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  1. Aug 2016
    1. Changing human lives in some small but significant way. Really giving, affirming, improving life.

      What matters?

      changing human lives for the better

      really giving

      affirming and improving life

      A lot of vaguery here. Let us get specific on this Hackpad.

    2. That’s not to say billions of dollars will shower down on you from the sky if you do. Bur

      How doing something that matters matters. Well, put and very humble. I love the one that says, "If in matters it won't kill you."

    3. So what does? Doing something that matters.

      Amen. "Hard work" is one of those powerfully foolish abstract nouns. Don't let it hold sway.

    4. I know plenty of people, especially young people, who’ve worked themselves to the bone. Educationally, professionally, personally. And guess what? There’s no pot at the end of the rainbow anymore.

      Millenial experience as opposed to Boomer values. Be a flaneur

      https://vimeo.com/19873779

    5. recapitulation

      If you do a cursory look up of the word it is wide ranging across many disciplines--in more general terms, a recapitulation is a mapping.

    6. Hard Work Doesn’t Equal Success. Mattering Can Transcend It.

      Imagine that. Cool.

    1. analyzing process points

      Feedback and assessment. Is this another one of those false binaries? I'd argue not. The latter is what the USDA does in a meat packing plant. The former is what a chef might do if she could advise her lamb provider how to grow a better quality lamb for her restaurant clients. Yeah, I know, that feedback doesn't exist. I don't think assessment is moving in another direction unless it moves toward feedback and away from ...assessment.

    2. keep calm

      This is the best advice of all. How often do we advise students on the emotional temper that we need to have when we write? Shouldn't that be part of any "template", the emotional design?

    3. the process is more important than the product, most of the time

      This binary is the bane of our profession. It's all process and its all product. Is this a distinction without a difference?

    4. it’s an intentional design of the classroom experience to help students explore writing in different angles, with different strategies, for different reasons.

      I know this is what we do as teachers...we design. We construct 'safe' environments for students. Up to a certain age I think the only skin in the game that learners should have is what they decide to ante up themselves, their passion for learning, no grades just observations. But at some point, they gotta eat some dirt. I am not for throwing kids in the deep end (see this week's This American Life: http://goo.gl/NfuhNo) but that scaffolding has got to come down at some point and their ladders have to come out. It may be a weak analogy, but they have to get strong. Tools like Troy Hicks MAPS are just that, a tool. There are others. Like weight training regimen, most of them work until they don't. Why? Because we don't make them our own. It is somebody else's template. And that is fine up to a point. I can rarely get folks to agree with me on this, but in the end learning must be personal and mostly idiosyncratic. And by that I don't mean that all learners are iconoclasts but rather that all learners worthy of that name have their own style, angle, strategies, and reasons. You must move past the intentional design to an internal design that is you, unique as your voice and as singular as your brain waves.

    5. we teachers need be doing the technology, too

      I asked my students last week what kinds of apps, programs, web links they could be showing me. I said to put them up on our Twitter hashtag, on our Remind account, on a Hackpad I have set up, on a G+ community "we" are using. My hope is that with many redundant channels the message will break through my thick skull. THEY DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A UNIQUE AND CLEAR SIGNAL THAT IS WORTH SHARING.

    6. nodding my head here

      Me, too, but for a different reason. Hindsight is perfect. We justify ex post facto. History disposes, turning facts into what it says is truth. The quote by Sibberson is actually quite nuanced, a helluva lot more than my teaching is. Franki says that writing in the classroom is a conversation, one that by definition is at least a two-way channel. Too true, but the devil of facilitating that channel is in the details that are always shifting underfoot. No one way. No true way. And the truth that I have discovered (notice that is a little "t") is that most people given half a chance are not particularly passionate about writing. Most aren't given even half a chance at any point in their reading and writing 'careers'. I am still figuring out at the university level how to promote passion or, failing that, how to instill an attitude of careful craft. I work with students who have been failed in horrendous ways. They are categorized as students who need remediation. Ugggh. Never. What Sibberson advocates for here is more close listening to the channel, more careful translation, more careful risk-taking. It is hilarious (and sad) how badly words fail us as we try to share with each other how to do that. Hilarious and sad.

    1. I don't know how to respond or if I should respond. I guess I already did. Fuck it, dude. Let's go bowling.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG09C25LQlU

    2. "We tend towards disorder."

      No shit.

    3. A sort of rythm which plays free jazz-like between our lines.
    4. punctuated by moments of ridicule. 
    5. "What happens when we transmit the repeated message, You are broken, here let me fix you? or worse, Shh, let's ignore all it and be happy?"

      Eitherororneithernornor, such forks are horrors

      Forks Charles Simic

      This strange thing must have crept

      Right out of hell.

      It resembles a bird’s foot

      Worn around the cannibal’s neck.

      As you hold it in your hand,

      As you stab with it into a piece of meat,

      It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird:

      Its head which like your fist

      Is large, bald, beakless, and blind.

