In regards to work, there are always changes going on. The focus though continues to be automating the process for on-boarding schools. I wrote a longer reflection about that here. My biggest takeaway is that:
Too often the conversation around technology is around efficiency – replacing work and saving time. However, my experience with supporting schools with setting up reports, timetables and attendance, and technology in general, has me feeling it often changes things. This touches on the reality that technology is a system. In saving in once spot, it often adds to another. As always, comments welcomes.
At the same time we are also grappling with how to best support schools already on. This is especially challenging when it comes to tasks like setting up a timetable that schools may only do once a year.
Personally, I have continued reading Why We Can’t Write. I also worked on my site. This included improving the search thanks to some help from John Johnston, as well as fix up the header images. In regards to my listening, I have been really getting into Lana Del Ray, Montaigne, Charli XCX, M83 and G Flip, as well as diving into the Switched on Pop podcast. I also watched the Chernobyl miniseries.
Learning and Teaching
Children’s books are tackling dark and taboo topics. Morris Gleitzman says that’s nothing to be afraid of
Morris Gleitzman and Jo Lampert spoke as part of a panel discussing the place of literature to tackle complex topics.
Bloomberg collects together a number of essays exploring the various elements of the periodic table.
Stewart Riddle discusses the issue of democracy in education in an interview with Cameron Malcher on the TER Podcast.
Julian Stodd provides a useful introduction to quantitative and qualitative data.
Often the discussion around the future of libraries focuses on technology and spaces, however Jane Cadzow’s deep dive uncovers the more human side of libraries throughout Australia.
Cherie Lacey, Catherine Caudwell and Alex Beattie discuss the ironic templated sense of identity perpetuated by the humane technology movement.
Carissa Véliz pushes back on the idea that anyone can say they have ‘nothing to hide’. Whether it be attention, money, reputation or identity, she argues that we all have something worth getting at.
Ben Williamson provides a broad survey of the different ways that people have been critically engaging with technology in education.
Martin Hawksey has created a site to collate different Google App Script projects.
Antony Funnell speaks with Katy Cook on the RN Future Tense podcast about the many influences on Silicon Valley.
Craig Mod explores the agreements we make that we may not always be aware that we are making.
Camilla Nelson and Meg Vertigan survey the way in which males have responded to Greta Thunberg.
Kate O’Halloran reflections on her experience of being trolled online after a mistake made on Twitter.
Caroline O’Donovan and Ken Bensinger provide a picture of what is involved in having things delivered the next day.
In a review of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Talking to Strangers, Andrew Ferguson unpacks Gladwell’s pivot from rules and biases to unanswered questions.
Focus on … MIT and Jeffrey Epstein
Justin Peters maps the history associated with MIT, the birth of the Media Lab and the choice to soil its specialness, rather than support activists like Aaron Swartz. Evgeny Morozov labels it as moral bankruptcy. Audrey Watters calls it a plutocratic horror show. James Bridle questions the ethics of the Media Lab and their history in building products to improve people’s lives, only to then pivot into market gains. Ronan Farrow reports on the steps Joi Ito and others took to conceal Epstein’s involvement with the Media Lab. Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that Epstein’s intent in donating was not whitewashing, but rather to gain access to powerful men. Anand Giridharadas outlines why he resigned as a juror for MIT’s Disobedience Award. Heather Gold reflects on the problem of gender and power. danah boyd discusses the great reckoning ahead, where we are faced with the challenge of building rather than breaking the web.
Read Write Respond #045
So that was September for me, how about you? As always, happy to hear.
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