Liked The Government Protects Our Food and Cars. Why Not Our Data? (

Now some consumer groups and members of Congress are calling for a sweeping data protection law, along with a dedicated federal regulator to enforce it. The idea is to provide Americans with the same level of safeguards for apps as they have for appliances.

Replied to Are You Thinking About Quitting Your Doctoral Program? Please Read This First – Etale – Mission-Minded Innovation

If you are in a doctoral program, or you are considering one, I offer the following ideas for your consideration

Bernard, this was a great reflection. I have long wondered about doing doing a PhD. You raise some useful considerations, especially in regards to lifelong calling and danger of commodification. I remember having a conversation with someone once about why and they suggested that it teaches you how to go deep. Your discussion has made that so much clearer.
Liked Opinion | I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. by an author (

So, you might ask, what’s my problem? Why not just let superhero films and other franchise films be? The reason is simple. In many places around this country and around the world, franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in film exhibition, and there are fewer independent theaters than ever. The equation has flipped and streaming has become the primary delivery system. Still, I don’t know a single filmmaker who doesn’t want to design films for the big screen, to be projected before audiences in theaters.

Bookmarked Philip Glass Is Too Busy to Care About Legacy (

“I won’t be around for all that,” the 82-year-old master of musical Minimalism said. “It doesn’t matter.”

In light of the performance of Akhnaten at the Lincoln Centre, Zachary Woolfe discusses Philip Glass’ career and legacy:

When it comes to talk of his legacy, and whether these prominent performances mean anything in terms of his acceptance into the canon, however that’s defined, he demurs.

“I’m pragmatic,” Mr. Glass said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in 10 years. We don’t even get to know what’s going to happen after someone dies. We need to wait until everyone who knew them is dead, too.”

This pieces is very much an extension on some of the discussions in Philip Glass’ memoir Words Without Music. I espcially liked the closing remark in regards to critics:

You don’t defeat your enemies, you just wait until they die.

Austin Klein and Jason Kottke have already reflected on this question of legacy.

Replied to Digital Downsizing (part two) (

What did I get in return for my one-hour investment? I reduced email spam from roughly sixty daily messages to two. I see very few pop-up ads, and my browser searches are more neutral. I have confidence that most of my web activity isn’t being tracked, although that’s difficult to fully quantify.

Another great reflection Bob on the importance of reviewing our settings regularly. Another interesting post you might want to check out is Doug Belshaw’s discussion of our digital estate.
Replied to Digikids and the quandry of the declining literacy levels (a macgirl in a pc world)

I have no intention to get into a ‘phonics vs …’ debate because I don’t understand why it has to be phonics vs anything. Why can’t it be phonics + other things? Reading is a complex act that involves not only working out what the squiggles on a page say but also what they mean directly and through implication. Phonics definitely has an important role to play but I’ve also experienced students who arrive in Grade 5 believing they are star readers because they can decode every word of complex text yet can’t tell you a single thing about what they’ve read. I’m also dubious of any method being suggested that involves a whole class of students sitting in front of a teacher repeating sounds over and over with no consideration of what they already know. Where I’ve seen direct phonics instruction be particularly effective it was with small groups of students where sounds and the required practise could be targeted to their needs and gaps.

Gill, I really enjoyed your summary of Four Corner’s Digi Kids. Like you, my first thoughts were that it lacked any sense of thread. However, maybe this assemblage of people, perspectives and practices captured some of the contributing factors that influence literacy development. However, it felt like one of those summaries of a PhD thesis that strips out much of the nuance, even if everything just seemed obvious to Dan Tehan.

Your point about going beyond the phonics debate is important. One of the best things that I have been a part of is disciplined collaboration. Although the intent was to improve aspects of literacy, the prime focus was to work collaboratively to identify strategies for the context at hand. I sometimes feel that those who jump to THE solution, whichever it maybe, are unwilling to allocate the time and resources to build the capacity of those in the classroom.

In regards to your closing question:

Are literacy levels actually dropping or is what being literate looks like changing in our modern, digital world?

I am reminded of something that Clive Thompson said in Smarter Than You Think:

Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college. This is something that’s particularly hard to grasp for professionals whose jobs require incessant writing, like academics, journalists, lawyers, or marketers. For them, the act of writing and hashing out your ideas seems commonplace. But until the late 1990s, this simply wasn’t true of the average nonliterary person. The one exception was the white-collar workplace, where jobs in the twentieth century increasingly required more memo and report writing. But personal expression outside the workplace—in the curious genres and epic volume we now see routinely online—was exceedingly rare. For the average person there were few vehicles for publication.

