Replied to a post by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
If you’d like to contribute to the magazine there are methods for syndicating content into it via POSSE, which I’d recommend if you’re able to do so. Otherwise they have some useful bookmarklets, browser extensions, and other manual methods that you can use to add articles to the magazine.
Might just be me, but I could not find any means of POSSEing to Flipboard in the documentation?
Replied to Data transfer as a ‘hedge’? by Doug Belshaw (Thought Shrapnel)
This is an interesting development: Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter joined to announce a new standards initiative called the Data Transfer Project, designed as a new way to move dat…
Doug I read this situation differently. In part, GDPR has brought this on, but it will also happen naturally whether the silos like it or not. People will build their own pipes and parsers. It feels inevitable. I think that in working together they are then able to control how this happens.

I am probably wrong. Time will tell.

Replied to A Beginner’s Guide To Google Photos by Sue Waters (The Edublogger)
Google Photos is an excellent free solution for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and videos. Let's get you started with this step-by-step beginner's guide!
Thorough as always Sue. I have touched on Photos in the past, my only concern relates to where it sits within Google. It is not a part of the core suite of apps, therefore if you are to use it with students you should really get signed consent first?
Replied to Making sense of teaching, learning, & assessing with technology (W. Ian O'Byrne)
educators claim to be digital literate, yet they still have basic questions about educational and instructional technologies. They continue to use the same technologies they learned previously, and have had success with. In the year 2000, being digitally literate meant that you could navigate a computer and use email. In the year 2018, there are many more technologies available to use, so would this definition still suffice? This raises the question of, what does it mean to teach, learn, and assess with technology? What will it mean to teach, learn, and assess with technology in the future?
I really liked the way that you break down the use of technology. Although I still find Belshaw’s digital literacies as a useful starting point for a deeper conversation. However, your differentiation between learning and teaching is a useful way of talking about context. I think it is also a reminder that technology is a system.

In the past I have used the Modern Learners Canvas to break down the various parts of learning and classroom.


“Modern Learning Canvas – Instructional Model” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA

Technology has a part to play, but it is never in isolation.

Lately, my take on educational technology has taken another twist. My focus lately has been on policy and the implication this has for technology and ‘efficency’. Whether it be reporting, timetables or attendance, what I am coming to realise is how much of this is assumed when it comes to instruction.

Would love your thoughts? I wonder if in ten years we will have more agile systems, that combine the rigour with the flexibility called for in today’s day and age?

Replied to The cashless society is a con – and big finance is behind it | Brett Scott by Brett Scott (the Guardian)
Financial institutions are trying to nudge us towards a cashless society and digital banking. The true motive is corporate profit. Payments companies such as Visa and Mastercard want to increase the volume of digital payments services they sell, while banks want to cut costs. The nudge requires two parts. First, they must increase the inconvenience of cash, ATMs and branches. Second, they must vigorously promote the alternative. They seek to make people “learn” that they want digital, and then “choose” it.
I also feel that if everything is done by card then it makes it easier to profile users.
Replied to Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech (Digital Breadcrumbs)
Do you trust these companies to hold your data forever? Will they be in business forever? What is their plan to delete, obfuscate, destroy your photos after a specific time period?
For me, this comes back to being informed. The question I ask is convenience at what cost? I respect that I may not be able to own all my data, but there is something about such companies (Facebook included) that just doesn’t feel right in schools. It kind of reminds me of AltSchool. Do we need such surveillance, at all?

I highly recommend Ben Williamson’s book Big Data in Education on many of these matters.

Replied to An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 8 Interflux by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
Episode 8: Interflux If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Running time: 1h 23m 35s | Download (26.2 MB) | Subscribe by RSS Summary: David Shanske and I recap the recent IndieWeb Summit 2018 in Portland Oregon including recent developments like mic...
Another great episode, I like the addition of the time stamps Chris.
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Sounds like a budding entrepreneur Dan if you ask me 🤷‍♂️