Watched Team Human: The TED Talk is posted – Rushkoff from Rushkoff

I got to do a real TED talk and they just posted it. Check out the Team Human manifesto, presented in ten minutes!   Want more? Catch up on over 100 episodes of the Team Human Podcast at And order  the new book, Team Human here.

Replied to An Indieweb Podcast Episode 12 – Gutenberg by an authoran author ( )

In the latest episode of An Indieweb Podcast, Chris Aldrich joined me for a late night(for me at least) discussion of Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, and the usual project talk. I felt I was a bit off due the lateness of the hour, but I still enjoyed the conversation.

Another great podcast with yourself and Chris. I am slowly understanding post kinds and how the plugin works. Is the recording of the data outside of the post the reason that the information does not show up within the site search? I have a tendency to include quotes in the quote/summary box, but have trouble surfacing these after the fact. My habit with Diigo was to search quotes and posts. I am guessing the answer might be to include these quotes within the body of the text?
Bookmarked Blogging and me by Ana R (Oh Hello Ana – Blog)

In the last month or so I gave three talks about blogs and me: one lightening talk at ViewSource, one at TODO London and another one at ReactJSGirls. Although I had applied for them at different times, they all happened close to each other and with IndieWebCamp, FFConf, organising a career panel and a work deadline in between it is fair to say that I had a busy November so only now I’ve had time to convert my talk into a blog post.

Note: This post will be a mixture of all three talks. They were all sightly different from each other but the core message is the same.

Ana R reflects on the trials and tribulations associated with blogging. She discusses her early experiences associated with following various interests and marrying this with a perceived professional image. She also touches on the differences between blogging and social media. It is another useful post to help appreciate the way in which blogs develop over time.


But obviously, as my timeline shows, something went wrong in 2012 and the answer to that is unfortunately easy. In 2012 I got my very first job in tech and everything stopped being fun. At that point I deleted everything and my interest in blogging a new chapter of my life died too. I felt like I was the only junior developer in the world. And I was very junior. I didn’t come from a computer science course and all I knew, I learned by myself. I remember the laughs and the mean responses when someone asked my background and I said “I learned by myself from doing X”.

“Share what you learn. And the best time to share is while you’re learning it. (You’ll have a voice in your head saying ‘Everyone knows this already’… Ignore that voice.)”

As far as I’m concerned having an HTML that only has links to other HTML pages counts as a lot to me. Whatever you choose as a blogging platform is right because it is the right one for you and in this process, only you matter.

Not knowing if people visit my blog allows me to feel free to be myself without censorship.

I believe you should blog because you want to, not because you think you must. And yes, while you do it some great consequences can come out of it (like the tweet above points out). Blogging can: Solidify what you’ve learned; Give you a voice; Empower you; Bonus: Searchable; Memories that you own and are in control of;

Liked Why a bad algorithm is like a bad magic trick by Duncan Stephen (Duncan Stephen)

This is how crude algorithms like Facebook’s work. They tot up simplistic metrics such as likes. But for those who simply scroll past, are indifferent to, or actively dislike an item, Facebook records much less about what you think.

If 1 in 52 people like an item, Facebook knows that someone liked it. But it has little information about what the other 51 felt, if they felt anything.

Bookmarked Opinion | Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It? (

Listening to a book club selection is not cheating. It’s not even cheating to listen while you’re at your child’s soccer game (at least not as far as the book is concerned). You’ll just get different things out of the experience. And different books invite different ways that you want to read them: As the audio format grows more popular, authors are writing more works specifically meant to be heard.

Daniel Willingham discusses the differences between reading and listening to texts. He touches on the affordances of each arguing that they are best suited to different purposes, and neither is superior.
Replied to What am I? (Digital – Learning – Culture)

A couple of months ago I joined a running club and discovered two things: Running is quite hard I can’t explain my job to anyone at the running club This forced me to ask ‘what am I?’

I can totally relate to your point about struggling to tell your story. I too struggle with this. I work on a technology project that has struggled with its own identity which only adds to my own conundrum. I think that you capture some of that problem with your discussion of the place of technology. For some the project I am a part of is about improving efficiency, while for others it is about transformation. In addition to the reality that my role and responsibility seems to continually morph and change, I still don’t know what being a ‘Subject Matter Expert’ actually means.

Also on: Read Write Collect

Bookmarked Learning lessons from data controversies by an author

By learning lessons from past controversies with data in education, and anticipating the controversies to come, we can ensure we have good answers to these hard questions. We can also ensure that good, ethical data practices are built in to educational technologies, hopefully preventing problems before they become full-blown public data controversies.

