Replied to The Essentials of Great PD: How Educators Are Reimagining Professional Learning by an author

Teachers are increasingly turning to online networks to find inspiration and form relationships that build community outside of their school sites. Self-directed social PD is available to teachers when they need it and have time to really invest in their learning. Think of a VLC as a virtual cafe where people congregate and float out their ideas. Those ideas are discussed, refined and then implemented from classroom to classroom in a way that conventional PD is not able to achieve. What social media platforms have taught us is that the learning that works for teachers is more fluid and unstructured.

Interesting read Holly. I am always intrigued by models of professional development. You might be interested in checking out Ian Guest’s research on this topic. His thesis was also recently published.
Bookmarked Momo Is Not Trying to Kill Children (The Atlantic)

Like eating Tide Pods and snorting condoms, the Momo challenge is a viral hoax.

Taylor Lorenz explains that the ‘MOMO challenge’ is another hoax built around fear and hysteria. The real issue is that the internet is changing the world of young people with much of this out of our control. In part, this is something Julian Stodd touches upon in his discussion of the algorithmic wars.

As ever, our challenge is this, and it’s a challenge we must face up to in the middle of this war: technology will take us into places that we are ill equipped to deal with. But our ability to deal with it cannot be framed in the old understanding of knowledge, decision making, and power. It’s a new type of challenge that is faced in a new kind of space. And it will require new types of thinking to ensure that, on balance, the change takes us into a new type of space that we can comfortably inhabit. Primary interpretations of the current swathes of change according to know and well understood frameworks may be dangerous: it may comfort us to think of small groups of elite enemy agents undermining our democracy, but this is but one facet of change

Some other read on digital control is Alexandria Samuel’s discussion of parenting styles, Cory Doctorow’s reports on griefers and Alex Hern’s news about YouTube comments and paedophilia.


All of these challenges and trends follow the same formula: A local news station runs a piece overstating a dangerous teen trend. Concerned parents flock to social media to spread the word. Actual teenagers and anyone else who lives their life Extremely Online mock them for their naïveté. Brands and influencers hop on the trend, parodying it and exploiting it for their own gain. And trolls take advantage of those who believe it’s real, often by creating and posting content that seemingly confirms parents’ worst fears. SNL brilliantly parodied this cycle in 2010. Since then, it has only gotten worse.

The problem is, these stories are only ever a distraction. They offer false reassurance and an easy fix to the wrong problem. If you can protect your child from the Momo challenge, the thinking goes, you can protect them from bad things on the internet. Unfortunately, maintaining kids’ safety online is a much more complicated and delicate task. “This whole ‘Momo is making kids commit suicide’ is a digital version of playing Beatles records backwards to hear Satanic messages,” says Ben Collins, a journalist who covers misinformation. “It does a real disservice to all the harmful stuff targeting children and teens on YouTube.”

What many parents miss is that the platforms themselves often perpetuate harm. Their automated moderation systems fail to flag inappropriate content. Their skewed content-recommendation algorithms promote extremist beliefs. They don’t protect kids against cyberbullying from peers, they milk kids under the age of 13 for money and engagement, and they promote truly gruesome content.

Bookmarked The 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time (Pitchfork)

From Eraserhead to Batman, Under the Skin to Blue Velvet, these are the greatest original compositions for film

This is an interesting list of scores. Personally, my favourite score is The Piano by Michael Nyman. Obviously didn’t make the cut. Pitchfork also compiled a top 50 soundtracks too.
Bookmarked Workplace OS History: IBM’s $2 Billion Microkernel of Failure (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

How IBM bet big on the microkernel being the next big thing in operating systems back in the ’90s—and spent billions with little to show for it.

Another interesting piece of technology history that has been simply incorporated into ever present.
Bookmarked Future of Learning Platforms – Phil Komarny – Medium (Medium)

First let’s acknowledge that the future is already here.

