Just when you think things are busy enough, you find out you were wrong. Somehow I ended up supporting schools with finalising student reports, setting up timetables, recording of literacy data and user access. This is all fine, except when everyone wants you to help them yesterday. We ended up getting there, but there were quite a few long days without any breaks other than grabbing a quick coffee from the kitchen. I am now on leave for a few weeks over the Christmas / New Year shutdown.
On the family front, it was a busy time too. We balanced between community carols, birthday, work functions and Christmas. In between all that we managed to see Frozen II. All this has been brought into perspective as much of Australia burns through summer.
Personally, I read/listened memoirs from Ben Folds and Tim Rogers. I have also been diving into the Take5 Podcast back catalogue, including some great interviews with Damian Cowell, Warren Ellis, Brian Eno, Daniel Johns, Christine and the Queens and Dylan Lewis. Definitely one of my favourite finds for the year. In regards to music, I listened to new releases from Burial and Courtney Barnett.
I also wrote a reflection on what it means to be an educator when you no longer work within a school environment.
I had a number of other pieces on the go, but they got a little lost in the wash of life. Maybe next month?
Here then are some of the other thoughts and ideas that have grabbed my attention this month:
Dan Tehan calls for a back to basics approach and learning progressions
Bernard Bull makes the case for more play and experimentation in education.
Taylor Fang provides a perspective of teen use of technology.
Yong Zhao highlights some of the problems with PISA, including what is measured and the implied purpose of education.
The Australian Government has updated the Melbourne Declaration, with a focus on two goals: to promote excellence and equity, as well as supporting students to become confident, creative, life-long learners within the community.
Audrey Watters closes the decade with an epic provocation documenting the worst of ed-tech.
Hannah Reich investigates some of the concerns associated with Netflix proposal to introduce a new variable playback option, including why people desire to speed things up, what this means for films and the impact that has on comprehension.
With the policy changes to YouTube requiring creators to classify if content is for children, Rebecca Jennings dives into the world of YouTube for children.
Stuart Thompson and Charlie Warzel dig into the location data scrapped by apps and smartphones.
Jestem Króliczkie unpacks the challenges associated with keeping a record of your personal data and digital traces.
In light of work by the International Seabed Authority, the United Nations group put in charge of mitigating damage on the seafloor by mining, Wil Hylton takes a dive into the depths of the ocean to uncover some of the remaining mysteries.
Claudia Hammond explores the concepts of memory and time and explains how we forget far more than we remember.
Responding to the findings of the Australia Talks National Survey, Nick Kilvert and the team at the ABC speak with a number of specialists to identify what they would do now in response to the climate debate.
Jack Banister’s paints a picture of Melbourne’s past and the lush waterways that ran through the region.
Andrea Swensson presents a series of four podcasts celebrating the re-release of Prince’s album 1999.
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So that was December for me, how about you? As always, love to hear.
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