Bookmarked History Disappeared When Myspace Lost 12 Years of Music, and It Will Happen Again (Pitchfork)

Welcome to the digital dark age.

Damon Krukowski reflects on the recent revelation that MySpace lost 12 years worth of music. He discusses the challenges associated with archiving in general. This reminds me of Celia Coffa’s keynote at Digicon15 Digital Stories and Future Memories.
Bookmarked Adobe Antitrust Concerns: Is the Photoshop-Maker Too Big? by an author (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

I really like Adobe as a company, but I think their suite has become so costly and unavoidable for the average creative consumer that they need to be a little bit smaller, so as to allow smaller players to compete without feeling like they have to go up against an impossible behemoth to even make a dent. Maybe Adobe fans won’t like to hear this, but I swear my case here is for the creative community’s best interests.

Ernie Smith explains why Adobe’s role at the center of the creative ecosystem should be of concern. The issue is that there is no longer any space for competition and innovation in this space. We often speak about Google and Facebook in regards to platform monopolies, but Adobe’s move to create and manage the marketing process is worrying.

Adobe is increasingly not only trying to run the software that can create your flyer or logo or commercial, but it’s trying to own the whole marketing process, too, soup to nuts. Some companies might love that sort of integration, and it’s a big reason why Adobe is making all these aggressive acquisitions. But a single company with that much power over a single field is worrying.

Bookmarked Introducing a New Rule Action: Webhooks by Inoreader

Inoreader is all about giving power to the power users. And our most powerful feature just got a nice upgrade. You can now set an external Webhook to be triggered whenever a rule matches an article, which will practically create an instant notification to an endpoint defined by you. But what exactly…

I really should do more with Inoreader. Also interested in reading about Integromat. Another alternative to IFTTT and Zapier.

via Frank Meeuwsen

Replied to Quickly finding Hypothesis annotations on websites (BoffoSocko)

It’s not exactly an implementation of Webmention, but I was interested to find that there’s a tool from that will show you (all?) the annotations (and replies) on your website.

Thank you Chris for the reminder of this. I am pretty sure I have tinkered with it before, but now I have added a link in the menu of my site.

I really want to use Hypothesis more, but until there is an easier workflow I am just going to persist with my mishmash of Diigo and collecting on own site.

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Our online book club has chosen its next nonfiction reading.  After an energetic round of voting, the winner is… Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Fut…

I feel like I am interested in everyone of Bryan Alexander’s reading bookclubs, I just never manage to find the time required. I really want to read Zuboff’s book, but am wary of the length and rigour. Guess I will see …
Liked The Social Learning Guidebook: A Free Resource (Julian Stodd’s Learning Blog)

You can download my new Guidebook on Social Learning here. It’s intended to form a concise, practical, guide for practitioners who are trying to transform learning, through more social and collaborative approaches. It builds upon work i’ve shared previously, both in long form books (‘Julian Stodd’s Learning Methodology’, ‘Welcome to the world of Social Learning’, ‘Learning Technology’, and so on), as well as numerous articles on the blog (including this is key ‘Introduction to Scaffolded Social Learning‘).

Liked On Facing Hate (Reflecting Allowed)

I empathize with the Muslims who died in New Zealand both as Muslim who used to live as a religious minority in a Christian country and as Muslim in a Muslim majority country where extremists threaten other religious minorities.

So what do we do? As educators, as citizens, as parents, I believe strongly in promoting empathy, resisting “othering” and promoting a contextual, historical and intersectional understanding of social justice, and this can be an approach to digital citizenship, as I wrote a few years ago. And we need to “know the other” and keep expanding and deepening those ties and bridges.

Replied to Should I Use Seesaw Or A WordPress Blog In The Classroom? Pros And Cons Of Digital Portfolio Tools

This post will help you evaluate whether Seesaw is something that’s worth using in your classroom. Or, if blogging with WordPress is a better option to replace or complement Seesaw.

Thank you Kathleen for breaking down the differences and similarities between Seesaw and Edublogs (and blogs). Reading your discussion of ‘dumping’ evidence verses crafting a presence, made me think of my own practice of collecting posts (such as this) versus crafting longer responses.

Some of the further thoughts I had about the differences were around:

  • Parental Engagement: Once set up, Seesaw is easy to engage with either via desktop or mobile. It often feels as if blogs involve more effort.
  • Platform verses Process: I wonder if a focus on Seesaw versus Edublogs overlooks the question of process? I know you touch upon digital presence This was something I tried to grapple with recently in a presentation on using GSuite to support ongoing reporting.
  • Transfer-ability: The one thing that I love about WordPress and Edublogs is that I can easily take my data and load it somewhere else. I am yet to work out what I would do with all the artefacts I collect in Seesaw.

In the end I think that the biggest question that people need to consider is what is trying to be achieved and which tool will help this.

Bookmarked Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code (The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss)
In light on Clive Thompson’s new book, he reflects on the ten lessons associated with learning to code:

  1. The online world is your friend. Start there.
  2. Don’t stress over what language to pick.
  3. Code every day.
  4. Automate your life.
  5. Prepare for constant, grinding frustration.
  6. Build things. Build lots of things.
  7. “View Source”: Take other people’s code, pick it apart, and reuse it.
  8. Build things for you—code you need and want.
  9. Learn how to learn.
  10. Reach out to other coders.