    6. laugh weakly

    7. struck by a vision.

    8. I really hate this fucking song.
    9. The fucking walnut veneer, brass handled drama freaked me out.
    10. centre cannot hold

      It can hold, it does hold, just not forever.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-3MIBxQTw

    11. Things fall apart

      “If you don't like my story,write your own” ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

    12. a raw post

      raw...like meat...like real...like Iggy

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mZ0sSStW6Y

      Dance to the beat of the livin dead Lose sleep, baby, and stay away from bed Raw power is sure to come a-runnin' to you If you're alone and you got no fear So am I baby let's move on out of here Raw power is sure to come a-runnin' to you Raw power got a magic touch Raw power is much too much Happiness is guaranteed It was made for you and me Raw power, honey, just won't quit Raw power, I can feel it Raw power, it can't be beat Poppin' eyes and flashin' feet Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do Everybody always tryin to tell me what to do

      Look in the eyes of a savage girl Fall deep in love in the underworld Raw power is sure to come a-runnin' to you If you're alone and you got the shakes So am I, baby and I got what it takes Raw power is sure to come a-runnin' to you Raw power got a healin' hand Raw power can destroy a man Raw power, it's more than soul Got a son called rock and roll Raw power, honey, just won't quit Raw power, I can feel it Raw power, honey, can't be beat Get down, baby and a kiss my feet Everybody always tryin' to tell me what to do Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do Everybody always tryin' to tell me what to do Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do

      Raw power has got no place to go Raw power, honey, it don't want to know Raw power is a guaranteed O.D Raw power is laughin' at you and me

      This is what I wanna know Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Oh, honey, feel it Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Raw power Raw power Raw power Raw power Can you feel it? Feel it Raw power Raw power Raw power Raw power Raw power Raw power Can you feel it, baby?

    13. Seizing the perimeter

      Perimeters. Landscape. Equilibrium. Look out. There be rocks, abstract noun kraken tearing apart the ship of feeling. What a gavotte, a fucking Morris dance that I can't dance.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSdkPMc7aEo

    1. tell better stories and translate boring data into beautiful visual content right in your browser. Share or download using our all in one easy-to-use editor.

      looks pretty versatile

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    1. Adding this as a test of stuff and things and orphans.

      final test of the thngy for the thingy

    2. "oh, i don't know."So...I am aware to some degree or other about othering. Now what? Curated by tellio.

      testing the orphan tab

    1. "oh, i don't know."

      So...I am aware to some degree or other about othering. Now what?

    2. The other.

      I like to think of this word in one of its earliest meanings: either.

      The word and its world is locked in a yin yang. And why not? We are bipedial, binociular, binary brained, two-handed. The other and othering is embodied. Utterly. The world on the other hand (you see) is manifold, multilateral, messy and amusingly non-compliantly

    1. Thanks for giving me a venue to vent. I just spent hours upon hours that I won't get back trying to engage with folks who don't really care about me except to other me with their ideas of white male privilege. Yes, I am white and privileged because of that. OK, now what? Do you want me to change? How do you want me to change that condition? Of course this is tripwire territory. I don't give a shit. Let the claymores jump up to chest level and do what they do best.

    2. Is it so difficult to [under]stand?

    3. Twitter wouldn't do.

      You can't talk to a hashtag.

    4. A remark of Jesse Stommel came back to me.

      I think Twitter is Google's Stupid Translator. Then again I think of journal articles as Stupid Expanders.Words are hopeless hooligans but I'm with them as long as they buy the first round.

    5. Shriek.
    6. Shriek.

    7. Shriek.

    8. who has no doubt spent hours preparing for this moment.

      YOu can't close read reality as it happens? That is what the gut and the soul are for--those wordless, non-complexity reducifiers?

    9. Shriek.

    10. Shriek.

    11. No, words just won't do...

      Yet...they just did. Words about complexity reduce complexity. so....fucking....what.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjibEkDoXQc

    12. reduces complexity.

      Well...fuck. I guess thinking reduces complexity. Don't let complexity be the enemy to doing shit.

    1. connect to issues of identity and difference that are pressing within the US.

      Yes, there is a tendency to consider the US as monolithically privileged in these conversations. It is not. I live in a rural area that is extremely lucky to have any utility service at all. If it were not for the New Deal in the 1930's and the development of rural telephone and electic coops, there would be no internet in the boondocks. if we had to electrify the boondocks today, certain political elements would shrug and say, "I got mine and the devil take the hindmost." We are not all the same in the US.

    2. You can watch live (or recorded) at this YouTube link (we hope YouTube works or at least streams well enough in your country).

      Ever consider using Periscope or one of its variants for doing adhoc livestreaming from #digped? I know I am fond of laying extra work on youse guys, but perhaps we need to have a streaming jockey at conferences--and there only job is adhoc, getting the flavor of the conference, person on the street interviews.

