πŸ“° Read Write Respond 065

Cover for May's newsletter of ideas and information associated with all things education, mined and curated for me and shared with you.
So here we are again. One week I am catching up with Richard Olsen and co for drinks in the city and then the next week we are in lock-down again. I remember reading about the hammer and the dance early on in the pandemic, where we lock-down to get on top of things and then dance with the ever changing rules and restrictions. The problem is, I do not think we are very good at dancing. Coming home from my night out, face-masks on public transport were near on non-existent. On top of that, the bar thanked me for clicking on the QR code at the door. Maybe he was just being courteous, but it did not feel like it.

In lock-down, I took our daughters for a ride. At the local reserve, there was a food truck set up with two guys selling take-away. Sadly though, there were no face-masks. I contacted the company privately raising my concern and got the following response:

Reason for not wearing face masks is none of you’re business.
I sincerely hope you were not scared.

I am not sure he quite understands how masks work. That I wear a mask for him and he and his colleague wear a mask for me. To be fair, my greater fear is not catching COVID from him, although it is a possibility, but rather that such small businesses will no longer exist if we do not all do our bit to get on top of things. Personally, I am able to work from home, so other than having to support our children with their learning, I am not impacted. Sadly, I am not sure everyone quite sees it that way.

On other matters, I have been listened to new albums by Olivia Rodrigo, Haerts and St. Vincent, but have found myself retreating to the more familiar with Estelle Caswell’s ode to gated reverb playlist. In addition to this, I have been tinkering with Google Sheets and XML, as well as started a few posts, but with jobs around the house and work at the moment, I seem to be failing with following through.

Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking:

Education

The Trouble with Teaching: Is Teaching a Meaningful Job?

John Danaher dives into his frustrations with teaching in a university setting, providing a provocation to reflect upon in respect to all aspects of learning and teaching.

Knitting a Healthy Social Fabric

danah boyd explores role played by schools in building the social fabric and democracy of the future.

Is De-Implementation the Best Way to Build Back Better?

Peter DeWitt reflects on the need to de-implement and take things off the plate in order to build back better.

Mapping Assessment

Ron Ritchhart provides a model for mapping assessment based on two dimensions: integration and evaluation.

On Rereading

Victor Brombert reflects upon the different forms of rereading and the uncanny experience of coming upon lost notes in the margins.

Technology

The Global Smartphone

A team of anthropologists spent a year conducting an ethnographic study in nine different countries documenting the ways in which smartphones are used by older people. The team come to the conclusion that the smartphone has come to represent the place where we live.

Pedagogy, Presence and Placemaking: a learning-as-becoming model of education.

David White talks about the issue of simply moving face-to-face learning online and the need to foster presence to help make online spaces places that foster learning.

YouTube’s kids app has a rabbit hole problem

Rebecca Heilweil takes a look at the way in which YouTube Kids and the autoplay function acts as a gateway to questionable content.

Data isn’t oil, so what is it?

Matt Locke suggests that we need more effective metaphors to help people understand the place and purpose of data in our world today.

On the temptation to nuke everything and start over

Influenced on Kin Lane’s decision to leave the past behind, Doug Belshaw reflects on the temptation to start over.

General

The Case for Letting People Work From Home Forever

Jaclyn Greenberg makes the case for a permanent move to working from home, while Cal Newport pushes back instead arguing for near-home locations.

Welcome Back, Darling

Kath Sullivan and Nathan Morris explore what it means to have water back in the Darling River. In contrast with the past few years of dry river beds, towns like Brewarrina, Wilcannia and Menindee have become energised once again.

In the Air Tonight’s influence, intrigue, and THAT drum break that endures 40 years on

Matt Neal reflects on the forty years since Phil Collins’ released In the Air Tonight and its ongoing legacy, especially in regards to gated reverb.

Tao of WAO

Laura Hilliger and Doug Belshaw have started a new podcast associated with their participation in We Are Open Co-op.

The Weaponization of Care

Autumm Caines discusses the way in which survelliance technology is packaged with notions of care as a way of normalising various practices.

Read Write Respond #065

So that was May for me, how about you? As always, hope you are safe and well.
Bryan Mathers' sketch
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