Liked ‘By whatever means necessary’: The origins of the ‘no platform’ policy by an author (Hatful of History)

‘No platform’ was developed as a specific tactic to prevent the encroachment of the National Front (and the Monday Club) onto university campuses in the mid-1970s. However it seems that almost from the time of its implementation, it has been open to misinterpretation and abuse by certain student groups.

Bookmarked Taking back the true agenda for ‘Writing’ – the story of a PETAA learning ‘intensive’ by an author (Anne’s Angle)

a. Our school needs to build our teachers’ capacity to be teachers of writers.We need to complete a whole school language review and develop shared beliefs about teaching writing.

b. We need to find a process of building in sustainability. This means that there needs to be high quality sustained professional learning over time.  We need to be assessing, recording and reporting achievement and listening to student voice.

c. We need to give our students time to play with stories, to have time to write and to write for fun.

Anna Del Conte reflects on her participation in the recent PETAA Showcase and Writing Intensive. She collects together a number of ideas and suggestions for supporting writing in school, such as engaging hearts and minds through play and focusing on whole language.
Bookmarked Twitter Should Eliminate the Retweet by an author (The Atlantic)

The feature derails healthy conversation and preys on users’ worst instincts.

Taylor Lorenz discusses the retweet functionality in Twitter and what it might mean to get rid of it. A number of add-ons and extensions are shared for modifying your timeline. Personally, I rarely retweet these days. I usually ‘like’ as a sign to the author or reply. It is also a reminder that technology never stops changing and evolving.
Liked Personalization by Paper and Non-Mechanical Teaching Machines by an author (Teaching Machines)

In the introduction to Teaching Machines and Programmed Learning: A Source Book (1960), a collection of articles penned by some of the best known theorists and practitioners in the field (including both Skinner and Pressey), A. A. Lumsdaine lists these as the three key properties of “teaching machines”:

First, continuous active student response is required, providing explicit practice and testing of each step of what is to be learned.

Second, a basis is provided for informing the student with minimal delay whether each response he makes is correct, leading him directly or indirectly to correction of his errors.

Third, the student proceeds on an individual basis at his own rate – faster students romping through an instructional sequence very rapidly, slower students being tutored as slowly as necessary, with indefinite patience to meet their special needs.

The devices thus represent a way of providing a pre-programmed study-practice combination which simulates, in partially or fully automated fashion, the functions of a private tutor in recitation and practice, with immediate correction of errors and feedback to the student.

Liked Slice of Life: Young Users in an Ad-Driven, Privacy-Invading Digital World by an author (Kevin’s Meandering Mind)

“You don’t need to be scared,” I assured her, and the others. “You need to be wary. You need to understand that you have some control over what you share. Who you share with. Why you share. Be wary but be empowered.”

Liked It’s Not About the “Heat” of the Rhetoric, It’s About Its Toxicity by an author (Hapgood)

Meanwhile, post by post, click by click, people of all ages are being slowly groomed into conspiracy cultures that turn fear into violence and authoritarian rule. Once people’s reality is warped in this way, bringing them back is difficult, and yet we are moving at a snail’s pace on educational and technological fronts. The media is still talking about the problem as if the core was people being impolite. The world slowly slides toward a dark future, across the globe. We have educational solutions (just read the rest of this blog) but they remain un-deployed or under-deployed.

Listened 2toPonder Episode 20: Digital Mindfulness Redux by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry

In this episode I continie @mrkndvs disucssion of what does digital mindullness mean. In the last step I foucsed too much on unplugging and Aaron cam back and asked what does it mean to be mindful when you stay online. 

Some great points here Greg. I particularly liked your rephrasing of digital mindfulness as ‘being mindful of the digital’. This was epitomised to me on the weekend in a post on mindfulness that seemed to lack any awareness of the underlying data inherent within platform capitalism.

I also agree about the finding the balance between the technology and the human. I have really enjoyed Douglas Rushkoff’s exploration of this area with the Team Human podcast. I look forward to reading the book too when it comes out.

Bookmarked The Beastie Boys Put Down the Mic and Pick Up the Pen by an author (

Punks don’t hire people to make their record cover. Punks do it all themselves. That’s what real punk is about — doing it yourself and building a community where people share ideas and share creativity.

Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz discuss their work to capture the groundbreaking group’s aesthetic and legacy on the page with AO Scott.
Listened The rapid growth of e-sports by an author from Radio National’s Future Tense

E-sports – competitive video gaming – is set to leave traditional performance sport in its wake. Whether to recognise e-sports as a real sport is not the main issue any more; the main challenge is to create working governance structures.