What about the glorious age of letter writing? The reality doesn’t match our fond nostalgia for it. Research suggests that even in the United Kingdom’s peak letter-writing years—the late nineteenth century, before the telephone became common—the average citizen received barely one letter every two weeks, and that’s even if we generously include a lot of distinctly unliterary business missives of the “hey, you owe us money” type. (Even the ultraliterate elites weren’t pouring out epistles. They received on average two letters per week.) In the United States, the writing of letters greatly expanded after 1845, when the postal service began slashing its rates on personal letters and an increasingly mobile population needed to communicate across distances. Cheap mail was a powerful new mode of expression—though as with online writing, it was unevenly distributed, with probably only a minority of the public taking part fully, including some city dwellers who’d write and receive mail every day. But taken in aggregate, the amount of writing was remarkably small by today’s standards. As the historian David Henkin notes in The Postal Age , the per capita volume of letters in the United States in 1860 was only 5.15 per year. “That was a huge change at the time—it was important,” Henkin tells me. “But today it’s the exceptional person who doesn’t write five messages a day. I think a hundred years from now scholars will be swimming in a bewildering excess of life writing.”

Replied to Hypergraphia: The Neurological Condition Behind Excessive Writing (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

What makes someone obsessively journal every moment of their life? In some cases, it might actually be hypergraphia, a condition tied to a neurological trait.

Ernie, this was fascinating and has me thinking about my own practices to organise the web or world. I always thought that it was a ‘blogging’ thing, but as I reflect upon my time in university, I worked as a cleaner. Working alone, I would often come home with scraps of paper on which I had written down quick thoughts.

I really like how J. Hillis Miller captured this. he argued that we have an obligation to write. He suggested that reading and teaching are completed by writing, that it is a core element to our transaction with language. As he stated:

As we read we compose, without thinking about it, a kind of running commentary or marginal jotting that adds more words to the words on the page. There is always already writing as the accompaniment to reading.

Bookmarked Why Teams Fail (Leadership Freak)

#2. Failure to deal constructively with frustration, disappointment, and conflict.

Relationships always deteriorate until we learn how to navigate and resolve dark emotions.

Destructive strategies include clamming-up, blowing up, or withdrawing.

Teamwork always degenerates when unresolved issues percolate.

Dan Rockwell provides a series of reasons why teams fail. For me, failure to deal with frustrations stood out the most.
Replied to 🎧 Tom Woodward | Gettin’ Air with Terry Green | voicEd (BoffoSocko)

Join Terry Greene as he and his guests get some air time to discuss technology-enabled and open learning practices in Ontario Post-Secondary Education.

Chris, you might also like going back to an interview with Tom prior to Domains17:

Otherwise, completely agree with going back into Tom’s archives. So many great thoughts and ideas scattered in there.

Replied to Podcast discovery, Huffduffer, and listen feeds (BoffoSocko)

Do you have a listen feed I could subscribe to? Perhaps a Huffduffer account I should follow? How do you discover audio content online? 

That is a really good point about Huffduffer Chris, I had not really thought of that aspect. Personally speaking, I like the serendipity of the collection feed, even if somebody has not listened or liked a particular podcast.

I completely agree about the micropub point. I currently use Podcast Addict on Android to listen. Although it has a lot of functions I find useful, I get rather frustrated with workflow for creating listen posts. I am wondering if you have a particular workflow?

Replied to An Online Student Dashboard by gregmiller68

Any student online dashboard will need to be far more interactive than a semester report. It will need to provide more information and be far more more readily available, more often. However, 24/7 access will not be something that St Luke’s will provide. The last thing any child needs is a parent or teacher hovering over them for incremental steps that may take days or weeks to notice and record.

This sounds really interesting Greg. I really like your point about being both interactive, but also managed in regards to when information is available. My question with a dashboard is always what data? How is it structured? Is there any possibility it could be misinterpreted?

I also wonder how this fits with the idea of digital portfolios and student voice? Is it a case of who controls the data controls the learning?


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Linda, your point about rigor reminds me of the recent piece by @LydiaDenworth on the need for more nuance and research
Liked a post by Ryan BarrettRyan Barrett

Shh, don’t tell, I’m afraid some low level product manager at Twitter will discover this and “fix” lists like they “fixed” the home timeline a while back.

I have been following a list for a while in my reader and wondered about the purpose of ‘following’ other than some sort of hat tip. This reminds me of Anil Dash’s effort to start from scratch, but different.