    1. more than 1,500 educators and leaders of public, private and charter schools

      Do you even need teachers in this system? Perhaps we will call them concierges and pay them like Trump would pay his hotel and casino workers. You would certainly need more of them under any kind of coaching, mentoring regime.

    2. used

      This is the difference between these two products. The agency is direct with Google. I use Google Classroom. Here it is flipped. Facebook uses you and your inputs to filter out--what? Is there any proof that what FB filters is connected well with the incredibly complexity of learner curiosity and passion. I can only say that Zuckerberg and his minions must have poured over Skinner's pigeon experiments because now he is giving us all the bird.

    3. The idea is to encourage students to develop skills, like resourcefulness and time management, that might help them succeed in college.

      I am assuming that there is strong data that establishes a strong correlation between this LMS and resourcefulness-timemanagement-college success? How many acts of faith can dance on the head of a pin?

    4. student-directed learning system

      How can they say student-directed. It's a Facebook algorithm.

    5. Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship.

      Which student-teacher relationship? It is not monolithic. The power relationship? The sharing relationship? Or the whole relationship? When they are done will there be teachers anymore? If it can be done by a robot algorithm then is should be done by a robot algorithm?

    1. The image represents all participants converging to create a mesh of resources and opportunities.

      Not quite. There are two other classes of participants: lurkers and virtual connectors. I am one of the virtual participant who is both allied to one of your inner circle of participants, @vconnecting, and as a free agent. For example, I wanted to share the keynotes via the video annotation cloud program, Vialogues.com. For some reason they are unembeddable, Your cloud tag of participants has an impermeable boundary that keeps my message from getting through. I finally did make contact with @cogdog and Alan tweeted out some support. As of now...no response. Is this because you have a pre-set mesh, is it because the IRL demands of the institute demand inner focus, or is it because designing for virtual participation was at best an afterthought?

    2. people making connections in serendipitous ways.

      I am drawn to the work of James C. Scott, Seeing like a State. The best summary of his idea of legibility is on V. Rao's web site Ribbonfarm. Since we can also annotate with images, the one on that site from Scott's book is dispositive.

    3. Thanks so much for doing this Chris. For those of us who are connecting virtually these road maps help us quell the FOMO and embrace the JOMO.

    4. ways in which institutions marginalize people

      My attendance as a virtual participant makes me connect with the marginalization of those who are on the outside looking into #digped. It is unconscious for the most part and mitigated by the work of folks like Virtually Connecting. I understand the distraction and pressure on organizers to satisfy the needs of those who signed up and attended. In truth, they are in the first class seating. Unless you do serious pre-planning or a separate virtual institute, well...you get what you get. It does, however, violate my own personal online ethos

    1. Carry On!

      Haven't read this in years. I had Service's selected poetry when I was in junior high. Loved it.

    2. colossal Wreck

      I feel the weight of the zeitgeist sometimes and think I know what is going to happen. Or I think I know what I want to happen. But I feel so much like a man from the future viewing the throne of Oxymandias. Instead it is limestone building with stone columns with the names of long dead white guys inscribed in stone on the frieze. My building on my campus...

    1. The map is not the territory, but this comes damn close.

    2. It's up to each of us. 

      This was the Sanders message. I am anxiously waiting to see how it is taken up among my students.

    3. Eventually some will reach back, touch you, and say "let's connect".

      I hope you don't mind. I adapted this line to fit a poster with credit. It really is this simple when you come down to it. Like so many complex behaviors, they almost always start out as a couple of simple initial conditions.

    1. Sample instructions: Extra credit for up to 3% of the grade: 1) Get your own account at Hypothes.is at https://hypothes.is/register. Please use your name as enrolled for the username. 2) Join the test group at https://hypothes.is/groups/n3an6ndm/test-group. 3) Go to https://via.hypothes.is/fand.lunarservers.com/~lisahi2/hist104/AnAggravatingAbsence.pdf 4) Annotate the article with your own responses and answer those of others. Annotations are graded on academic quality, connections to coursework, acknowledgement’s of others’ ideas, and evidence of understanding of the article

      Most def gonna steal this.

    1. It is quite possible that the ideas would be the same.

      Yeah, perhaps, but what I think you are talking about here is tempo. Different media have different tempi. Some largo and others allegro.

    2. Maybe this is due to the unified, polished quality of published writing

      Maybe we can call it fat longform writing. In need of trimming but, meh, let it fucking stand.

    3. the morning, the unknown, the need to let ideas simmer

      Sounds like a poem

      the morning

      the unknown

      the simmer

      done

    4. accentuates mood

      Like how your images also invoke mood as well, little windows into your mind's eye.

    5. shape the 10 minutes

      neat sculptor metaphor here, maybe a potter on a wheel. Here's the clay blank and here you go.

    6. There were pauses, non-sequiturs, and stumbling attempts to formulate questions (by me).

      raw material

    7. A Take-away

      Got me thinking about a nuts and bolts on how my writing gets from zero to done.

