My name is Jon and I am the Principal at OISE Bristol.
I hope over the coming months that you will enjoy and benefit from subscribing to our new blog.
Personally I am a big fan of social media and please feel free to connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Xing, Viadeo, Yammer or FourSquare.
In addition, you can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you do? Do you think of things, do you innovate? Or do you make things perhaps? The chances are your work means you are not just one type, but have a mixture of skill sets, characteristics, strengths (and weaknesses).
Click on the image below to read an interesting article by Lou Adler. He says there are only four different types of job. Read the article and then consider yourself and your colleagues – what type or types are you?
As regular readers will know I am a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson and his views on education. I share his opinion that much of what happens harks back the Victorian era, the need to produce a large-scale workforce with skills specific to those times and in keeping with the resources available in that period of history.
When I found out he had spoken again recently at TED, I was keen to hear what he had to say. I was not disappointed…
Please click on the image below to listen to his presentation. There are no comprehension questions – just listen and think about what he has to say.
What’s the future? The future of business more precisely. A topic discussed in the new book from Brian Solis of Altimeter.
Personally I have been giving a great deal of thought to this in terms of the language school industry. So much of what happens tends to be rooted in traditional models, most probably created by Generation X thinking, but meant to appeal to Generation Y tastes.
By clicking on the image below you can read a little more about Brian’s views and I was particularly interested by the notion of Generation C – digitally engaged people not grouped so much by age, but instead more by attitude and lifestyle.
The whole idea of a user experience, the power of connectivity and the strength of social media all rang bells. What about you – what generation are you and what do you think the future holds?
Following on from the musical theme of yesterday’s post, we have the Eurovision song contest tomorrow. This will be broadcast live from Malmo and in many ways is no longer a song contest (Ding-a-dong won in 1975), but more a chance for subtle and not so subtle political statements to be made.
Do you watch this competition? Will Cyprus and Greece give each other the maximum 12 points? Does it matter?
Does singing your song in English improve the chances of winning as a larger audience will understand the words, or is it better to use your own language to gain the votes?
Click on the image below to read about and listen to songs from the Eurovision for endangered languages and perhaps hear a song in Breton or even Sami.
I asked some of the people I work with for their Top 10 lists for songs they think everyone should hear at least once in their lives. It might be because it has personal significance, it might have been groundbreaking or it might simply have been a great piece of music.
There is no right or wrong, these are personal opinions, but it creates some interesting lists and some fantastic listening as well.
Click on the picture below to see this list and copy and paste the links to listen to the songs. Do any of the choices surprise you? Now we have shared with you, what about your favourites – can you create a top 10 as well?