Bookmarked Developing new digital skills – is training always the answer?

With rapid moves towards different models of learning thanks to COVID19 restrictions, lots of people are looking closely at staff development for digital skills. Chris challenges to notion that developing digital practice is all about training. He offers a model for improving your chances of success in supporting the development of new capabilities.

Chris Thomson reflects on the challenges put forward by the requirements of social distancing and questions whether ‘training’ is always the answer. Talking about Cathy Moore’s idea of Action Mapping. What is different about this process is that rather than exploring what needs to change, it focuses on why the current practice is not happening and works from there.

Action mapping says to flip that on its head. Instead, ask “why aren’t they doing it already?”

This is an interesting read alongside David Culberhouse’s discussion of learning/unlearning, as well as Tom Barrett’s exploration of compression innovation.

via Doug Belshaw

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I was thinking about this in regards to Drama, PE, Music, Art, they would all be sharing equipment?

You might need to go unplugged Rick?

Replied to Digital Downsizing (part two) (

What did I get in return for my one-hour investment? I reduced email spam from roughly sixty daily messages to two. I see very few pop-up ads, and my browser searches are more neutral. I have confidence that most of my web activity isn’t being tracked, although that’s difficult to fully quantify.

Another great reflection Bob on the importance of reviewing our settings regularly. Another interesting post you might want to check out is Doug Belshaw’s discussion of our digital estate.
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.