    1. I’m still looking for that extra hour in my day. I think it’s hiding with the cleaning fairy.

      Gotta love all your thinking out loud here. I love "process posts" like this one and I really want to hear more. I have put you in my feed reader and will be checking back regularly.

    2. Read the post. It’s about seeing which student to student connections are there and seeing which student to student connections are NOT there

      I would be very careful here. I am not suggesting that you not do this. Do it! Be aware of the unknown unknowns that lurk in every one of these visualizations. This is my grain of salt lecture, sorries. What is revealed is amazing and lulls us into the bias of WYSIWYG. I just listened to a grand podcast on Radiolab called from "Tree to Shining Tree" It is a must listen in order to recalibrate our hubris meters. You will love it and I think it is a way to leaven the work you are contemplating here. I look forward to hearing more.

      http://www.radiolab.org/story/from-tree-to-shining-tree/

    3. How many of our students are in idea bubbles?

      I really like this, but here is my guess: 100%

    4. But, this dynamic map of the conversation, it’s a game changer.

      If they use Twitter. I would like to a Snapchat or Whatsapp version of this or an Instagram version.

    5. Game over. No work is happening. (But it’s good. I mean it’s learning, right.)

      Here's another version of that graphic snapshot but more conventional and parsed out.

      Here it is.

    6. I’m thinking about the big picture of connections and community rather than the small, one-one conversations

      Nice.

    7. se it to improve my podcasting ideas

      been wanting to do some podcasting myself, don't know how to start, especially don't know how to carry forth after the first one.

    8. Community Connections

      Week Three theme for #clmooc

    1. how vastly my loneliness was deepened

      I ain't buying this as actually the young Billy Collins. These are not puerile thoughts. I guess I am projecting my own puerile self here, but this is the young would-be poet being channeled by the older poet. As seen in Yeats' "When You Are Old"

    2. into your head
    3. he notes are ferocious

    4. Marginalia

      Here is a Hackpad if anyone wants to go off book and add to the context of 'marginalia' in any way. The hackpad is editable as well as embeddable.

    5. As always if the page is too crowded just let me know and I will make my public notes private.

    6. Nonsense

    1. it's also an in-app purchase game, which is the least social, most obnoxious way to kill the vibe

      lest we fergit--it's all about the money Lebowski! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV59cxMsFnU

    2. Music industry experts

      Who? Straw man setup here.

    3. let’s step back and start thinking about how we can create more opportunities for young people to be meaningfully connected in an augmented way.

      I think we need to do the opposite, back off. Maybe the only opportunities we need to give them are ones that invite them to make their own....opportunities.

    4. They are just given too few opportunities to do so.

      Assumption here is that unless we "give them opportunities" to socialize, they won't. Exactly the same assumption many in education have: if we don't teach them they won't learn. Rubbish. I am confused here. Surely someone who has spent so much of her research life being in on teen zeitgeist would not ever take teen agency away. I see teen agency all the time, just not in my adult spaces.

      Reminds me of this cultural appropriation:

    1. The words inside a paragraph worked together for a common purpose. They had some specific reason for being inside the same fence.

    1. And Pokémon Go undermines

      Turkle argues the our definition of screen time has been made moot by Pokemon Go because you take the screen into the world. When I take a picture or shoot a video am I taking the screen into the world? I am suggesting that Turkle is the one with the naive approach. I suggest that any tool is marked as such by its ability to "take you into the world" . I take a picture of my tractor brakes before I take them apart. I guess if I wore a pair of WR goggles I could be like the Honda mechanic who wears a pair of Google Glasses in order to find parts in the inventory and videos with repair suggestions, but I am not at all sure that the reality there is substantively different than looking in a parts book to do the same thing. Is virtual real? Yes, considering that reality is all constructed in the mind anyway including what comes from our sensorium. It is real. Not exactly news, is it?

    2. the consistency and consequences of the physical world are so central to our relationships

      Huh? An example here?

    3. Addressing real problems

      As opposed to addressing virtual problems. See above: real and virtual problems are both...problems. distinction without a difference? Well, I suppose a real knife in PokemonGo would be quite different than a virtual one, but both are problems, yes?

    4. real

      There are a black hole's worth of assumptions in this world and its binary virtual-real.

  2. Jul 2016
    1. I don't think hope is very much. It's feeling a light summer breeze on the skin one day in July

      Hope isn't very much but what it is. Hope you don't mind what I did with the repetition.

    2. Light summer breeze
    3. Never do nothing
    4. There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want

      The original strip where I quoted from.<br>

    5. Ensor

      I B Loving yer gimme cap. That's what they calls 'em 'round here.

    1. My next challenge is how to feed this forward

      Another version of feedforward as a tool: http://faculty.medicine.umich.edu/sites/default/files/resources/feedforward.pdf Wanna try it?

    2. what I would like to do is use this to re-purpose Terry's message.

      Thanks for playing the game, a seriocomic game.

    3. Why would I bother? What's in it for me? What could I learn?
    1. Job description anyone

      From the Occupational Handbook w/ some attitude.

    2. hoss

      hoss = horse

      I have included a video of the greatest thoroughbred horse ever. A 'hoss' if ever there was one. For those who are not aficionados, note that Secretariat's 1:59 second race was a track record that is still the track record. The field may have had the very best speed horse ever, Sham, and the best gelding to ever race, Forego. The race itself is scintillating with Secretariat lurking at about sixth until the final turn. And then the big hoss just takes over. In racing this is called "rating", getting the measure of the other horses and then beating them, demoralizing them. If you notice in the stretch turn, Secretariat strays way out from the rail, a bad idea for most horses because you are asking it to run more track than those along the rail. Some jockeys get fired for this, but Ron Turcotte here, planned this from the beginning. He knew what champion he had. He didn't go to the whip at any time. That horse wanted to beat the others pure and simple.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Usj3K4oZ0

    3. Boundary Catalysts

      If you are wondering what some of these boundaries might be, then check out this pen pal workshop for more guidance on boundaries between pen pals and prisoners. Here are a few of the listed boundaries if you want it quick:

      "Having trouble deciding if you want to visit your pen pal, or should you send money or packages, or how to respectfully set sexual boundaries? This workshop will open up the challenging conversation about setting personal boundaries as well as developing/maintaining respectful, accountable relationships through letter writing with pen pals inside prison walls."

    4. crossover moves

      The crossover is an elite move on the basketball court that involves the whole body in an attempt to fake out your opponent as you drive to the basket.<br> How does this apply to the post on the left? I am always advocating that teachers need to read outside their disciplines, to 'crossover' to other disciplines as you drive to the hoop. Well, I guess the metaphor breaks down quickly, so I hope you get the idea.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefPFtiL4AE

    1. Hanlon’s Razor — “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by carelessness.”)
    1. Whistling While They Worked: The Need for Creative Freedom in Collaborative Projects

      Have at it in the best spirit of real work in the realest of worlds--fiction. Gr8 work in the class and great work in drawing out the process undergone and well done.

    1. Once you figure out you can’t break anything on the Internet, getting your hands dirty by experimenting can present incredible stretches of that “flow” that comes with intense immersion in a task.
    1. not about starting a conversation at all

      Every question is a "barn raising"?

    2. what’s key here is the transactional nature of it

      One-to-one, no mutual common aid, no working together. Lone scholar/genius mentality.

    1. how inventions come to invent
    2. Kennedy explores through stories many inventions

      Have you seen Johnson's PBS series? Here it is.

    3. Most invention ideas go nowhere in the short run, but sometimes, those nowhere ideas lead to something else, and then …. who knows. It might lead to an idea that can change the world.

      Sounds to me like "infinite play". "There is no rule that says you have to follow the rules."

    4. you should see the bags of books she brought home)

    1. There is no rule that says you have to follow the rules.

      yes.

    1. Therulesofafinitegamearepredeterminedand fixed.Therulesofan infinitegamemustchangein thecourseofplay,toavoid afiniteoutcome.Therulesofaninfinitegamearechanged to preventanyonefromwinningand to bring asmanypersonsaspossibleinto theplay

      Wow.

    1. Infinite players are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.

      yes

    2. Infinite players are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.

      Ineffability of the infinite game.

    1. “I’m wary of promises that more technology is the answer to problems caused by the overuse of technology,

      Reminds me of gun nut argument: the solution to mass gun death...is even more massive gun ownership. Tech solutionism is ubiquitous and corrupting.

    1. right-click

      Windows=right-click Mac=context menu

    2. Diigo

      Diigo is my 'comfy' link, image, and pdf collector. It serves the same function as Hypothes.is--annotator and aggregator. It has many more functions than Hypothes.is including outlining, screenshots, autoblogging.

    3. Zotero

      Zotero is my go-to academic info database. It gathers meta-tags so that it can automatically create citations, bibliographies, and reports. Unlike its competitor Mendeley, it is open source and free. It works as a standalone and as an extension.

    1. A button to copy individual annotations to the clipboard

      John, you sent me a link for this which I promptly lost in the siliconslide that is my puter. Can you send it again? I will UX the shit out of it.

    1. VR will be a new and unique “empathy machine.”

      This was the first one I saw that wasn't the equivalent to a rollercoaster. It did make me empathic where I had not been before.

      https://youtu.be/ecavbpCuvkI

    2. that the positive benefits of going on actual field trips

      I don't know whether IRL field trips are much benefit either.

    3. Educational Stereoscopy
    4. The Sword of Damocles,
    5. seen record-setting levels of venture capital

      Yes, a bubble. Wait for it. Wait for it. Just click your heels together and say to yourself, "Second Life, Second Life, Second Life."

    6. Horizon Reports

      Prima facie evidence of the foolish practice of futurology. As Jesus said in The Big Leboski, "Laughable."