Two points that stood out to me from Thompson’s was coding every day and doing so with purpose. I have been doing quite a bit with Google Sheets lately. I find myself needing to relearn things after leaving things for a few weeks. Repetition is important.

I was also reminded of Richard Olsen’s post on why coding is the vanguard for modern learning.

Bookmarked How to quit Facebook without quitting Facebook (Vox)

Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing makes the case for keeping your Facebook account, staying on Twitter, checking your email, but doing it all differently, and “not as asked.” (And not as self-help.)

Kaitlyn Tiffany interviews Jenny Odell about her book How to Do Nothing. Rather than leaving social media, Odell encourages us to be more aware. This is similar to what I was trying to capture in my post on being ‘informed’. Odell also discusses the idea of ‘social media’ as a public utility that does not depend upon cashing in on our attention. I just wonder if a state-based solution leads to what China has in place? Maybe the alternative is a decentralized solution? I am not sure.


For my purposes, the attention economy is as simple as the buying and selling of attention. There’s the micro, literal version of that, which is “engagement,” a measure of how much time someone spends in an app and how much they engage with it. But I think a broader definition of the attention economy is kind of like — as I personally experience it — I exist in space with a heightened anxiety and sensitivity all the time, even when I’m not literally engaging with any of these apps. And that then contributes to the way I am using them and how often I’m using them.

Do anything that can help you stand outside of yourself. And see what you’re doing. I feel like that’s common knowledge in therapy and a lot of addiction therapy, right? Seeing what you’re doing is the first step. It’s this process that detaches you a little bit. It’s from that perspective that you’re able to remember what is actually important to you. Or realize that you don’t know what’s important to you, which is an important thing to know about, if that’s true. But otherwise, you’re stuck in this tiny loop, and getting out of it, even if it’s really brief, that’s still way better than nothing, I think. Realizing that life goes on, away from this stuff.

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Opps, forgot to pre-order, but just purchased it if that helps 🤷‍♂️
Enjoyed the extracts so far so excited to read the full book.
Liked The problem with using scientific evidence in education (why teachers should stop trying to be more like doctors) (EduResearch Matters)

While medical-style guidelines may seem to have come from God, such guidelines, even in medicine are often multiple and contradictory. The “cookbook” teacher will always be chasing the latest guideline, disempowered by top-down interference in the classroom.

In medicine, over five years, fifty percent of guideline recommendations are overturned by new evidence. A comparable situation in education would create unimaginable turmoil for teachers.

A summary of a paper ‘A broken paradigm? What education needs to learn from evidence-based medicine’ by Lucinda McKnight and Andy Morgan
Liked We Might Be Reaching ‘Peak Indifference’ on Climate Change (WIRED)

The current political moment is incredibly interesting. Anyone who wants to deal with climate change may have only a brief window to sell the public on a plan. In his new book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, the writer David Wallace-­Wells talks about the value of panic to pushing collective action; Doctorow says it’s the point “where you divert your energy from convincing people there’s a problem to convincing them there’s a solution.”

Replied to Experimenting with Social Reading | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog by an author (Langwitches)

I am challenging you to experiment on your own around social reading. Take a book, such as A Guide to Document Learning and connect to other readers and to Janet Hale and me, as the authors. Be aware of your reading experience. What works? What does not? What are you having difficulty with? What are your social reading skills and fluency?

I find the idea of ‘social’ reading really interesting Silvia. It has long been a driver for me, sharing summaries and responses. In the past I did this on Twitter, but have since moved such interactions to my commonplace blog.

Something I am interested in investigating further is Kevin Hodgson and Ian O’Byrne are great proponenets of this.

Also on: Read Write Collect

Liked How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic (The Atlantic)

Part of why both kids and parents love The Very Hungry Caterpillar is because it’s an educational book that doesn’t feel like a capital-E Educational book. Traditionally, children’s literature is a didactic genre: “It teaches something,” Martin says, “but the best children’s books teach without kids knowing that they’re learning something.” In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, she adds, “you learn the days of the week. You learn colors. You learn the fruits. You learn junk-food names. In the end, you learn a little bit about nutrition, too: If you eat a whole bunch of junk food, you’re not going to feel that great.” Yet, crucially, none of the valuable information being presented ever feels “in your face,” Martin says.

Replied to Four hours Saturday morning, four hours Sunday morning, all unpaid work… (Bianca Hewes)

I’m not trying to make any profound or novel point about teacher workloads with this post – Gabbie Stroud started that with her Guardian article – I just needed to share where I’m at right now. I’m looking forward to a time when I’m not forced to choose between cleaning my house, hanging out with my sons and husband or helping my students. It’s a horrible choice that just foments resentment.

One of the challenges that I find is that many seem to be adding assessment for as well as maintaining the the same amount of assessment of. Tom Barrett talks about innovation compression. At some point something breaks.