This is interesting listening after reading Doug Belshaw’s post on the rise of eSports. All this discussion of playing games to crowds reminds me of the movie, The Wizard. It is interesting that it is currently unregulated. It would seem that this will be a factor in its inclusion in such things as the Olympics?
Bookmarked Video in situ by an author (John Stewart)

There are a few programs playing with instructional video in really interesting ways. At OU, we have moved away from back-of-the-class lecture capture, producing instead sets of short videos where the instructor explains the key concepts. We have built a light screen so instructors can write like the would on a white board while looking into the camera and talking to the students. I think this takes us passed the poor substitution standard and into augmentation.

John Stewart reflects on the way in which the La Blogothèque website / YouTube channel redefines the video experience, creating new and unique possibilities. He wonders if the same changes could be incorporated into the filming of educational videos for blended and online courses, in particular, the possibilities for capturing field work. I have written about the Take Away Shows before, discussing the possibility of redefining the whole pedagogical experience. The reference to capturing field work reminds me of an early Google Glass exercise capturing CERN.
Liked “Choo-Choo-Choose your license!” Infographic on Creative Commons licences by an author

This infographic on Creative Commons licences illustrates your choices when you want to publish your own work under a CC license. Start with the locomotive on the left and make your choices at each switch. The graphic itself is published under CC BY SA 3.0.

via Doug Belshaw
Replied to On Collecting Bookmarks by an author

What do you use for bookmarking? How do you use bookmarks?

I responded to Frank’s response to bookmarks and the realised that you had started the conversation.

I have been bookmarking on my (second) site for a while now. In the past I used Diigo, but I would save everything without much thought. I tinkered with Radio3, but it just did not work for what I was after.

I feel posting on my site has made me more conscious of what I save and share. I have progressively extended this too incorporating the various post kinds.

Before I save bookmarks, I use a combination of Pocket and Trello as a temporary store. I have documented this here.

Hope that helps.


Replied to A cabinet of bookmarks by Frank Meeuwsen (Digging the digital)

It is my way of public experimenting. I just try stuff on this blog and see where it goes, both in terms of my own satisfaction and reactions of my readers. Since my wife is a bit behind on my blog and I haven’t heard from my mum yet, I’m glad the other readers responded. Ton started his day with some musings on his bookmark-strategy (yes, that is a thing for people like us) that resonated some of the talks we had last week. Peter responded with his strategy on how to save bookmarks.

I have been bookmarking on my (second) site for a while now. In the past I used Diigo, but I would save everything without much thought. I feel posting on my site has made me more conscious of what I save and share. I have progressively extended this too incorporating the various post kinds. I look forward to seeing where your bookmarking takes you.
Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #171 by Ian O’Byrne (W. Ian O’Byrne)

I’m currently reading Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci. It’s a fascinating read that is making me question a lot of my thinking about these digital, social spaces.

I too have started reading Twitter and Tear Gas. I too am being challenged by it. I somehow thought that it wouldn’t be applicable in the field of EdTech. What it has me thinking is that in ‘networked publics’ there is not imaginary line where EdTech (whatever that actually means) starts and stops.

Thank you too for the shoutout. It definitely has sparked some interesting conversation. I read a post today about mindfulness apps, yet it overlooked the collection of data associated with the completion of various. We are asked to be conscious of our breathing, yet ignore the data that we share on a daily basis.

Replied to Meditation in the Time of Disruption by an author (The Ringer)

Using Insight Timer, which greets you with a large map charting everyone currently meditating on the app (as well as a tally of how many people have meditated today and a ticker of how many are meditating at that very moment), it can be impossible to feel alone. The first few times I use it, it reminds me of wandering into a good used bookstore: You’ll probably find what you want eventually, but you’re going to get lost in some weird stuff along the way.

Is it just me or does the combination of mindfulness and platform capitalism seem slightly ironic? I respect the lofty aspirations to develop:

A platform to give meditation away for free to everyone on the planet.

However, if this is built on the back of angel funding, then there is clearly some windfall at play? When the developer starts analysing the data:

In the course of charting user data and trying to discern exactly what Insight Timer actually is, Plowman has noticed that “People who come in with preferences set to secular and highly scientific teachings start to meander.”

It provides insight into the benefit that such a platform could gain, especially when combined with other data points.

Liked Running against Tony Abbott in Warringah by an author (The Saturday Paper)

I’m not considering running for office because I have always dreamed of being an MP – although I don’t deny it would be interesting. I am thinking about it because I see it as a civic duty. I was brought up by parents who had lived in Manchester and London through World War II. They were adolescents at the time and have vivid and disturbing memories of the Blitz and of the revelations about Nazi death camps in the immediate aftermath of the war. It affected them profoundly. They brought me up to believe that bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing.