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Global solo – update

The @globalsolo twitter account has been passed onto @arti_choke (Pam Hook). I have so much on my plate work wise and have not been able to develop things further. I hope that the links continue between solo taxonomy users.

If any of you followed the LinkedIn account that has also been closed. I am gradually removing the accounts run for globalsolo.

I have been privileged to see the idea of solo taxonomy spread but now it’s time for me to step back.
Andy Knill


#INZPIrED chat 20/21 February 2015

This took place at various time points – here in the UK, at 4 am. See who took part and if there is anyone you would like to connect with.


Pre structural ….but not able to retain uni structural …

My youngest son has always had numerical blocks, we suspect dyscalculia when I look at his maths progress over many years of secondary education I do see progress to relational stages on some aspects of number bonds.

Then today a college homework on averages, medians… We seem to slip back to pre structural. Ideas he has used previously founder again. Is it the mental block to maths achievement? Any suggestions? Seriously ideas appreciated.

We have moved on time, money are not the barriers they used to be but longer term retention of ideas still seem a long way off.

An update . Taking stock…

In January when this network idea all started it seemed an easy concept, start a twitter account, add LinkedIn, Google+ and start a blog to share ideas.

Things got off to a good start inc. having the logo transformed as an idea into reality and a polo and sweat shirt printed off in time to attend the BETT 2014 show. I used the opportunity to be photographed with @globalsolo prominent which led to several discussions about what it involved. Yes, I know that the map does not do justice to Australia or New Zealand – why do you think I haven’t gone into production !?! All in the planning / ideas file…

The shirts have been seen at a number of events during the year. The twitter account has proved a great success and encourages lots of sharing of ideas and resources. At #TLT14 I even made a globalsolo hat which attracted a certain amount of attention. Like the shirts it was unique and a one off – I suspect the bar staff at the pub in Southampton probably binned it though after I abandoned it.


In 5 weeks the accounts will be one year old. The thoughts of all or any followers / network members are welcomed.


Promises of a database of members so that you can filter details for age group taught, country, subject etc has still not come to fruition due to demands in my full time life outside Twitter and taking on a new department, but remains on the developments to work on.

Thoughts have even crossed my mind on whether I could actually earn something from the #globalsolo vehicle – but no progress on that yet either.

If you’ve read this far, thank you and do give feedback on the blog as a comment or tweet to @globalsolo or email to Your ideas are very welcome.


Andy Knill (aka @aknill)

Latest sightings of @globalsolo

Globalsolo. Presented at @BMTeachMeet this week, no tech was used. Card hexagons and audience participation. The ideas were greeted with 4 new followers at the event.

A request for a presentation for TMStratford-on-Avon on Thur 3 July was produced this weekend using Haiku Deck for the slides and Knuvio for the added VoiceOver. Once the event have used the video it will be posted for our followers to feedback on.

i will be at on. Tues. 1 July but as co-host, not presenting,time to let others have a go.

My Hobbies by Garden Shed Productions video was mentioned by a social worker friend this week and another place to use Solo Taxonomy – a development to keep an eye on.which other professions make use of solo taxonomy- please share any you are aware of a big thanks to all our new followers / network members we are now past 1400 in our first 6 months. Three weeks. To. My summer holidays and then the network database gets started properly – apologies for delay.

NRocks2014 – Saturday 7 June, Leeds, Yorkshire



Northern Rocks made a point that education events when well organised do not have to be London-centric. Leeds was the setting, the weather on Friday was superb, Late afternoon Saturday the weather was superb. 09:00 to 16:00 it poured with rain, did it dampen the   Enthusiasm of 300 educators? Not at all. They sheltered under coats, umbrellas, NRocks bags, folders, but they rushed from workshop to workshop to get there before doors closed and no spaces left were declared as happened on several occasions.

i was lucky (@aknill) to be there presenting in the workshop one slot with Andy Day (@Andyphilipday). We introduced solo taxonomy, how a variety of practitioners are using it and the growth of @globalsolo. Currently over 1300 network,embers and growing still. We thought about 25, we got 48 and we turned people away- the offer to return for a follow up in 2015 has already been made.


Later, on Thursday 12/6 #ukedchat held a discussion about solo taxonomy.  We arrived late in the form of @aknill. In 30 minutes the network had grown by another 30 followers.

A great week for the case for solo taxonomy use in the UK.  Today, Friday 13/6 @aknill has an article published in the June edition of UKEdMag (see @ukedmag on twitter) proposing how the taxonomy could provide a framework to follow. The demise of levels in the English National Curriculum.

All feedback welcomed on any one of these events – what a week this has been.