tiny’
  2. Make it application and invite-only

I think I agree totally about the value of small. Not so sure about invite-only might miss some serendipity…

There have only been a few TeachMeets in scotland recently, I wonder if it is worth keeping TeachMeet.scot going?