I first started blogging in 2009 after being inspired by the brilliant Tim Rylands and Andy Hutt. Since then I have written more than 650 blog posts on this site and much more on previous blogging sites such as Posterous, wordpress.com and sites such as Staffrm plus articles for magazines and papers such as Teach Secondary, the TES and much more.
This year, more than ever, I have invested in the stock market. To say the least, it’s been a learning curve. Not being a professional I have learned a lot by the school of hard knocks. It’s been quite the ride.Some investments have really paid off, with one stock up 50 percent this year. Others have not fared so well, with one stock being down 60 percent in the same time frame.Yet I’m a smarter investor today than I was 12 months ago.
There’s no getting away from it, technology in education can be an expensive business and there are plenty of companies out there ready to get their snake oil out there to make a fast buck from “helping” educators. With ever decreasing budgets and a Government wanting a world-class education for its young people but unwilling to find the money to make it happen, it is incumbent upon schools to find ways and means to save money and make efficiencies.
@jillberry102@WordPress@staffrm Hi Jill! Sorry, saw this just as I started driving and have only just stopped so haven't had chance to take a look. Congrats on getting your own blog! I'll have a look over the weekend. A great move! 👏🏻
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