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#globalsolo celebrates one year

Our first post last Dec 31 2013 saw a blank twitter profile for @globalsolo. So here one year later how does it look?


Yes the numbers are higher, this is the current number of followers, some have been lost along the way. By 23 January 2014 we had 500 followers in time for the BETT show in London (Education Tech / IT) that I attended on the Friday. I was dressed in a polo shirt that I had produced – see background. The logo design has been criticised because it does not show Australia or New Zealand and remains a one off – ideas always welcomed.

As each new follower subscribes they have been added to the list of network members as my role is as facilitator and advocate / evangelist which. I have done through appearances at various Ed events / Teachmeets.

This screenshot show how many have signed up and one time or another.


So year two how do we develop? This is one of two Twitter networks I act as a facilitator for. I believe that we have brought many educators together and ideas and resources have been shared. Ideal? No but I am just a link – I will try and respond to requests if I can fit them in – where should the network go next? Ideas welcomed as it is not mine to determine.

Thanks for joining / visiting / reading / sharing.

Andy Knill aka @globalsolo and @aknill



@Globalsolo appearing live …

The Twitter network continues to expand – now over 1500 educators. The blog, possibly slightly stalled, but he who changes jobs has less time to spend on other pursuits.

Membership database still in the plans but time factor and uncertainty about data protection has currently stalled plans.


@globalsolo is booked to appear live in 2014/15 at:

– TLT14 in Southampton in October 2014 (event is already full). There will be a noisey Genius Bar stand about Solo Taxonomy and the Globalsolo network during the lunch intermission.

– @TMHavering 3 in November 2014 in Hornchurch, Havering, Greater London. Event details and tickets are released on Monday 15th September. There will be a variety of workshops in offer inc. Solo Taxonomy use. ONLY 75 tickets will be on offer so check the tweets for news and get booked up early – this is a free event.

– Northern Rocks 2015 – following the popularity and indeed turning audience seekers away at the June 2014 inaugural event in Leeds, Yorkshire, the Solo session run in 2014 by @Globalsolo and Andy Day have been invited to speak again. There will be shouting from the windows as last summer.

I am sure there will be more events announced as possibilities come up. If you are a UK school and are interested in PD contact us. All links are subject to my personal teaching commitment and own role in school but I would like to start expanding the network further, what say you?

EdchatNZ inaugural meeting 8 and 9 August 2014

Twitter is a wonder, last Thursday and Friday evenings and late into the night I sat up in the UK and followed tweets from Hobsonville Point (@HPSS) in Auckland, New Zealand. They were hosting a first time face to face (some twitter speak is nonsensical) meeting for NZ educators. I had heard about it through a few twitter sources including Steve Mouldey (@GeoMouldey) who I have tweeted with for a while and seen the new developments as Hobsonville Point has developed as a new school.

They included challenges for participants including presenters, some of which had been used by The GeoCollective at the Geographical Association conference 2014 in Guildford, UK. My favourites were the presenters “dance” challenges which I had embraced wholeheartedly and led 60 geographers dancing to start my own Easter workshop, anyway I digress.

The Saturday workshops included Pam Hook (@arti_choke) presenting about Solo taxonomy in the primary and secondary schools. If you read this blog I am sure that you have come across Pam’s work and HookEd site. This was the closest I have ever been to participating in / hearing Pam live. Nuances of presentations are missed being on the other side of the world, but very gratifying to feel included, to renew acquaintances and make new friends.




Keep an eye out for such events around the globe and then send a post to share it with our network. All links for EdChatNZ appreciated.

One Month up and running…

Ok, globalsolo celebrates its first month on 31 January. What we would like is some feedback as comments on the blog that others can read OR tweeted to @globalsolo on Twitter OR mailed to

If you do not want your feedback shared please indicate and it will just be read by me.

What do you like?

Have you used the globalsolo twitter list all members are added too?

Have you seen ideas that you like?

What do you think should be the priority in February?

Thanks for reading and please feedback.

Hijacking someone else’s cpd

Not a violent or aggressive hijacking,but being cheeky, assertive, taking the opportunities offered. Today I attended a day about how Canons High School, Edgware, have developed their surplus model through the use of pedagogy leaders.

I have previously met members of the team  through PedagooLondon 2013, Teachmeet Collaborate in Sept, and twitter. I know that Solo taxonomy has been one aspect that they are developing. Today I got an opportunity to see lessons in progress and talk about solo and @globalsolo. Already having returned home I have passed on recommended links discussed today Рthis is exactly why I started the network idea.

BETT2014 visit blog link

Part 1

BETT2014 visit blog link

P art 2

Rather than write separate posts under different blogs I am linking from here to my personal blog because my visit on Friday was for a number of reasons. If you don’t enjoy the diary / travelogue approach, please avoid these posts.