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A User Guide for students using Google Slides. Help your students get the most out of Google Slides as a powerful publishing and presentation tool. Easy to follow guide showcasing the features of Google Slides to promote top notch designs that help students thrive and be successful in their learning.

I have been noticing more and more that there has been a change of quality when it comes to adding images to slides. I was happy with my workflow in creating various graphics, but have found images added lately to be pixelated. Is this about the quality of the source image or Slides?
Bookmarked The Building Blocks of Interpretability by Chris Olah (Google Brain Team)

There is a rich design space for interacting with enumerative algorithms, and we believe an equally rich space exists for interacting with neural networks. We have a lot of work left ahead of us to build powerful and trusthworthy interfaces for interpretability. But, if we succeed, interpretability promises to be a powerful tool in enabling meaningful human oversight and in building fair, safe, and aligned AI systems

(Crossposted on the Google Open Source Blog)

In 2015, our early attempts to visualize how neural networks understand images led to psychedelic images. Soon after, we open sourced our code as De…

Is it just me, or is this new article exploring how feature visualization can combine together with other interpretability techniques to understand aspects of how networks make decisions a case of creating a solution and then working out how or why it works? Seems reactive or maybe I just don’t get it.
Liked Bernard Zuel (Bernard Zuel | Music Journalist)

Music journalist-at-large – blog, reviews & other media.

I came across this great site from Bernard Zuel sharing a range of interviews and reviews associated with music. My question though is why Wix? I really want someone to explain to me the appeal? I cannot read the content within my readers, instead pushed to the actual site. However, the reading experience there is poor. I respect the supposed simplicity, however I am left feeling that what Wix returns is not worth the compromise.
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I think that ‘ownership’ is problematic. I remember it coming up in reference to domain of one’s own. In part that is what interests me about the IndieWeb ethos and POSSE.

🤔 Citizen of the Indieweb?

I was looking around Github today at a few WordPress themes and plugins and I noticed Matthias Pfefferle’s profile in which he describes himself as a:

Citizen of the @indieweb

This made me wonder, when are you an actual ‘citizen’, that is when do you belong to, in or are a part of the Indieweb? Is it when you develop your user page? Is it when you check IRC/Slack Community regularly just because? Or is it when you have a site that has the badge on it? Or is is simple, are you a citizen if you want to be?

This reminded me of Audrey Watters reflections on the Contrafabulist podcast (can’t remember the exact episode) when she wondered when you actually become a New Yorker?

🤔 #WhatIf People Only Conversed from their Own Sites?

In a recent Chips with Everything podcast, Jordan Erica Webber paints the picture of a world where people have ‘feeds’ that are owned and manipulated by third-party vendors. The question that this poses is what if people were able manage their own feeds? This is the future that Tim Berners-Lee suggests in response to ‘how to fix the internet’:

This would also give you access to all of the data you create. We don’t have much control over how our data is used, yet we are also limited in what we can do with it ourselves. Berners-Lee gives the example of fitness-activity data: rather than it being locked up with a company, we should be able to decide whether or not to share this information and with whom. “If you can’t read it, it should be because I’ve decided that you shouldn’t read it – not because our machines won’t talk to each other,” he says. An app on the Solid platform could pull in your own data, plus any that others have shared with you. “[It’s] much more powerful for you as a user, because you can integrate all the data that you have got access to,” he adds.

I am not sure how MIT’s Solid project exactly works, maybe this is what Dave Winer talks about. However, I wonder what a #IndieWeb world would look like? Instead of worrying tagging people on Twitter or Facebook, use Person Tags to notify other users. Syndicate comments across sites. Whatever happens, we need something more than this.

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Chris, I have been investigating bookmarking lately. I noticed that you trialed Radio3 a while back. I like what it offers in regards to syndication, but was wondering if there was a way of doing the same sort of thing in WordPress? That is, post a ‘Like’ on my site, but publicise the original link? I guess I could do this manually, I was just dreaming of something a little more automated?

🤔 What if a computer could sit our test for us?

I was listening to a recent episode of RN Future Tense talk about developing a digital construct of ourselves that would exist long after we die. The idea of this virtual self is so that people could ask our opinion long after we die. This is something captured in a few ways in the Black Mirrors series. However, what I was left wondering is whether such virtual selves, based on understanding of the way we think, could sit a standardised tests, such as NAPLAN etc, for us?

🤔 #WhatIf quick fix solution of a ‘new school’ is akin to a diet of shakes?

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It seems that from a number examples shared on online that it is a lot easier to bring about change and transformation in a new school without the supposed baggage of embedded behaviours. This makes me wonder though whether a new school with the ‘best’ teachers as the answer for change is akin to those diets which provide initial success, but are more often than not sustainable in the long term? Those sorts of diets that people follow to loose 10kg for a wedding and then put on 20kg after all the gloss has worn off? Not sure, but I think that we need a more nuanced approach to change. One that celebrates, builds and supports what is in place, rather than looks for solutions on the outside. What about you?

