After 3 1/2 years of EduGeek and discussion with the other admins, I am retiring as an EduAdmin to concentrate on my day job. It has been a fantastic time and Dos_Box is a brilliant boss.
I look forward to being able to sit back and heckle, even coming down off the fence.
Thanks for the support everyone has given over the last 3 1/2 years and it I am glad I am part of a thriving community.
Enjoy a little more spare time Tony, well done for all your hard work.
Many thanks for everything you have done for Edugeek over the years, the time and effort given to get edugeek as far as it has come has been phenomenal.
Enjoy the break - no doubt you'll still lend a hand now and again :D
We'll miss your input Tony, hope you'll still post a fair bit!
We will really miss you as an admin but look forward to more considered and balanced posts on all topics
Good luck to you Tony - No eulogy better than a superbly pulled off BETT!
Your voice of reality & reason, helping us to think outside of our own techie confines, and see the bigger education picture - is a big reason I think EduGeek has been such the success it has.
You will be missed as EduAdmin, but very glad you're staying around!
Good luck and thanks for all the work you have done for Edugeek :)
Thanks for everything! Dont be a stranger! :D
Let me start with little story...
Before the name Edugeek.net became the bane of my life. I was over at an education forum and I saw post from a guy called who was spouting some rubbish about technical staff having to be accountable and that we had to think about teaching and learning (to be fair don’t think we were using that phrase at time but you get the drift). Anyway my first thought was who is this guy has he ever worked in a school closed my browser in disgust.
The Problem was the next few weeks’ lot of things started to change my thinking and at each time my thoughts came back to that post. I lurked on the forum and watched unfolding debate between this guy called Tony and other members of the forum.
Edugeek.net was created (was it in 7 days), I joined and look who should be there but this Tony. Since that first post Tony has pushed my thinking ever time it would be understatement to say that in great words of CJ “I didn't get where I am without Tony Sheppard.”
Like many I owe lot to Tony not only for his hard work on edugeek.net but also the knowledge, experience and influence has had over my career.
As I said to Tony at BETT as always it has been a pleasure.
It is first time Tony has heard that story.
This was material that I was going to use for his Obituary so please Tony don’t go and meet the great geek in sky until I have thought of some more material. ;)
Thank you for all the work you've done for the community.
And it was a pleasure meeting you this weekend at BETT.
I'd say good luck but I think you've actually totally gone over to the Dark Side now :p and even a half-hearted Jedi warrior is better than being a Sith :p
But thanks for all the help and effort you've put into this place over the years and remember there's always a green light-sabre waiting for you, if you return :-)
Just to add to the thanks above...
Your "stop and think" approach to administration has been very useful to me both on here professionally as well as helped me with other sites where I'm the guy in the hotseat. Useful example most of the time and definitely be interesting to see how things pan out without you.
Best of luck...
Argh! You'd better still post your like you do now. Edugeek wouldn't be the same without your insightful, thought out posts!
As an admin, you've been superb, so I hope you come back at some point in the future!
Ah, now we get to know what you really think. Sorry, got a book of quotes for Christmas, this one comes to mind (from, seemingly, Mike from the Young Ones - it was a cheap book of quotes, you understand):
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
"A social conscience is like a garden fence, you try to eat it, it'll get stuck in your throat."