Bookmarked HEWN, No. 273 by Audrey Watters (HEWN)
Pedagogies and environments (and the objects in these environments) are interconnected. Necessarily so. As we stumble towards the hottest global temperatures on record, perhaps we need to look up from our own “personalized” self-streams and think about global, sustainable gardens.
In part Watters’ reference Mike Caulfield’s notion of the garden and the stream. It is also interesting to consider it in light of the argument that space does not matter.
Bookmarked Elon Musk is building a 'kid-size submarine' to rescue Thai kids trapped in cave by Nicole Gallucci (Mashable)
What is there Musk cannot do? The myth continues.
Bookmarked i am sorry by Pernille Ripp (Pernille Ripp)
So it is time for me to step back a bit. To do less work publicly, to share less, to not be so immediately available.  To be just Pernille, the person who doesn’t have all of the answers necessarily.  That only creates something because she cannot help it. That gives all of her when she is in a public space, but then steps back when she is private.
Pernille Ripe reflects on life as a connected educator. She discusses the stress, anxieties and perceived responsibilities that come with being an educelebrity. Although we often talk about the technicalities associated with being (digitally) literate, what is sometimes overlooked are the social consequences. This is something that Austin Kleon also recently reflected upon.
Bookmarked AEU : Turnbull’s secret school curriculum changes leave teaching profession in the dark (
"Teachers were overwhelmed and their stress levels skyrocketed. Data about student outcomes is useful, but it should be kept in the classroom. It should not be about clicking thousands of boxes. Data needs to help us inform teaching decisions, not determine them." Correna Haythorpe
This is a reminder of the dependencies involved in the move to such things as ‘personalised Learning’. Whether it be clear progressions or concensus, much of these decisions undermine any notion of agency and again focus on ‘learnification‘.
Bookmarked Reclaiming RSS (Aral Balkan)
The more ways people have of consuming your content, the more resilient that content becomes and the more freedom people have.
I have written about RSS in the past, but I never knew about the meta tag to put into the header to support RSS discovery.

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Bookmarked Inquiry, noticing and the changing seasons… A tribute to the late Frank Ryan. by Kath Murdoch (Kath Murdoch)
The changing environment offers an incredible opportunity for inquiry. But why limit that inquiry into one stand alone unit when, in fact, the opportunity to learn about, notice, anticipate, observe and record change is available to us every single day? Inquiring into the environment is SO much better as an ongoing experience. And I am not just talking about a filling in a weather chart each day! On a regular basis, take your kids OUTSIDE to observe and record what they see, hear and smell. Take time to record, to photograph, to draw – and simply to BE in the outdoors. Have each child find their special spot - a place they will return to all year and document change. Find a window in your school through which to see the outside world. Watch the way the view out that window changes over the year. Draw it, write about it, capture it in a diary that will be used again next year to anticipate change
Kath Murdoch reflects on the potential of the environment associated with inquiry. She shares a number of activities to support people:

Connect with places around your school in which you and your children can spend time in more natural environments. Build a relationship with your local parks, waterways, beaches, gardens.

Go for walks. Walk slowly and learn to notice the small things. Nature is everywhere…even in the cracks of the footpath of the most urban street. Record what you see on your walks and take the same route each time to notice the subtle and more dramatic changes.

Create a timeline in the classroom that depicts what you are noticing each month about the environment around you. Include photos, sketches and observations on the timeline. What birds are in the school yard at different times of the year? Which plants are flowering? Where are the shadows falling in the school yard?

Encourage your kids to get to know nature in their neighbourhoods or back yards. Have them keep diaries or journals, take photographs and track the way that places change over a year.

Find out what kinds of plants there are in your school yard. Keep track of how they grow and change over time.

Start noticing the birds – what species are in the school grounds? Does it change over the year? Which birds are native? Introduced? What are their habits? Where do they prefer to hang out? Why?

Connect with kids in other parts of your country or even state. What is their experience of the environment at simultaneous times of the year?

Find out about the ways the indigenous people of your area identify seasonal change.
Talk to your kids about what YOU notice as the days pass over the year. Model what it means to be fascinated by and connected to your environment. Marvel aloud at the changing seasons.

This continues Diane Kashin’s conversation about place and my reflections on learning outside.

Bookmarked Hacking the ISTE18 Smart Badge, Part II by Doug Levin (
There are three points about the risks of what ISTE deployed at their conference to know: (1) the ‘smart badge’ is a really effective locator beacon, transmitting signals that are trivial to intercept and read, (2) you can’t turn it off, and (3) most people I spoke to had no idea how it worked. (I freaked out more than a few people by telling them what their badge number was by reading it from my phone. Most of those incidents ended up with ‘smart badges’ being removed and destroyed.)
Doug Levin reflects on the introduction of ‘smart badges’ at ISTE. Really just a Bluetooth tracking device that then allowed vendors (and anyone for that matter) to collect data on attendees. Levin hacked a badge to unpacking their use. He explains that with little effort they could be used by anybody to track somebody:

Downloading a free mobile app, as I did, an attacker could easily track a specific badge and be notified when it goes out of or comes into range. With little technical skill, an attacker could use it to approach someone outside of the convention center (at a bar or restaurant or tourist attraction) and by employing social engineering techniques attempt to gain their trust. I myself was able to identify that there were over a dozen ISTE conference participants on my train platform on Wednesday morning bound for Chicago O’Hare. When one ISTE participant entered my train car at a later stop, that was trivial to identify. While there were no other ISTE participants on my flight back to the DC area, I located two badges in the baggage claim area (likely packed in someone’s luggage or carry-on).

Audrey Watters suggests that, “ISTE has helped here to normalize surveillance as part of the ed-tech experience. She suggests that it is only time that this results in abuse. Mike Crowley wonders why in a post-GDPR world attendees are not asked for consent? If this is the future, then maybe Levin’s ‘must-have’ guide will be an important read for everyone.

Bookmarked Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out (
The Nine Inch Nails frontman on Facebook, Vietnam and Midwest “weirdo culture.”
Trent Reznor reflects on ‘speaking out’ and argues that there are some artists who are more concerned about protecting their culture.

You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot.

Personally, I do not think that every artist could be Trent Reznor or Donald Glover. However, what is forgotten is that everything is political.

I remember Jack Antonoff discussing his track ‘Let’s Get Married’ and how this was in part a response to the recent elections.

Bookmarked A Start-to-Finish Literature Review Workflow (Kimberly Hirsh)
I’ve been tweaking my literature review workflow for a while, but as I write up the current section and start planning the remaining sections, I’m finally feeling like I have a handle on things. Today I’m ready to share it with you, in hopes it will make your own writing go more smoothly.
Kimberly Hirsh provides her step-by-step guide to writing a literature review. Along with Ian O’Byrne’s process and Chris Aldrich’s discussion of Press Forward, these posts offer some useful tips to support academic writing.
Bookmarked Interviewing My Domain – Mind on Fire (
Having your own domain needs to spring from your own desires: as a way to talk back to the world; as a way to talk to yourself while allowing others to listen in; as a way to document your passage through this all-too-brief passage of light that is your life.
Sandy, I really like your point about understanding what you are doing. I often feel the same way too. The more I do, opening various doors, the more I realise I don’t know. I guess the reality is that the sky is the limit when it is a space of your own.

Thank you for sharing.