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Graham Reed

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How's your week? What's your win?

It's been a very busy and very tough couple of weeks, working days evenings and weekends across projects, very much glad it is Friday today! But a lot of improvements made, changed enacted, processes developed and lists completed. So while...
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WFH: Call to ban emails out of hours

Working from home: Call to ban out-of-hours emails from bosses France did this a few years back. What does everyone think about this proposal? bbc.co.uk/...
Working from home: Call to ban out-of-hours emails from bosses
The UK government is urged to bring in a French-style law giving workers "the right to disconnect".

Amazon offers 'wellness chambers'

This is incredibly poorly thought out. What does anyone else think? Feels like they are trying to tick a lot of HR boxes, patting themselves on the back and moving on. Moreover, fighting the symptoms rather than tackling the cause. BBC News -...
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Amazon offers 'wellness chamber' for stressed staff
The "AmaZen" chambers will let staff watch meditation videos and see "calming scenes".

MH Awareness Week: What About You

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Plenty of people are posting great stories, doing so much to raise awareness and reach out to others on SM and the likes. For me though, I am keeping a low profile this year. There is loads going on in...
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Europe seeks to limit use of AI

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56745730.amp This is really interesting, ambiguous and scary all in one article. Europe seeks to limit use of AI in society. What does everyone think about this? Very interesting given I've been writing for an EdTech...
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Europe seeks to limit use of AI in society - BBC News
The rules are proposals and could take several years to become law.
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Side Hustle Launched: SaferPlaces

Minor bit of personal news, super pleased that my side hustle app is now live! SaferPlaces is an app to help keep lone and vulnerable workers - those in vulnerable roles - safe by providing a private, organisation-only alerting system to send...
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SaferPlaces
With SaferPlaces you can send and receive important notifications, emergency alerts and requests for help to and from your colleagues in just 2 taps, in a private platform just for your organisation. Send unlimited alerts to individuals or groups, or broadcast an emergency to your whole organisation

Midweek Mood 1st April

How is everyone doing today, this week? For me, happier than last if more stressful (work pressure, but I'm good with that because it's just to finish a big project on time!). I feel too that, in the UK at least, restrictions have slowly started...
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Weekly EdTech Discussion: Iris EdGen

This week's discussion is on the 'new' MIS from the growing EdTech M&A specialists Iris. Marketed as next generation (anyone see Picard?) and focusing on MATs among others, this seems to be going up against Arbor in that space. It is so new I know...
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Weekly EdTech Discussion: Wonde

Kicking off a new idea I want to explore: discussion on an EdTech vendor or product each week. This week to get started - Wonde. Who has experience of using their data integration piece, or more recently their FSM Vouchers solution or their even...
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Midweek Mood

How is everyone feeling today, this week? For me, I feel I have hit a bit of a wall - finally. Been burning the candle at several ends covering my day job, side hustles, mentoring others and general other projects I'm half way through or recently...
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Mental Health First Aider

So pleased and proud to now be a Mental Health First Aider, where I will be able to better support my colleagues, contacts, friends and others. As many will know, I have been a long-time advocate of MHFA and mental health support. Now I feel more...
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Got an EdTech question? Ask me!

I am a 10 year veteran of the EdTech vendor market, as a product manager for Groupcall, Community Brands, Follett and Tucasi as well as some consulting with for the DfE and numerous other vendors over the years. Do you have a question about EdTech...
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Week 2 back feelings?

So we have done it... And when I say we, I of course mean all of you... We have faced getting back into full classes again and gotten through the first week! How has the first week gone for everyone? For teachers and all other school staff - how...
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Exclusive: Wellbeing Survey Results

Lockdown Impact on Middle Managers Mental Health - The Wellbeing at Work Survey Results and Analysis Back in 2020, the team at Wellbeing at Work (Part of the Omega Pegasus Group) ran a study to understand the impact of lockdown, triggered by the...
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Wellbeing at Work Survey
The results for the Wellbeing at Work 2020 survey

The Pocket Mentor App - review

My short, independent review of The Pocket Mentor App that is coming/is here, which has been published today. I have watched this platform grow for a couple of years now into what it is now, having launched on desktop last month and coming to iOS...
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The Pocket Mentor App gives a Boost to Children’s Mental Strength
Give them a boost they really need

Good Luck Today Everyone!

Just wanted to wish every member of the school community - teachers, TAs, office staff, IT support, maintenance, cleaners, governors, parents, children... Good luck, have a great first MAIN day back, and thank you for all the effort you continue to...
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Go to the Moon!

dearmoon.earth Aside from this being really exciting anyway - yes I have applied (See my handsome space-suit photo below), this would be a great launchpad, pardon the pun, to lead into STEM activities and encourage interest with current...
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dearMoon 8 crew members wanted!
For the Mission to the Moon in 2023

Google Classroom (as a parent)

Posted this just now as a side topics on the tech, but actually thought it would be worth focusing on the view from a parent for a moment: My daughter really struggled with Google Classroom to begin with (and so did I!). I'm a software product...
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Monday Musing: What EdTech has helped you the most throughout COVID/Lockdown?

... and why? Has it been a homework app? Google Classroom? Your MIS? Comms platforms? TTRockstars? Slight side topic: My daughter really struggled with Google Classroom to begin with (and so did I!). I'm a software product manager by trade,...
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