#125 – Geoff Barton, the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders
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This week’s episode features my conversation with Geoff Barton, the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. We talk about what the top priorities are for education leaders, in which situations technology can be a useful leadership tool, and why podcasts are flipping brilliant. This interview was recorded at the Global Education and Skills Forum. This episode also features part two of our mini-series feature on digital transformation with Kenny Nicholl from Canvas. I kick off by asking him about moving on from his VP role to take on the title of GM for EMEA and all that entails. A huge thank you to our guests, listeners and sponsors!
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- Geoff Barton, the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders | Twitter: @RealGeoffBarton @ASCL_UK
- Kenny Nicholl, GM, EMEA, Canvas by Instructure | Twitter: @kennynicholl @CanvasLMS
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