Liked Supporting Digital Practice – making time-for-learning by Dave CormierDave Cormier (davecormier.com)
‘Digital Practices’ are the things that I do that are born out of the affordances of our digital communications platforms. It is an assemblage of the digital skills i might have mediated through the digital literacy and habits that i have acquired. Or, to put it more simply, it’s ‘being digital’.
Bookmarked 3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class (A.J. JULIANI)
Differentiation definitely makes sense, but again the question is HOW to do it in a class of 27 students.
AJ Juliani shares three strategies to support differentiation:

  • Assess the Process, Not the Product
  • Flip the Lecture, Flexible Groups the Following Day
  • Pick-Your-Station Activity
Bookmarked metrics, thy name is vanity (jarche.com)
About a year ago I deleted Google Analytics from this website. I no longer know where visitors come from, what they find interesting, or what they click on. This has liberated my thinking and I believe has made my writing a bit better. I always wrote for myself but I would regularly peak at my statistics. Was my viewership going up? What did people read? How did they get there? What search terms were people using? — Who cares? There are a lot of numbers that ‘social media experts’ will tell you to maximize. But there are few that make any difference.
Harold Jarche reflects on turning Google Analytics off. He instead suggests that the metric that matters (for him) is how many books he sells and how many people sign upmto his courses. He gives the example of a course that had hundreds of likes and reposts, yet only one person signed up. This has me thinking about which metric matters to me and the way in which I engage with other people’s ideas and projects. This is particularly pertinent to my focus on intent.
Liked Bernard Zuel (Bernard Zuel | Music Journalist)
Music journalist-at-large - blog, reviews & other media.
I came across this great site from Bernard Zuel sharing a range of interviews and reviews associated with music. My question though is why Wix? I really want someone to explain to me the appeal? I cannot read the content within my readers, instead pushed to the actual site. However, the reading experience there is poor. I respect the supposed simplicity, however I am left feeling that what Wix returns is not worth the compromise.
Listened Depth of Field by Sarah Blasko

I remember when I first came upon Sarah Blasko. It was a cover of Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over for the compilation She Will Have Her Way:

One of the things that struck me was the way that she cut things back to basics. Although her work often includes rich arrangements, this never seems over done. Her latest album is no different.

Although her use of synth bass and programmed beats leads to comparisons with artists like Goldfrapp, it never seems to reach the same dancefloor intensity. This mix often creates a feeling of fragility throughout the album. I was reminded in part of my experience listening to LCD Soundsystem’s album american dreams. The more I listened, the more the choice to hold back on elements made sense. I found that it is one of those albums that never seems settled and subsequently hooks you in because of it.

Read Gregory Alekseenko for a track by track breakdown.

Liked Students' Big Voices, Hearts & Minds Ready To Tackle Big Problems As Projects (Edu Change and Student Advocacy)
This is not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list. However, these seven broad topics present hundreds of relevant challenges that our students can and should have opportunities to address.
Bookmarked Seth's Blog: Delighting in sacrifice by Seth Godin (sethgodin.typepad.com)
The act of sacrifice, of foregoing one thing in our journey toward another one, one more generous, virtuous and useful, is actually a little piece of the satisfaction of the goal itself. If it comes easy, it's not the same.
There are some who complain about the effort associated with commenting from my own site, especially when you often have to comment on the other site as well. Yet without people making this ‘sacrifice’ for a deomstratebly better web.
Listened Disrupting the Disruptors from Radio National
Has our contemporary embrace of disruption become a problem rather than a solution?
Antony Funnell speaks with a number of guests, including Mark Pesce – Honorary Associate, Ian Verrender and Professor Gregory Whitwell, about the idea of disruption today. However, the most interesting conversation is with Professor Andrew King. He has done considerable work testing Clayton Christensen’s theory and highlights some of the limitations to it. This includes Christensen’s approach to ongoing research and modelling, where he collects data, theorises and then tests with new data, adjusting his initial theory. You can read more on King’s work here.
Replied to Cows of the Future by Tom Barrett (Dialogic Learning Weekly #71)
Think of a topic outside of school that you have a deep understanding of. What are the signals that indicate you have a deep knowledge and understanding of that topic?
I find the idea of ‘deep Learning’ fascinating. I feel that deep learning is often when you know that you don’t know. Often when you start out on a new topic you get a little bit of knowledge and you think that you know it. However, this is not deep until you dig down and get to the point where you realise you can’t know and that your knowledge will always be limited.

Take for example my recent deep dive into Global2. I have worked with, written about and presented on WordPress. However the further I went the more I realised that there were so many nuances that I had never considered. This has been taken to a whole new level with my wonderings about the #IndieWeb.

I therefore find Fullan’s reference in A Rich Seam to deep learning being associated with learning goals problematic. Although such goals can guide the learning, i think deep learning is often directed by fuzzy goals.

Listened Ep. 75 Live From San Francisco at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Pt.1: Annalee Newitz | Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff from Team Human
If you have slavery in any part of your culture, the entire culture is infected by it.
In this conversation between Annalee Newitz and Douglas Rushkoff, they talk about robots, ethics, autonomy, slavery, gender and cats.