Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #173 by an author (W. Ian O'Byrne)
Lately I’ve been spending more and more time using voice typing on my mobile keyboard. I don’t know why it took me this long, but I’m using it more often. On my Android device, there is also the option to send a voice message as opposed to text messages. I’ve been wondering why someone would send short voice clips, as opposed to just call. Well…apparently a lot of people.
The move to voice is interesting. I have long used Voxer (not mentioned in the article), although have waned of late. I really like the asynchronous nature of such mediums. One concern I have is that of data and ownership. It is one thing to be giving my text to third parties, but it just feels like voice adds a whole different dataset to be mined?
Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #171 by Ian O'Byrne (W. Ian O'Byrne)
I’m currently reading Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci. It’s a fascinating read that is making me question a lot of my thinking about these digital, social spaces.
I too have started reading Twitter and Tear Gas. I too am being challenged by it. I somehow thought that it wouldn’t be applicable in the field of EdTech. What it has me thinking is that in ‘networked publics’ there is not imaginary line where EdTech (whatever that actually means) starts and stops.

Thank you too for the shoutout. It definitely has sparked some interesting conversation. I read a post today about mindfulness apps, yet it overlooked the collection of data associated with the completion of various. We are asked to be conscious of our breathing, yet ignore the data that we share on a daily basis.

Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #169 by Ian O'Byrne (W. Ian O'Byrne)
The latest update to Pocket improves on its text-to-speech feature. This will allow the app to read your bookmarked pages to you. This is a great opportunity to save pages, and listen to them during your commute, or going for a walk. I’m definitely testing this out in my classes…and recommending it for students.
I am glad that Pocket has improved the text-to-speech feature. I found it frustrating when listening hands free and it would stop playing when it hit a post that was not downloaded. This seems to be resolved.

I have written about my workflow elsewhere, but find it useful when saving longer posts for later. Basically, I start with Inoreader. If the post is too long to read I save it. Definitely a useful tool for students to have in toolography.

Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #168 (W. Ian O'Byrne)
Schools are increasingly looking for ways to secure their campuses while not making the school look like a prison encampment.
The progressive move to surveillance is concerning. Whether it be China’s use of social or the fictional representations by Genevieve Valentine featured in a recent Mozilla podcast. I really like Audrey Watters recent point about who and where:

Why windows? What kinds of windows? Which classrooms, whose classrooms have sunlight? Which doors have locks? Who has the key? Which schools have metal detectors? Which schools have surveillance cameras? When were these technologies installed, and why?

Replied to Issue #119 of the TL;DR Newsletter - rethinking the simple bare necessities. by Ian O'Byrne (
TL;DR is a summary of all the great stuff I read so you don't have to...but I encourage it. Welcome to Issue #144. The Dalai Lama reminds us that "A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity."
Thanks Ian for the mention, thinking I should have put a bit more effort into the title of my post. Doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue. Glad you found it useful. There seems to be some complaints about SNAP, but I haven’t worked out the issue yet.

I am also in the process of adding my Facebook data to my site, however I think that is definitely a case of PESOS. This is all the otherside of the DoOO discussion.