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3_ww66EeN8

    7. we’re still two to three years out from widespread adoption of VR.

      I agree with N. Taleb that black swans are only retroactively predictable. I always predict that it will always be something else. I am always right.

    8. Virtual simulations promise that learning experiences can be undertaken more safely (and sometimes more cost-effectively).

      I recall my most recent introduction to VR was one of the early NYT attempts. This one showed a food drop in Sudan. I really felt something new with that VR video. I felt empathy because I was surrounded (something I could see AND feel around me) by folks who were racing to get at the parachuting food palettes drifting down and landing. The point being that the experience was embodied. For some small percentage of people VR is incredibly embodied--they get very powerful motion sickness.

    9. the erasure of embodiment

      I have no idea what this means. I need more context, more examples, more 'embodiment'.

    1. seems to be a hit with many readers.

      I am thinking to myself, "Self? What kind of knowledge is this that can be tested in such ways?" I would answer, "Pretty inconsequential." But the adjacent possibilities this tool opens is not.

      I would rather students make their own damned quizzes for themselves or their peers here, then as a group create a collaborative quiz and critique what is being tested and what isn't. I guess what I am saying is that this is a very potent tool. Let's not just use it for its lowest purpose.

    1. Why don’t more innovative ideas have huge REMIX THIS buttons?

      A: I think it is because it all because we are all playing the copyright-brand-registeredtradmark lottery. You can win if you don't play. Your chances at the jackpot are astronomically low so I say, "Don't play that fucking game." It is for the 'commons illiterate'.

    2. Why isn’t there more of this?

      A: When the system is sick, no one is whole.

    3. We celebrate this with family trees.

      Can't argue with the humanoid brand though, can you.

    4. If your seeds find root, your audience will find you and support you.

      And what if they don't? Is Doctorow a closet Darwinist here? This smacks of the phrase, "If you so smart, why ain't you rich?" Or modified here:

    5. It puts faith in the notion of something will be planted somewhere, and the world will continue.

      Reminds me of the novel, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn where he talks about givers and takers.

    6. If I didn’t want that to happen or unfold that way, I probably should have kept the idea to myself or tried to sell it with licensing restrictions — a phrase that gives me pause even as I write it.

      In connected learning, as we connect we learn. The network is the way we learn and we learn together. Learning is by definition a commons, shared and unbranded. What we create together WE own together with all the rights and duties attached to that knowledge and learning.

    7. It’s not just a question of a single item

      At some point we have to acknowledge that all creation arises from culture and zeitgeist in part. What percentage of this new creation that is owed to culture and what percentage is new thinking by an artist in that culture has yet to be decided, but I think it is inarguable that everything we create arises 100% from one person. How much of Walt Disney's fortune is due to the public domain stories of the Brothers Grimm? You cannot argue 0%.

    1. a recent Audrey Watters post

      Join us here on Audrey's page.

      Remember that this is someone else's field. Be playful and be kind, but be true and honor the work with that truth.

    1. #SilentSunday

      I have always found this hashtag ironic. How can a picture be silent? What follows is a riff on this rhetorical question.

    2. One

      Stone steps, jackrock stones, limestone from a nearby fallen foundation cemented into a back 'stoop', and a weed.

      Weeds are plants that we can't use that are in inconvenient places. Here is part of the story about this one. Our old weedwhacker finally gave it up after long and loyal use. I did my homework and much to my consuming surprise I discovered that electric string trimmers have entered the world of real work. So I got one. It was lighter and quieter and better balanced than our old Echo model. And the only sound it did make was more like a hive of busy bees than the angry ones the old trimmer made. Big win. My wife went nuts trimming around the back stoop, but she left this flower intact. She decided at some point to redefine what this plant was. Not a weed. In moments like these I can scarcely believe the depth of feeling that rises up. I would have saved the weed, too, just like we save errant box turtles in the road and luna moths confused on the ground and birds that crash our glass but survive if given a safe perch.

    3. two

      Why must "silent Sunday" photos always be panoramic or colorful or perfectly composed or a tower of mastery? We know the colorful birds, but we deny the brown and dusky night jar with its incredible "whipporwhill" call. I wanted to celebrate the weed. I do not know the names of most weeds like this. It is possible there is a cure for diabetes hidden in here, but that is not why I value it. I love it for its persistence in the face of all that wants it dead including the lame aesthetic that values big, beautiful, well made compositions. I love it for is don't give an effing eff attitude. I love it for its I will be back even if you pull me out.

    4. three

      I love it for this wee white flower that says, " I am not the macro or the mondo, but I am in the micro bigger than all the others." I am a mystery. I serve no purpose. All I do is live with desire for history or celebrity. In fact I would rather no fuss be made at all.

    5. four

      Mostly, I love this because it makes me realize how much I love she who spared it. It is that same compassion that makes me a better man than I could have ever hoped. We work together and we share a happy ethos that knows our time is very short on this planet and that we must save what we can, even the humble weed on the back door stoop. Especially that week. I am that weed.

