Replied to Are Your Students Sharing and Amplifying Their Learning? (Primary Tech)

Silvia and Janet have provided a helpful framework in their book that demonstrates degrees of amplification: sharing with oneself, sharing face to face, sharing strategically online and sharing globally

I have not gotten to Silvia and Janet’s book, although I have read a number of posts associated with it. On a side note, I recently came upon an interesting discussion associated with the idea of sharing from Adam Grant. It takes a different approach to the problem and argues that what often matters is the culture we create around sharing and sharers. The question I was left wondering is whether everyone has to share? What is the place of the elegant lurker?
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Day 3 of 7: 7 black and white photos of your life. No humans, no explanations. Challenge someone new every day. Challenged by @IaninSheffield I now challenge @stringer_andrea
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I was listening to the Wellbeing episode the other day and reminded just how long the podcast has been going. Means a lot and I still have my mug at my desk each and every day.
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Day 2 of 7: 7 black and white photos of your life. No humans, no explanations. Challenge someone new every day. Challenged by @IaninSheffield I now challenge @Obi_Jon_.
Replied to Flogging the Dead Horse of RSS – Ideas and Thoughts (

Apparently, RSS has some valid uses as well but like most everyone I tend to use social as a place to find new and emerging ideas. But I also think using Twitter and Facebook to haphazardly find content lacks intention and depth. I also value reading a person’s blog over time to understand better their voice and context. So I’m asking for some advice on how to update my module on finding research. What replaces RSS feeds? What works for you that goes beyond “someone on Twitter/Facebook shared….” to something that is more focused and intentional?

It feels like there has been a bit of resurgence when it comes to RSS lately. I wrote about it last year, Alan Levine has been doing alchemy, Aral Balkan has been reclaiming it, Tom Woodward has been doing jujitsu and Chris Aldrich has created his own feeds.

My takeaways have been:

Another post that might be worth diving into is Chris Aldrich’s Feed Reader Revolution.

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So wait. Where are you?
I guess I’m caught in my filter bubble again. After #DeleteFacebook, maybe you went back to your bicycle and your Polaroid camera. But maybe you’re out there still—can I still find you?
Hey, I have an idea! Just tell me where you’re at. A link to your personal blog or…

Here is my addition to the cause:
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Thanks Ian for the challenge.

Day 1 of 7: 7 black and white photos of your life. No humans, no explanations. Challenge someone new every day. Challenged by @IaninSheffield I now challenge @robert_schuetz.

Day 1 of 7: 7 black and white photos of your life. No humans, no explanations. Challenge someone new every day.
Replied to Stop Saying “Cute”: An Early Childhood Education Rant (Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research)

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. and Gill Robertson, ECE. This post is the first of two of what I hope will be a series of co-authored blogs. This post is a rant and was inspired by words that rankle …

A word (or phrase) that I feel needs to be reviewed is "at the coal face" when talking about classroom teaching. Although it may recognise the hard work done by teachers, it highlights the power held by everyone else. It also has students as stagnant resource to be mined.
Replied to Reply to Tom Critchlow on feeds by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)

Replied to a post by Tom Critchlow Tom Critchlow ( This is a list of the feeds I’m reading. The page auto-updates every 10 minutes or so. Why? Because we need to resist the hyperfeeds and build our own small feeds in the open
I’m curious how you’re generating your particular fee…

Tom’s feed reminds me a lot of Winer’s Radio3. Personally, I don’t record EVERYTHING I have read, only those pieces that stand out.
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Finally got Indigenous working (again) on Android. An issue I have found is that ‘Share via’ adds both the title and link. Clearly, I could remove the title, but this seems a bit cumbersome. Have you had this experience? If so, what have you done?
Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #157 (W. Ian O’Byrne)

Some computer science academics at Northeastern University ran an experiment testing over 17,000 of the most popular apps on Android to see if they’re collecting information and sending it back somewhere else. They found no evidence of an app unexpectedly activating the microphone or sending audio out when not prompted to do so. Like good scientists, they refuse to say that their study definitively proves that your phone isn’t secretly listening to you, but they didn’t find a single instance of it happening. Instead, they discovered a different disturbing practice: apps recording a phone’s screen and sending that information out to third parties.

