Replied to No Work …. till Next Year (Heart | Soul | Machine)
I’ve got enough time up my sleeve to actually go and do that thinking, to work out what I want to do next. I’m not sure about the university, or the sector as a whole. I don’t know what it is I should be doing and spending my time. But I’ve at least got an opportunity to go away and have a think about it.
Good luck with the start-up Tim. Sounds interesting, a data dashboard for farmers. How the world has changed.
Replied to Google Is Collecting Your Data—Even When Your Phone Isn’t in Use (adweek.com)
Google collected considerably more user data when mobile phones were moving around and were in use. One researcher carried around a factory-reset Android phone with a new Google Account and used it as she went about the regular course of the day. That data, the researchers concluded, was pretty reliable. Google was ultimately able to identify that researcher’s interests “with remarkable accuracy” over the course of the 24-hour period, they wrote.
I am left wondering how much of this ‘tracking’ is associated with our move to cloud computing? How much does Microsoft capture? And does Apple even provide like for like? Is their offering as comprehensive? I feel that in general we need to get better at appreciating data that is being collected.

via Audrey Watters

Liked Canberra education system set for 10-year overhaul in move to 'personalised learning' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (mobile.abc.net.au)
instead of filing into a gym hall to write in silence under a ticking clock, the ACT Government wants to leverage big data to keep a "minute-to-minute" pulse on how students are learning. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if at any point along their educational journey, students were able to get really responsive feedback? Technology needs to enhance learning," Mr Willis said.
Liked Why the NAPLAN results delay is a storm in a teacup by Jim Tognolini (The Conversation)

The real issue underpinning the controversy is the misuse of NAPLAN data. It was never intended that NAPLAN data would be used for fine-grained comparison of students.

The MySchool website has contributed to the misuse of NAPLAN data. For example, the scores from the site are being used to make comparisons irrespective of the “error bands” that need to be taken into account when making comparisons. People are ascribing a level of precision to the results that was never intended when the tests were developed. The test was never designed to be high-stakes and the results should not be used as such.

When people challenge the “validity” of the NAPLAN test, they should be challenging the validity of the use of the results. NAPLAN has a high degree of validity, but we need to understand it better and use the results in a more judicious and defensible manner. The correct use of NAPLAN data is a major issue and it needs to be addressed as a matter of priority.

Bookmarked The Information on School Websites Is Not as Safe as You Think by E.K. Moore (nytimes.com)
Some tracking scripts may be harmless. But others are designed to recognize I.P. addresses and embed cookies that collect information prized by advertisers.
E.K. Moore discusses the presence of trackers on school websites. One of the interesting points was the impact of YouTube on all this:

Google’s DoubleClick ad trackers, for instance, are commonly found on school pages that host YouTube videos, like the Community Website Introduction video on a school site in Massapequa, on New York’s Long Island. The trackers tee up videos containing advertising on the school page, once its own video finishes playing.

I have reflected upon this topic elsewhere.