    6. Check the Margins for Some Noise
    7. four

      Mostly, I love this because it makes me realize how much I love she who spared it. It is that same compassion that makes me a better man than I could have ever hoped. We work together and we share a happy ethos that knows our time is very short on this planet and that we must save what we can, even the humble weed on the back door stoop. Especially that week. I am that weed.

    8. three

      I love it for this wee white flower that says, " I am not the macro or the mondo, but I am in the micro bigger than all the others." I am a mystery. I serve no purpose. All I do is live with desire for history or celebrity. In fact I would rather no fuss be made at all.

    9. two

      Why must "silent Sunday" photos always be panoramic or colorful or perfectly composed or a tower of mastery? We know the colorful birds, but we deny the brown and dusky night jar with its incredible "whipporwhill" call. I wanted to celebrate the weed. I do not know the names of most weeds like this. It is possible there is a cure for diabetes hidden in here, but that is not why I value it. I love it for its persistence in the face of all that wants it dead including the lame aesthetic that values big, beautiful, well made compositions. I love it for is don't give an effing eff attitude. I love it for its I will be back even if you pull me out.

    10. One

      Stone steps, jackrock stones, limestone from a nearby fallen foundation cemented into a back 'stoop', and a weed.

      Weeds are plants that we can't use that are in inconvenient places. Here is part of the story about this one. Our old weedwhacker finally gave it up after long and loyal use. I did my homework and much to my consuming surprise I discovered that electric string trimmers have entered the world of real work. So I got one. It was lighter and quieter and better balanced than our old Echo model. And the only sound it did make was more like a hive of busy bees than the angry ones the old trimmer made. Big win. My wife went nuts trimming around the back stoop, but she left this flower intact. She decided at some point to redefine what this plant was. Not a weed. In moments like these I can scarcely believe the depth of feeling that rises up. I would have saved the weed, too, just like we save errant box turtles in the road and luna moths confused on the ground and birds that crash our glass but survive if given a safe perch.

    11. #SilentSunday

      I have always found this hashtag ironic. How can a picture be silent? What follows is a riff on this rhetorical question.

    1. ideology, inequality, and higher education, with a specific focus on for-profit education through the lens of race, class, and gender

      That's a lot spinning plates.

    2. be posting the video-recording soon.)
    3. More importantly, more urgently, is this "trick" being hard-coded, hard-wired into the infrastructure of our schools?

      Of course, schools have ever been tools and it all depends on who has grabbed the handle. Well...who? Wanna get used? Go to school and be a tool.

    1. apish run

      Here's my go at your antispam-genesis:

      The kids said I had an apish run. Considering much of the dna of apes and homo sapiens is the same, that shouldn't be a surprise. I prefer it be called a shambling run...with my path in the tops of trees. That really would be apish, wouldn't it. Or so Professor Emery would say. That brings back memories.

  3. Jun 2016
    1. professionally and personally.

      The three p's: personal, professional, pedagogical. Here is a Venn diagram

      Instead of imagining the boundaries as fixed, think of them as permeable, then imagine they are lungs, breathing. Sometime we are breathing in the pedagogical realm and it expands to our personal lives.

    1. “‘Tain’t necessarily so.”

      https://youtu.be/kP5O_NUhrK0?t=47s

      Ya gotta have some fun in the margins, but I am showing here how easy it is to use video as an annotation. All you have to do is paste the url for the video here.

      Just to show you that you can embed Vimeo vids here as well, here is another version via Oscar Peterson:

      https://vimeo.com/71646902

    2. this Google Talk.

      I am using this annotation to show you a head-to-head matchup of two video annotation tools, Vialogues and Vibby.

      Vialogues

      Vibby

      So far not much difference except that you can share an individual vibby comment via twitter. Of course, Vialogues is a not for profit tool and Vibby isn't. Also, you can highlight certain parts of a video with Vibby.

    3. my marked copy

      I took a photo of my book with my Android phone imported it into SnagIt using a cool app call TechSmith Fuse. This app directly imports it into my desktop version of SnagIt. Then I 'inverted' the photo to get the photoneg effect. Voila and uploaded to my blog. I could have also used the same embed trick by uploading it to my Google Drive. Don't know why I didn't.

    4. listen here:

      I downloaded the audio as an mp3 using Peggo.

      Then I saved it to my Google Drive where I have tons of space. Once there I got the embed code from that file and placed it in here. I like the spare audio player and I like that all the stuff is served from my Google account. More teachers should take advantage of the embed function in Google Drive.

    5. echo chamber/filter bubble

      How to break the filter bubble, a guide by DuckDuckGo.

    6. Shell of the Game

    7. Read outside your discipline.

      I created this image using Pablo directly as I was writing the post. Once installed on Chrome, Pablo is in the right click menu no sweat and handy for improvisational meme and quote making.

