Liked Voice and action on International Women’s Day by Dr Deborah M. Netolicky (the édu flâneuse)
Flipping the system is about subverting power hierarchies in the education system, and elevating the voice, agency and influence of those often ignored or marginalised by the system. This involves sharing teacher perspectives and Indigenous perspectives, for instance, alongside the academic voices of scholars. What we have found, however, is that elevating the voices of those at the nadir of the system is full of challenges. Often there are vulnerabilities or ethical tensions that deter individuals and groups from sharing their stories. Like those voices who have brought prominent social campaigns to the fore, it is those who have the most power, stability and security that often feel most free to speak. Those who have the most to lose, or who are in the most precarious circumstances, can be wary about speaking up or speaking out.
Replied to Reducing friction by Mark Mark (
What I’m doing is not exactly POSSE because status posts under 280 characters are cross-posted to Twitter as plain tweets and don’t link back here, but that’s fine by me. I don’t care if Twitter has copies of my photos and words as long as I have the originals hosted here on my blog. I downsized from two blogs to one, and now instead of tweeting, I publish status posts to my blog (which get cross-posted to Twitter). I mostly use’s iOS app for status posts, but any WordPress-compatible client would work.
Interestingly, I actually went from one to two in my transition to the Indieweb. I wanted to leave my main blog, Read Write Respond, for my longer posts, while I use Read Write Collect for everything else. I must admit that I am progressively consolidating more and more of my disparate parts.

I am intrigued by the idea of relying on micro.blogs to manage comments. Treating it like that reminds me a little of Disqus.

Bookmarked Let’s Get Better at Demanding Better from Tech by Cory Doctorow (Locus Online)
You don’t have to be “protech” or “anti-tech.” Indeed, it’s hard to imagine how someone could realistically be said to be “anti-tech” – your future is going to have more technology in it, so the question isn’t, “Should we use technology?” but rather, “Which technology should we use?”
Cory Doctorow stops and reflects on technology. He argues that it is not about technology or no technology, but rather what technology. He gives the pushes back on the argument about advertising and suggests that there are wider market forces at play:

In 2018, companies from John Deere to GM to Johnson & Johnson use digital locks and abusive license agreements to force you to submit to surveillance and control how you use their products. It’s true that if you don’t pay for the product, you’re the product – but if you’re a farmer who’s just shelled out $500,000 for a new tractor, you’re still the product.

Although it can be easy to blame the fore-fathers, Doctorow highlights how some of these concerns are not new:

The reality is that these early “techno-utopians” were keenly aware of these risks. They founded organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, not because they were convinced that everything was going to be great – but because they were worried that everything could be terrible, and also because they saw the potential for things to be better.

He closes his piece explaining that we have to fight for and work with technologists for a better future.

Our technology can make our lives better, can give us more control, can give us more privacy – but only if we force it to live up to its promise. Any path to that better future will involve technologists, because no group of people on earth is better equipped to understand how important it is to get there.

For me, this is why I persist with the IndieWeb.

Replied to A Year in the Indieweb by Eli Mellen (Oatmeal)
Do you IndieWeb? Do you want to IndieWeb? I’d love to talk IndieWeb with you.
Nice reflection. I too have been on a sloopy journey into the –IndieWeb, although I have not dived in as far as you to create your own CMS.

One of the things that struck me about the post was that it felt like IndieWeb was both a verb and a noun. I find this one of the intriguing aspects to it all. I found someone mention themselves as a citizen of the IndieWeb.

Whatever the IndieWeb is I think that it will only get better as the community continues to grow and evolve.

Replied to How-to, a by Eli Mellen (Oatmeal)
A user-account is really just 1 or more RSS/JSON feeds all streamed through a single spot. It allows you to aggregate RSS feeds into a single social “feed” that represents you.
This is a good starting point for Micro.Blog.

For me it is part Feed Reader / part Social Media platform, however as you point out, the content is always yours. I can imagine this platform, or at least concept, being used in an educational environment, allowing students to easily engage with various feeds in a central space.

Replied to Technology and Learning. Evidence and Impact by Corrie Barclay (Learning and Leading)
It’s not been until my current place of employment that I was asked, repeatedly, by parents and caregivers about what the impact would be of iPad devices being integrated in to their student’s learning. In saying that, it does not mean that other parents and caregivers has not been concerned in ...
Interesting reflections Corrie.

I thought the one person to turn to in regards to the effectiveness of technology was Gary Stager. He certainly has some interesting things to say:

I am intrigued by your reference to Marzano in association with technology. Have you read his work on IWBs?

I have always had concerns with SAMR, my particular gripe is the lack of awareness to the wider context. I have really enjoyed following Ian Guest’s work assocaited with Twitter, in particular his reference to ‘non-human’ actors. This is why I think that there is hope with the Modern Learning Canvas to support teachers in developing a richer appreciation of practice. See for example the canvas I made assocaited with our learning model:

“Modern Learning Canvas – Instructional Model” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA

If we ask teachers to change their “roles, relationships and actions”, I think that we need a way of seeing and appreciating that. The canvas provides a great tool to identify transformation.

Lastly, in regards to wider research, I collected some links here if you need anything.


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