🤔 #WhatIf We Implement Tranformational Change Without a Plan or Clear Purpose in Place?

Many make the argument for collaboration, for the development of social capital, for communities of practice, what if this is all in vein because we continue to come back to the same system in place, same purpose for showing up. What if changed started with why, started with not only knowing that there is another way, but being clear about what that might be?

🤔 #WhatIf Essential Books Feed an Essential Curriculum?

I was browsing a bookstore yesterday when I came upon an ‘Essential’ pile of books. One about Economics, another about Physics. Then there was one about remembering all the things that you learned in Geography at school, but have forgotten. This got me wondering about what would and would not be in these books and all of the ones that I had bought over time on philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, religion etc … What if all these books were feeding our desire to be in control and own something that simply cannot be owned? I wonder if NAPLAN preparation books fit this mould as well?

🤔 #WhatIf Disruptive Innovation is Inequitable?

There have been a lot of companies of late that offer fast and efficient delivery of a wide range of things. People seem to be carrying parcels on their back, on bikes, however possible. The problem with this is that such disruption seems to only occur in high-populated inner city spaces? What if such change and disruption was only afforded to a particular class of people? What if innovation was in fact inequitable?

🤔 #WhatIf the focus was on behaviours, rather than applications?

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A dominant model for online learning too often is focused on applications and transactional processes. For example, how to use Google Drawings or manage Google Drive. This is useful in knowing what to do and how to go about it, but it does not necessarily capture why. A different approach to structuring online learning would be through the use of Open Badges.

As I have explained elsewhere:

Open Badges are online representation of a skill you have earnt. … They allow you to verify different information, such as a description, issuer, criteria of achievement and standards met.

One of the challenges is that Open Badges need to be managed as they require a certain level of authentication.

Doug Belshaw outlines this in a post on some work with a school in implementing G Suite, in which he states:

My aim in any badge system is to encourage particular types of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. Whatever system I come up with will be co-designed and go beyond just the use of G-Suite for Education. As the TPACK model emphasises, the system will have a more holistic focus: integrating the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge required for purposeful educational technology integration.

What such an approach offers is a focus on the pedagogies and behaviours, such as analysing data, identifying trend growth and collaborating in the classroom. This allows technology to be properly integrated. It also allows you to add on any additional badges as they may arise.

🤔 Whatif we are all responsible the situation we are in?


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In response to Donald Trump’s recent accession to president of USA, danah boyd said that social media is responsible for the creation of this spectacle and it is time for a reality check. This made me wonder, maybe we are all each in our own way responsible for this situation? I am not saying that we are all fueling the fire, but we all make choices about what it is we choose to pay attention to. Sometimes the choice to get involved can in fact be the most profound choice we can make.

🤔 #Whatif Kristallnacht was Telecast Live?

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What if we had binge learning 100 years ago? In Holly Clark’s keynote she shared the idea of binge learning, that type of instantaneous learning made possible by applications like Periscope and Snapchat. The example shared was of a crowd of Syrian refugees cramming onto a train seemingly escaping. Watching it is a bit different than reading about it in a newspaper or several years later in a text book. The question was posed as to what would have happened in 1936 if the atrocities in Nazi Germany was telecast?

🤔 #WhatIf the answer was in creating an environment which makes possible the ability to unlock the potential in every learner?

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In his keynote for Leading a Digital School, Derek Wenmoth warned that if anyone says that they have the answer to be suspicious. I wonder if ‘the answer’ is in each of us as learners? Explorers of our own practice? In our own context? Working collaboratively and critically with others? I often share the Modern Learning Canvas and wondering if I do so as an ‘answer’. I think that answers are those which support us, provide tools and scaffolds, to find our own answers. Not sure if that makes sense, thoughts?

🤔 #WhatIf everything that we do is just an act of empire building?

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So today is Friday, I decided to send out a (Follow Friday). My intent was to celebrate some of the voices whose voices (both physical and virtual) have impacted my thinking this week. As I do, I recognised the power of the village. In response I got some feedback that maybe it is really about empire building? I don’t think that it is, but then if others do what does it matter what I think? So what if all my actions are about empire building? What impact does this have on networks and community? Just wondering …Â

🤔 #WhatIf we solved real problems on the fly as a keynote? #digital16

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What if we flipped the keynote, provided a short provocation and from there used the time allocated for the keynote to model authentic problem solving in real time? Is this beyond the realm of possibility? Would this be useful? Just wondering.

🤔 #whatif the strategies we use in the classroom were directly linked to the stage of the learner?

In a recent post by Peter DeWitt he reflects upon learning styles suggesting that our focus should be on learning strategies. I Wonder though whether talking about ‘strategies’ in themselves misses something as well? What if instead of dipping into a pre-concieved bag of what worked, teachers had the capabilities to build and adapt strategies to the specific needs of the learner?Â