Phil Komarny provides an interesting take on ‘BYOD‘:

BYOD 2.0 — version one of BYOD stood for Bring Your Own Device. In the 4th Industrial Revolution, the D will not stand for devices, it will stand for Data. The promise of distributed ledger technology has provided a way to deliver the learner a valid and trusted representation of their knowledge and understanding. This information that is currently housed in information systems with a registrar as the intermediary validating the credential is released to the learner to power their future in this global knowledge economy. This creates 1/2 of what I’m calling the Digital Rosetta Stone, one that will translate the wants and needs of industry to academia. Insuring that we have the necessary talent to power our futures.

This reminds me in part of Jim Groom’s discussion of Next Generation Digital Learning Environments:

In a worst case scenario, the NGDLE offers a way for institutions to more easily extract and share their learning community’s personal data with a wide range of sources, something that should deeply disturb us in the post-Snowden era. But the real kicker is, how do we get anyone to not only acknowledge this process of extraction and monetization (because I think folks have), but to actually feel empowered enough to even care.

I think that this is where IndieWeb and Domain of One’s Own is significant.

Replied to An Office Designed for Workers With Autism (

What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them?

Makes me wonder about the ways students are supported with such things in school? Although Auticon covers the workplace, I wonder what an ‘end-to-end’ solution may look like that celebrates strengths all the way through.
Replied to Why This? Why Now? Why Bother? The PLC Edition. by an author (The Tempered Radicals)

The people drawn to teaching are deeply creative and reflective by nature. The work of high-functioning teams feeds those traits and will leave you professionally jazzed in a way that teaching alone could never do.

This is a useful provocation Bill. I look forward to reading the rest of your series.
Listened Radio #EDUtalk 27-02-19 PressED WordPress and Education twitter conference

download: Radio #EDUtalk 27-02-19 PressED WordPress and Education twitter conference
Pat Lockley talking  about PressEd the conference about WordPress run completely on twitter.
PressEd uncovers many aspects of the use of WordPress in all areas of education.
We discussed some of the aspects and fea…

Listened Episode 116: A Climate of Safety

Doug Belshaw and Dai Barnes discuss the development of social credit in China. Barnes shares how he got his students to think about this by creating their own social credit for the school space that steps away from teachers dealing with discipline and detentions. This reminds me of Google’s thought experiment associated with the human ledger.
Replied to The impact of conformity in education by dave dave

Social media is not a thing that needs to be fixed. People connecting with people is a thing. Jerks are a thing. Jerks are not a digital problem. Jerks are a real-world problem that has been around for a long time. We need to get past the digital and fix our real-world jerk problem. And, as we go along, we have to think about how our systems help create those jerks.

Really interesting post Dave. I have been thinking a lot about Twitter lately. Like Stewart Riddle, I have concerns about you describe as the ‘rise of the jerks’. Yet, as you touch upon, there are still good people able to connect on Twitter. For some the answer is owning your own domain, while for others it is decentralised networks. However, Ian Guest challenged me with three questions:

  1. What would happen (for you) if Twitter’s ‘fail whale’ reappeared tomorrow and suddenly Twitter was gone?
  2. What if you deactivated your original account and started afresh? Knowing what you know and bearing in mind what you wrote in this post, how would you do things differently, if at all? Is ‘making Twitter great again’ within your capacity?
  3. If Twitter is broken beyond repair and neither Mastodon nor quite cut it, if you had the wherewithall, what would you design as a replacement? What would it need to have or be able to do?

Along with your focus on working with people and problems, you have left me wondering what next. I wonder if post-digital is a time of ‘informed consent‘? Or maybe George Seimens suggests it is about ‘being’ skills?? Or maybe the ‘answer’ is having this conversation in the first place? Surely it is only through conversation that we are able to throw off the yoke of digital dogma? I feel that this is what Douglas Rushkoff’s book Team Human attempts.

Liked The Mike Willesee question that turned the ‘unlosable election’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (ABC)

Willesee: “If I buy a birthday cake from a cake shop and GST is in place, do I pay more or less for that birthday cake?”

Hewson: “…If it is a cake shop, a cake from a cake shop that has sales tax, and it’s decorated and has candles as you say, that attracts sales tax, then of course we scrap the sales tax, before the GST is…”

Willesee: “OK — it’s just an example. If the answer to a birthday cake is so complex — you do have a problem with the overall GST?”