Replied to Blog Posts As Old Concrete Slabs or Alive in the Cracks In Between? (CogDogBlog)
Here’s another nifty way to make your blog alive; link to your own posts. It’s so easy in the WordPress editor when selecting text to hyperlink.
Even better again Alan is to link to other people’s posts too! There are flowers absolutely everywhere.
Replied to Freshly Brewed Thoughts: May 25, 2018 (
We know that behaviors can be modified, as a social species we use all kinds of narratives and manipulations to modify behavior. The question is who is trying to modify them and to what purpose. Me debating with myself about machine learning.
I always thought that the best ‘thought experiment’ was and is fiction. Maybe Google should read The Circle. As I watched The Selfish Ledger I wondered how much it would cost to be removed from the grid?
Replied to Maths eats robots for breakfast - Issue 83 - Dialogic Learning Weekly  (Dialogic Learning)
Most of my week has been spent thinking about, advising on and reviewing future school designs. I have noticed the rising influence of the interior design of workplace on the aesthetic of secondary and senior learning spaces. It reminds me of this article outlining how WeWork (a co-working business) designs spaces using rich datasets and machine learning. I wonder if future schools will have responsive learning spaces based on similar sets of data about usage and pedagogy? It is not such a big leap, my home thermostat continually learns the patterns of how we heat the house and creates a schedule for us. Imagine a campus that can respond in a similar way to the patterns it predicts from how we use it.
Another great newsletter Tom.

I remember Ross Halliday focusing on what might be deemed as ‘IoT for education’ at GTASyd. It is an interesting space. I can see the potential for it in education, but at what cost? For what impact? Here I am reminded of Marshall McLuhan’s tetrid:

  • What does the medium enhance?
  • What does the medium make obsolete?
  • What does the medium retrieve that had been obsolesced earlier?
  • What does the medium reverse or flip into when pushed to extremes?

I recently finished reading Ben Williamson’s book on Big Data in Education. Although not solely on this topic, definitely relates and worth reading.

Replied to The Do's and Don'ts of Google Slides - EdTechTeam by Emma Cottier (EdTechTeam)
Take advantage of the built-in Google Search tools to ensure that you are including images that have high resolution (larger than 640×480), have a transparent background (png), and that are copyright safe.
This is a useful reflection when it comes to creating slide decks of all sorts. My question is around the dimensions of images. I have noticed of late that even if I have a high resolution image on my computer that when I upload it (using a basic personal account, not GSuite account) that I am given a compressed copy. Am I right to in inferring from your post that by using the search feature built into Slides that this will allow for higher-res images? I did not when testing the Upslash Add-on that the images were of a better quality. Just wondering your thoughts.
Replied to Three Ways to Keep Track of Students' Blog Entries by Richard Byrne (
One of the questions that I often field during my workshop on blogging is, "how do you keep track of what students are writing?" The answer to that depends on a few things including how frequently your students are publishing and the platform through which your students are blogging.
This is one of the big challenges with student blogging. When I used Edublogs in the classroom, I would moderate everything, therefore I would know what is being posted that way. However, I have been wondering lately about the idea of creating a formula in Google Sheets using IMPORTFEED where each new entry to that feed is added to an archive list. Then you could add a simple checkbox to tick off if you have responded to the blog in any way and even condition the whole row to make this process a little more visual.
Replied to Show/Fork Us The SPLOTS! (CogDogBlog)
If you are creating sites with these WordPress themes I have built (as well as the three Calling Card ones, WP-Dimension, WP-Highlights, and WP-Big Picture — I need a favor. I want you to… SHOW US THE SPLOTS!
Went to add my use of your themes Alan and see that they are already on the list. Happy days.
Replied to 5th Grade: Here I Come! by Tony Vincent (Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent)
I am expecting that classroom teaching will be hard work. I’m embracing the challenge. I am expecting to be humbled. I’m ready to learn lessons that I don't even know I need to learn. I am expecting I’ll need help. I’m lucky that I've got educator friends from around the world who I know I can rely on for advice, ideas, and empathy.
Congratulations Tony. What an exciting opportunity. I look forward to following the new twist in your journey.
Replied to Teaching's far from a 9-to-3:30 job: Here's what our day really entails - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) by Daniel Steele (
What has been a surprise over the past 10 years is how hard it can be to convince people of the power in collaborating to support and build up one another up in schools and staffrooms.
I think that this is a useful and important message, yet what I feel is missing is collaboration. I wonder what story could be told to capture the power of working together?
Replied to Can we have an #IndieWeb webmentions credentialing system? #OpenBadges by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (
Over the past few weeks I have discussed this in the #IndieWeb channels with Aaron Parecki and Tantek Çelik if we could use webmentions as a credentialing tool. When you think about it an #openbadges boils down to two permalinks: the task, with criteria and evidence; and the learner artifact with evidence of learning.
I think that this is an interesting idea Greg. I am interested in the idea that if your evidence associated with the badge in question changes, you can simply send a new webmention. Also, in reverse I wonder if webmentions can be used as a may of managing badges that have an expiry date?
Replied to Posting on Twitter by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (
No #IndieWeb WordPress work for me on Day 11. Classes start today. I will tack another day on the end. Yesterday I did get to play with a lot of the post-kind/bridgy/Twitter functionality.
I have been following with interest your questions and queries in the IndieWeb chat, especially in regards to WordPress. I thought it might be useful to document my workflow associated with Read Write Collect for you:

1. Start with a bookmarklet (desktop) or url forwarder (mobile) to begin the process.

2. Adjust the Post Kind response properties. This might include adding missing information and a quote. Lately – inspired by Chris Aldrich’s posts – I have taken to using HTML to add media or multiple paragraphs into the ‘quote’ box.

3. Copy the title from the response properties to the post title and slug. I also add an emoji to the title associated with the post kind. I used to just add the title, but had issues with the emoji being added to the permalink, so short of developing a theme-based solution that strips any emoji from the permalink, I have taken to manually creating the link.

4. Add content to the post, whether it be a reflection or further summary.

5. Add categories (‘contributions’, ‘creations’ or ‘responses’), tags (usually at least three) and feature images (where applicable)

6. Choose where to POSSE: G+ (Jetpack), Mastadon (Mastadon Autopost) and Twitter, Flickr and Diigo (SNAP). I tried Bridgy a while ago, but it never seemed to work. I probably should return to it, but like the flexibility to adjust posts using SNAP. I really wish that there was only one spot for all of them, but live with it for now.

7. If I manually POSSE (usually when replying to other posts), I return and add these to the syndication links.

I am sure I have missed aspects, but hopefully it helps.