Bookmarked Trolls are just the start of the problems facing female players (ABC News)
When former male AFL players join the pile-on of their female counterparts, you can see there's still a lot of work to do.
Kate O’Halloran reports on the furore that has arisen around the publication Tayla Harris’ photograph, where Channel 7 pulled the image after being inundated by trolls, only to reinstate it after pressure. O’Halloran explains that such trolling is neither new nor is it restricted to AFLW. Instead, it highlights an underlying misogynistic culture within sport:

There is enormous power and privilege associated with men’s sport, and it is time that power was used to support those who are much more marginalised, paid precariously and subject to abuse simply for making headway into a deeply patriarchal culture.

This reminds me of Phil Cleary’s article in 2004 discussing this subculture. What concerns me is that Harris raised concern that some of the men who made derogatory comments online had wives and daughters. I have concern that it is appropriate for anyone to say such things.

Bookmarked What’s good ‘evidence-based’ practice for classrooms? We asked the teachers, here’s what they said (EduResearch Matters)
We believe teachers should be heard more clearly in the conversations about evidence; policy makers and other decision-makers need to listen to teachers. The type of evidence that teachers want and can use should be basic to any plan around ‘evidence-based’ or ‘evidence-informed’ teaching in Australian schools.
Meghan Stacey and Nicole Mockler share some of their finding associated with what evidence teachers value in the classroom. This is in contrast to external meta research.
Bookmarked Where now for Mark Zuckerberg after his – and our – loss of innocence? | Martin Moore (the Guardian)
A year on from the Observer exposé, what has really changed for Facebook and its users?
An interesting reflection on Facebook in light of the live-steamed shootings in New Zealand and a year after the expose associated with Cambridge Analytica.
Bookmarked Learning the rules of predicting the future – The Ed Techie by an author
In short, the future will have much resonance with the present, but it will be one where the relationship between people and increasingly powerful technology is one that is constantly examined and negotiated. I would not expect any grand revolution in the higher education space, the much quoted concept of disruption is almost entirely absent and inappropriate in this space. So don’t expect the type of future often predicted by educational technology entrepreneurs, with all existing universities made redundant by a new technology centric model. Instead we see a continual model of innovation, testing, adaption and revisiting within the constraints of an existing, and robust system.
Martin Weller responds to a request to predict the future of higher ed by identifying four rules:

  1. Very little changes, while simultaneously everything changes.
  2. Change is rarely about the technology.
  3. Appreciate the historical amnesia in much of educational technology.
  4. Technology is not ethically or politically neutral.

Alongside the work of Gary Stager and Audrey Watters, this is a useful provocation to think about the past, present and future of education and technology.

Bookmarked Sportsbet’s big punt (ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))
The barrage of blokey ads. The sponsorship signage. The steady drip of endorsements by smiling sports stars. Online betting giants are pumping millions into the battle for the minds and wallets of Australian punters, with a singular aim: making you reach for your phone. Now a 7.30 investigation can reveal details about the powerful machinery behind one of the country's leading sports betting operators — a company that has spent nearly half a billion dollars over five years on endeavours aimed at tightening its grip on this rapidly growing market.
Paul Farrell, Inga Ting and Amy Donaldson investigate the tangled web of influence associated with SportsBet. From various sporting clubs to the tech giants, the 7:30 Report uncovers the ways in which the betting company has managed to spend nearly half a billion on advertising in a five year period. This reminds me of a post from Tom Cummings from a few years ago looking at the roll gambling had in relation to Hawthorne’s grand final success.
Bookmarked Jason Kottke, OG blogger - Creator Interviews (Creator Interviews)
Jason Kottke launched his blog in 1998. That’s right, back in the twentieth century. Seven years later, he went full-time as a blogger and it’s been his professional identity ever since. What I find most remarkable about Kottke’s story is that he’s never stopped blogging. The blog as an…
Another interview with Jason Kottke reflecting on his experience of blogging.
Bookmarked Teaching Digital Citizenship: 10 Internet Safety Tips For Students (With Cyber Safety Posters) by an author
While it’s unlikely young people will never experience an issue online, I believe it is a good aim to both minimise potential harm and ensure students feel like they always have someone to talk to. Digital citizenship education is an ongoing process, and the work of one teacher is not enough. Ideally, we need parents, students, educators, community members, and school leaders to unite. Most of all, we need to create a positive culture where students feel empowered to use technology safely and purposefully.
Kathleen Morris outlines her four layered approach to teaching digital citizenship. This focuses on integrating the various skills within the curriculum, providing real world stories to reflect upon, building up student toolkits and developing lines of communication. Associated with this, she also provides ten tips for students.
Bookmarked “Real-World” Math Is Everywhere or It’s Nowhere by By Dan Meyer (dy/dan)
Amare is looking at these 16 parabolas. Her partner Geoff has chosen one and she has to figure out which one by asking yes-or-no questions. There are lots of details here. She’s trying to foc…
Dan Meyer on differentiating between ‘real’ models versus ‘non-real’ models in Mathematics. The problem with this is that from a process point of view it is all real learning.
Bookmarked Do You Believe in Sharing? (Tim Harford)
Lin Ostrom never believed in “the remorseless working of things”. Born Elinor Awan in Los Angeles in 1933, by the time she first saw Garrett Hardin present his ideas she had already beaten the odds.
Tim Harford compares the work of Garrett Hardin with that of Lin Ostrom. According to Ostrom there are many flaws to the argument for the ‘tragedy of the commons’, such as the ownership of the land and commonality between different examples. Matto Mildenberger also provides his own recount of the sordid history assocaited with Garrett Hardin’s classic.


The commons were owned by a community. They were managed by a community. These people were neighbours. They lived next door to each other. In many cases, they set their own rules and policed those rules.

Hardin’s article had sliced through the complexity with his assumption that all commons were in some sense the same. But they aren’t.

The logic of Garrett Hardin’s 1968 essay is seductive but to read the text itself is a shock. Hardin’s policy proposals are extreme. He believed that the ultimate tragedy of the commons was overpopulation – and the central policy conclusion of the article was, to quote Hardin, that “freedom to breed is intolerable”.

via Cory Doctorow