Listened 3D printing and the “plateau of productivity” from Radio National

When the hype around 3D printing was at its peak, it was confidently predicted that every household would soon have a personal printer – ala the home-computing revolution.

That’s not the way it turned out. As per the Gartner Hype Cycle, expectations plummeted into what they term the “trough of disillusionment”.

But 3D printing has now emerged from the trough and it’s slowly making its way toward the verdant “plateau of productivity”.

An interesting update on the state of 3D printing. Where it is at and not at.
Liked Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure (Ars Technica)

Luckily for computer enthusiasts, constraint can at times lead to immense creativity. And so the most influential operating system ever written was not funded by venture capitalists, and the people who wrote it didn’t become billionaires because of it. Unix came about because Bell Labs hired smart people and gave them the freedom to amuse themselves, trusting that their projects would be useful more often than not. Before Unix, researchers at Bell Labs had already invented the transistor and the laser, as well as any number of innovations in computer graphics, speech synthesis, and speech recognition.

Bookmarked Pages – Help me find a teaching resource

These two posters provide visual representations and examples of the components of the Digital Technologies Curriculum and elements of ICT.

 The difference between the Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum and ICT F-6 and 7-10 – A3 size (pdf – 268.87kb)

The A3-sized poster can be downloaded, printed and added to student workbooks or similar.

A collection of resources associated with the Digital Technologies Curriculum, including several infographics and videos.
Replied to Use The Onion Method To Approach Complex Formulas (Ben Collins)

If you’re building complex formulas, then I advocate following a one-action-per-step approach.

What I mean by this is that you build your formulas in a series of steps, and only make one change with each step.

The Onion Method is a framework by which to approach hard formulas, and consists of these three elements:

  1. Put each new step of the formula in a new cell
  2. Label each step with a simple “Step 1”, “Step 2”, etc. in adjacent cells
  3. Change the background color of each formula cell, so they can be easily found
I love the way you breakdown complex examples using the onion method through all your courses.
Bookmarked The cloud — Quartz Obsession (Quartz)

Last year, Amazon Web Services brought in more revenue than McDonald’s. The branch of the e-commerce company that deals in cloud-computing has long been seen as a financial life-preserver, but for a while it seemed to be plateauing. 2018’s $25.7 billion figure—up 47% from 2017—has to be a relief, especially at a time when all the tech giants are looking for ways to put our data out into the blue.

This is a useful breakdown of what is meant by ‘the cloud’. This includes explaining what Amazon Web Services does, background to the technology and where the cloud is actually located. Another interesting read on the topic is James Bridle’s New Dark Age.
Bookmarked Technology, Ranked (Paleofuture)

The world is filled with amazing technologies, many that are so old we don’t even think of them as technologies at all.

This list of technologies is a useful reminder that the notion of technology (and literacy) exists beyond the digital. This is a useful resource in regards to teaching digital technologies curriculum.
Liked Massive Mobile MakerSpace Resource (Adjusting Course Blog)

The purpose of this post is to provide the information educators inquire about most often when visiting our school (in person or from afar). Check out the “Table of Contents” below to hone in on what you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s helpful to see a pedagogy and supporting tools in action, so there’s also plenty of video in the “Video Vault” section. Finally, you can see real-time updates by checking out our school’s hashtag on social media: #GWgreats.