On the family front, my wife continues to ride the waves of being in leadership during such chaotic times. One minute talking about building back better, next minute scrambling plans for how learning online might be for Victoria’s second wave. All while balancing study as well. In the meantime, the kids have taken to finding joy in forgotten places, such as the backyard. This included using the sticks from the apple tree to create a homemade tent.
At work, the month started with questions from schools about whether they needed to change things back to normal within their system to frantically checking that everything was still in place from last time schools to move back online. In between all of this, I have been supporting new schools and continuing to develop various resources. I am not sure if it is just me, but there is a different level of scrutiny when recording video content compared with written material.
Personally, I have continued to live the life of working at home where everything morphs into everything else. However, Troy Hunt wrote a useful reminder about not sweating the small stuff. I have found it important to remember that things could always be worse. I am still employed and as Damian Cowell recently explained, there are always worse jobs.
In regards to writing, I wrote a reflection on stealing time, as well as some more pieces about space. I have also been continuing my dive into the sonic spaces of Joseph Shabason, listening to DIANA. I have also been enjoying Taylor Swift’s pivot.
Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking:
Steve Collis reflects on the challenges associated with designing for emergence.
Christopher Emdin discusses the importance of pedagogy as a response to the world around us.
Mike Caulfield breaks down some of the pieces associated with the structure of blended learning and some consideration in regards to the creation of video content.
Aliya Chaudhry reports on how some librarians have turned to the creation of.
Thomas Guskey responds to concerns raised around offering students the opportunity to retake tests and assessment.
Sarah Morrison digs into the way in which APIs and SDK kits provide the framework for tracking.
William Davies discusses the place of private groups in the rise of the web.
Ben Thompson reflects on the growing concern around the political implications of TikTok. In a follow-up piece, he discusses the different internets and the role they play.
In a new introduction for Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Homeland,reflects on the change in consciousness in the last ten years.
Jacob Collier re-imagines the idea of a solo performance with multi-part presentation for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert
Amanda Mull discusses the challenges associated with turning around years of open planned spaces.
Sean Blanda discusses remote work’s focus on tasks, the ways in which people can become forgotten, the culture of disruption, and the challenge associated with career growth.
Beth Mole unpacks the data on coronavirus and aerosol transmission, with the push to recognise the distribution beyond just droplets.
Hannah Reich discusses the problems associated with a one-side perspective of police portrayed on the screen.
Zan Rowe speaks with Susan Rogers about working with Prince, archiving his music and our experience of music.
Read Write Respond #055
Ben Folds captures the current moment best, stating:
It used to be ‘that song is so 2008’. Now it’s ‘ugh, that song is so 10am. What are you thinking? With that old song you old man?
On that note, stay well and thank you for reading. I hope you found something of interest. Oh, and thank you to my one avid reader for.picking up the careless mistakes in my last newsletter.
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