    8. the image below

      I created this image in Pablo. So easy. So effective. So satisfying.

    1. you all are still there

    2. keeping my head above water
    3. As you know

      AYKB is an an acronym for the TV trope "as you know, Bob" Here is a discussion of it.

    4. HOw to pick through it all
    5. so much information

    6. I loved the poem on the blog from yesterday

      This is just to say I Ioved the poem on your blog yesterday

      Forgive me I commented but it did not show up

    7. I loved the poem on the blog from yesterday. I had commented but my comment did not show up.

      This reminds me of the wm carlos wms poem

      This Is Just To Say

      I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox

      and which you were probably saving for breakfast

      Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold

    1. The greatest nation on earth

      American exceptionalism might be how we got in this mess.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em3T5KnLAX0

    2. And are military assault rifles really necessary in a civilized country?

    3. yet we are no safer now

    4. one type of gun.

      Squirt guns? Caulking guns?

    5. Even the most devout gun owners should be able to get behind keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists.

      Here is the oppo view, pretty ugly. Hard to climb up that point of view, ain't it? Why can't we get along? Because some of these fuckers are just wrong. Wrong like below.

    6. A Way Out of No Way

      For some reason I was reminded of the Talking Heads song.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWtCittJyr0

      Well we know where we're going But we don't know where we've been And we know what we're knowing But we can't say what we've seen And we're not little children And we know what we want And the future is certain Give us time to work it out

      Yeah

      We're on a road to nowhere Come on inside Taking that ride to nowhere We'll take that ride I'm feeling okay this morning And you know We're on the road to paradise Here we go, here we go

      We're on a ride to nowhere Come on inside Taking that ride to nowhere We'll take that ride Maybe you wonder where you are I don't care Here is where time is on our side Take you there, take you there

      We're on a road to nowhere We're on a road to nowhere We're on a road to nowhere

      There's a city in my mind Come along and take that ride And it's alright, baby, it's all right And it's very far away But it's growing day by day and it's all right Baby, it's all right Would you like to come along You can help me sing the song And it's all right, baby, it's all right They can tell you what to do But they'll make a fool of you And it's all right, baby, it's all right

      There's a city in my mind Come along and take that ride And it's alright, baby, it's all right And it's very far away But it's growing day by day and it's all right Baby, it's all right, yeah Would you like to come along You can help me sing the song And it's all right, baby, it's all right They can tell you what to do But they'll make a fool of you and it's all right Baby, it's all right

      We're on a road to nowhere We're on a road to nowhere We're on a road to nowhere

      We're on a road to nowhere

    1. Being of these hills, being one with the fox

      repetition is so that you can easily memorize the poem--that is my thesis. This is an experiment in orality. I think memorizing could be in for a comeback as we move out of the Gutenberg Pause.

    2. I cannot leave. I cannot go away.

      Nice 'turn' here from the octet. Repetition. Q: difference b/t not leaving and not going away?

    3. of Troublesome, of Trace Fork, Of Sand Lick

      repetition of the word "of" helps readers remember so that they can become "reciters".

    1. So what do we deserve? We deserve to work really hard at what we love. That's a privilege. We deserve that.

      yes. we can suffer that lot.

    2. We are a wild, weird species, complex and quizzical, fierce and fragile. Honor that. Stop pressing your face to the glass of someone else's party. Enjoy the party unfolding around you.

      I certainly don't feel I am any of that.

    3. I am drawn to the flame of Twitter
    4. But you can't construct your life around these equations.
    5. But look, the whole idea of "breaking through" is such a crock of shit. If you do nothing else, build a religion around this one fact.
    6. I have to do what I do, even if the world decides it's worthless.
    7. I'm saying shut out all the noise of Facebook and Twitter and Oprah and the best-seller lists and figure out what you really believe in and like to do every day.

      What do I really believe in and like to do every day in my writing?

    1. Follow up

      If the tools and their assumptions define practices that are anathema then can they co-exist with whatever status quo is out there? Depending upon your own personal power in your teaching setting, there are different answers to that question.

    2. once you articulate a critique of the tool it also becomes a critique of their teaching and learning practices

      Now here's the question I have: what is the fraud?

    3. teaching and learning in 2016 isn’t to some great degree informed by technologies we use.

      Is anybody seriously arguing this point. Straw man?

    1. ability to embed a single annotation

      Tried embedly to get single annotation. Very manual and clunky. You have your work cut out fot you, but I am looking forward to it. New kinds of digital rhetoric could arise out of this.

    2. Help me kick the tires

      Love your work here, but can you tell me why Hypothes.is can't have a simple "copy to clipboard" function? Not blaming you, just asking.

    3. publish the post

      I am sure this is a non-trivial problem, but none of my non-text media were published in the post, i.e. no pix/vids/gifs.

    4. you can use this plugin to make a public research notebook on your WordPress site.

      What is the limit on annotations per page? I had about twenty for the user tag page? I would need more than that with a large class.