I thought that it was just me with the strange feeling like I am being listened too. Really disconcerting that instead they are capturing images. This is a worry on multiple levels. That any semblance of privacy has seemingly left the building, but also the waste associated with collecting such data.

I am reminded of the discussion of a big data tax mentioned in Sabeel Rahman’s post The New Octopus. James Bridle also talks about the ‘Age of the Image’ in the New Dark Age:

As digital culture becomes faster, higher bandwidth, and more image-based, it also becomes more costly and destructive – both literally and figuratively. It requires more input and energy, and affirms the supremacy of the image – the visual representation of data – as the representation of the world.

Replied to 📑 ZenPress WordPress Theme by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (

I recently started exploring David Shanske’s 2016 IndieWeb Theme for Read Write Collect. Before, I had been using Matthias Pfefferle’s Zen Press. I really like Zen for its looks and still may go back or use it for my main site. It has the feel of Medium without being in Medium. My concerns were:…

Inspired by Kicks Condor’s recent post about ‘black and white, with a little bit of blue’, I have returned to ZenPress. Although Independent Press played nicely, I really like the look and feel of ZenPress and although it still does not work well with Jetpack’s Related Posts, my answer short term answer is to turn the function off.
Replied to I don’t hear grasshoppers anymore by john john (John’s World Wide Wall Display)

Recently I’ve been thinking that grasshoppers are a lot less common than they were in my youth.

James Bridle explores the changes in the environment in New Dark Age. He discusses the melting of the caps and the ramifications this has on the rest of the world. What was of particular interest was the ramification for and of technology.
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After a single decade little more remains in our pockets and purses than the snacks, the breath mints and the lip-balm.

Adam Greenfield ‘Radical Technologies’

Replied to Making Sense of Blog Post Content Data? My Own Spanner Found in the Bottom of the Toolbox (CogDogBlog)

For the obviously obvious statement, WordPress is built on a database. The question is, besides data like visitor counts, what can you infer from the data in the posts and metadata itself?

I am always fascinated what data we are collecting, whether conscious of it or not.

This reminds me of Tom Woodward’s work with Sheets and data. I wonder if this will work for Post Kinds too? Off to dig around in the code.

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The trouble is that Reddit has become the Big Blog. You are welcome to post your stuff there. But it’s usually in gray and white with a little blue—so that I lose a sense of who I’m reading exactly, who they are and where they call home. Reddit isn’t keen on a link to your blog without an acceptable amount of foreplay. You’re not yourself, you’re a Redditor—ten to twelve letters with a little bit of flair, maybe a cake, maybe a gold star. Could I be so lucky.

Interesting reflections Condor. I have been wondering a while what the IndieWeb could look like in the future. A part of me likes the idea of reading and commenting on your site away from the silos. For example, I subscribe to Chris Aldrich’s #IndieWeb feed and read it via Inoreader. I guess this is my black and white with a bit of blue. The irony is that my site is grey and white with a little bit of yellow. Maybe I need more colour?
Replied to Practical Documentation: What the Indieweb Needs for WordPress by Brad Brad (Brad Enslen)

What the Indieweb really needs is some practical, plain language documentation to lead end users through the forest of plugins, jargon and bailing wire setups to get the mainstream blogger to the promised land of Indieweb goodness.

I agree with you about the frustration associated with #IndieWeb. However, if there was a simple answer then I think that it would have been implemented by now. I really respect the work being doing at the moment by Chris Aldrich and Greg McVerry, I am also mindful that many of these plugins and approaches are seemingly managed by a handful of individuals. Fine there could be additional documentation, but unless more people are willing to put their hands up (myself included) then it will likely remain this way.

In regards to G+, do Google even offer the appropriate APIs to connect? For example, SNAP doesn’t provide direct link. IndieWeb is awesome, but isn’t it still dependent on third party silos. That is why it no longer works with Facebook, right?

Replied to Three examples of annotations, bookmarking, & sharing in my digital commonplace book (W. Ian O’Byrne)

For me, a breakthrough came when I posted a piece about Interviewing my digital domains. Chris Aldrich took the time to use Hypothesis to mark up my post and archive this all here. He then reflected on this use of highlights and marginalia. All of this had me thinking about opportunities to modify my process as detailed up above, to include Hypothesis to mark up and annotate posts, as opposed to just pulling quotes from the piece.

Thanks for sharing this Ian. I prefer Option 3 as it provides more options.