In a talk delivered at OEB2018 in Berlin on 7 December 2018, Ben Williamson discusses a number of topics associated with the use of big data in education:

  • Software can’t ‘solve’ educational ‘problems’
  • Global edtech influence raises public concern
  • Data leaks break public trust
  • Algorithmic mistakes & encoded politics cause social consequences
  • Transparency, not algorithmic opacity, is key to building trust with users
  • Psychological surveillance raises fears of emotional manipulation
  • ‘Reading the brain’ poses risks to human rights
  • Genetic datafication could lead to dangerous ‘Eugenics2.0’

This is a good introduction to Williamson’s book on the same topic, which unpacks these issues in more detail. Along with Audrey Watters year in review, these posts provide a useful snapshot of educational technology in 2018. You can also watch the talk.

Bookmarked The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2018) by Audrey Watters (Hack Education)

This is the ninth year that I’ve reviewed the stories we’re being told about education technology. Typically, this has been a ten (or more) part series. But I just can’t do it any more. Some people think it’s hilarious that I’m ed-tech’s Cassandra, but it’s not funny at all. It’s depressing, and it’s painful. And no one listens.

Audrey summaries the stories that we were told about technology in 2018. She touches on the #MeToo, the revolt by US public school teachers, increase of hate speech, the spread of misinformation by technology giants and the rise in school security. Watters also highlights the fact that many of these stories are far from new.
Replied to I Have Time for You. by Andrea Stringer ( )

Your actions should be authentic and your interest should be genuine. Surround yourself with people who are supportive, not sycophantic. Invest in your friendships but be cautiously selective, as it is a two-way street.

I have found myself writing letters personally thinking colleagues who have left this year. However, you really have me wonder whether that is in fact too late?

Here I am reminded of Matt Esterman’s challenge
( in receiving the Dr Brock Award:

“We all stand on the shoulder of giants, even when they’re seated. Even when they’re no longer with us.

I challenge you in the next week to identify someone who has had a positive influence on you, who has coached you, mentored you, challenged you, scared you, into being a better version of you. Find them. Thank them.”

I wonder what it is that holds us back? Is it fear? Career progression? Has me thinking, but maybe I’ll just start by saying thank you.

Replied to Digital Citizenship: Where Are We Now? by an author ( )

Let me share a few ideas about how we might think about digital citizenship moving forward.

Continue to think of it as citizenship and not digital.
Spend time reflecting on what it means to be a good citizen.
Cite examples of positive and negative use of technology and social media
Get very comfortable with the nuances and reserve judgment. Let kids decide what and if social media has value and where its problematic
Talk about mental health and technology
Explore the research on the brain and stress
Engage in experiments of restraints and disconnection
Include the adults. This is not exclusively an issue for kids but an issue for everyone
Think carefully about any policies you enact
Don’t make it punitive. Even if you conclude you think mobile phones are a distraction, focus on the benefits for students. Allow them to recognize it as a distraction. This isn’t about control but it should be about informed choices.
Be okay with teachers having different policies. Not every discipline warrants the use of technology. If a teacher doesn’t see value, don’t force them to use it. Conversely if a teacher does see value don’t restrict them.

I find it a difficult conversation to flip from talking about the constructive use of technology to being more critical. I feel that the first challenge is being informed, while the next step is to develop better habits.

In regards to your balanced approach you maybe interested in Ian Guest’s work exploring Twitter to support professional development. It provides some novel insights and questions.

Knowing that you don’t read my blog, in am intrigued what your collection of ideas looks like in a world without social media? Maybe that is a good place to start?

Liked Open APIs and the Facebook Trash Fire by Ben WerdmüllerBen Werdmüller

What information is Facebook sharing with Palantir, or the security services? To what extent are undeclared data-sharing relationships used to deport people, or to identify individuals who should be closely monitored? Is it used to identify subversives? And beyond the effects of data sharing, given what we know about the chilling effects surveillance has on democracy, what effect on democratic discourse has the omnipresence of the social media feed already had – and to what extent is this intentional?

Liked 👓 I’ve now removed the titles in the RSS feed from posts in the micro category using the_title_rss | John Johnston by an authoran author

This seems like a cool potential way of doing all sorts of things in the IndieWeb space for WordPress. I’m curious what it looks like from other perspectives. I’ll have to think this through a bit…

In the end though, it still feels too much like individuals trying to solve problems that should be better handled by feed readers and the platforms.

Replied to (The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News (Hack Education)

Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this has fed the series of articles I have written each December, analyzing the stories we have been told about the future of education. This is the last Hack Education Weekly News of the year because next week I am publishing a very abbreviated review of 2018, and I won’t need to study in detail what happens each week anymore. I won’t write the series in 2019 either, so this is the very last Hack Education Weekly News. It’s time to make some changes to Hack Education and more importantly to my life.

I can not even begin to imagine how much time has been spent collating these newsletters over the years. I have tried to keep up with Google and that was hard enough.