Replied to Detritus and Debris: Weeding My Social Networks (dogtrax.edublogs.org)
My criteria was: does I recognize this name, even remotely? Do I ever see or notice this person in my timeline? If not, the likely result was an unfollow. I haven’t yet made it to the bottom of my follower list, so more are likely to go.
Thank you Kevin for providing the impetus to weed my account. There is so much written about leaving Twitter and although I am not at that point, I have been feeling somewhat indifferent about it of late, so it was good to stop and reflect.

For so long I followed any educator who followed me. It just seemed right. But I have noted the consequence within spaces like Nuzzel. Although I have used lists in the past, but with my tendency to use Twitter on my phone, this can be tedious.

I went through and removed two thirds of follows. I basically kept those who I have had some conversation and connection with. I am not sure what difference this might make to how I use Twitter, especially with my dive into the #Indieweb. Time will tell.

Replied to Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Learning {Re}imagined – Medium by Graham Brown-Martin (Medium)
We are on the precipice of what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Artificial intelligence. Automation. Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self…
Graham, i understand that we are in a time of rapid change, but I am not sure how many times I can hear the case for new jobs? My concern is that new jobs implies that there are jobs today or in the past that have not changed, is that really true?

Take education, it can be so easy to make the case that education has not changed for X amount of years, but what does that actually mean? I believe that a teaches job changes every year on a number of levels — policy, classroom, values etc. To say that things do not change dumbs things down to some meaningless context. This is one of the problems with Hattie’s ignorance of outside influences (although this seems to have been covered by the new approaches to Visible Wellbeing and Visible Parenting). I would argue that if Papert were writing, thinking and educating today then his thinking might be different too? Do you agree? Teaching changes.

Let’s take this from a different perspective, say music. I remember watching Synth Britannia, a documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesizer from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. One of the things that stood out was the influence of technology (synthesizers) on the sound. It can be easy to listen to some of the music now and cringe at the lack of texture of these early synthesisers, but these artists were taking the tool to its extreme. However, this movement was as much a response to politics, to society, as it was to the tool. To do the supposed ‘same’ today would not be the same in my view. Even applying constraints to replicate the recording environment, this is always a choice which you can always escape. It was not back then. However, people still record, create, produce, play music. Has the job changed? What does it actually mean to be a musician or a producer?

Maybe I have missed something? Maybe I don’t get it. I am happy for a different perspective, but I have stopped worrying about jobs and titles, because I have always found them misleading.

Replied to Mapping the data infrastructure of market reform in higher education (code acts in education)
As with all data infrastructure, mapping the HE data infrastructure is a complex task. In this initial attempt to document it, I am following Rob Kitchin’s call for case studies that trace out the ‘sociotechnical arrangements’ of people, organizations, policies, discourses and technologies involved in the development, evolution, influence, dead-ends and failures of data infrastructures. It is necessarily a very partial account of a much larger project to follow the development, rollout and upkeep of a new data infrastructure in UK HE, and to chart how big data, learning analytics and adaptive learning technologies are being positioned as part of this program to deliver a reformed ‘smart’ sector for the future.
Ben this is a fascinating read. I love the way that you bring all the parts of the assemblage into view. The only question that I was left wondering is the role of SIF specifications has with higher education?
Replied to Ask Me Anything (AMA) (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Chris, I have been investigating bookmarking lately. I noticed that you trialed Radio3 a while back. I like what it offers in regards to syndication, but was wondering if there was a way of doing the same sort of thing in WordPress? That is, post a ‘Like’ on my site, but publicise the original link? I guess I could do this manually, I was just dreaming of something a little more automated?
Replied to Replying on Micro.blog is a bit like being able to comment o… by john john (John's World Wide Wall Display)
Replying on Micro.blog is a bit like being able to comment on someone’s site from your RSS reader. It is nice to have so many ways & places to chat. Comment directly. Via micro.blog. On own site via webmentions when you want to own your thought or add it to another bubble. Like this: Like Loading...
One of the things that I notice about Micro.Blogs in regards to your blog John
is the amount of interaction that you seem to get. This post is a prime example.

Some talk about the death of comments, but I feel that comments have changed and evolved. Now there are many things that ‘make a comment’ all tied together with webmentions.

I do wonder though in regards to Micro.Blogs whether it is about the features and affordances of the platform or if it is the community that exists there? Or are they intertwined, somehow learning from each other?

Replied to Redesigning Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel by Doug Belshaw (Open Educational Thinkering)
Check out my redesigned newsletter (and blog!)
Doug, I think I may have lost count to how many blogs you are up to, let alone domains. I have ventured down a different path of having two blogs, my main site and another which collects many disparate things. In part because I was struggling to maintain so many moving parts, but also because I have dived into the IndieWeb.

Do you have any hiccups with so many sites? For example, it was my understanding that Bridgy has certain limitations. Although moving away from the silos, I guess that may not be a concern?

Looking forward to following the links, along with the newsletter.

Aaron.

Replied to A Digital Food Diary on My Own Website (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Food and Drink on my own website I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but I’ve finally started making eat and drink posts. The display isn’t exactly what I want yet, but it’s getting there. For myself and those reading, I’ll try to continue tweaking on templates, but with the start of ...
Is there a limit? Chris, I love how your site just keeps on developing. I am not sure if I am going to start adding such stories to my site, but it really gives me hope about a better web.
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Mariana, just wondering where you have stored your archived lists? I was notified of there deletion via ‘Broken Links’. I really liked your Storify on GIFs.

I am in fear if this is a start of a series of dominoes. My Tumblr posts are all POSSE’d, however I really need to think about my Flickr collection. Must admit it has really sparked me to reconsider a number of practices and processes, which is probably good.

Replied to Pocket 2017 Year in Review (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
According to Pocket, I’m still in their top 5% of their readers/users despite the fact that I cut way back on using it this past year in strong deference to using other feed readers including one built into my website. Apparently I read 678, 617 words in their app this year which according to the...
Apparently I am in the Top 1%. I must admit that I have come to use it more now that you can play posts. What I find intriguing is what they measure ‘reading’ as and how they decided that it was like reading 35 books. It actually made me wonder if there are many people actually using Pocket anymore?