After my last post on ‘Thieving Feedly’, which got a lovely follow up on The Digital River, I mentioned that I’d uninstalled the Feedly Android app. That left a hole in my feed consumption ways which I think I’ve now filled. Below is a screenshot of how I’m now consuming my feeds. Those from the Google Reader good old days might recognise it. Yep if you can’t replace Google Reader then the best solution for me is to recreate it and this post outlines how I did it.
— Simon Ensor (@sensor63) January 15, 2014
Happy New Year to you too Simon! Having worked with Twitter and Google Maps API I was aware that their terms are becoming increasingly restrictive making the environment for 3rd party services for doing this increasingly difficult. There is a solution for doing using a modification of my Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet (TAGS) project (the guerrilla approach so to speak). The result for #rhizo14 is here (only viewable in non-mobile app versions of Google Maps and not the current preview version) and this post outlines how it was done. ...continue reading
Gravitational collapse is the inward fall of a body due to the influence of its own gravity. [Ref]
The BBC recently ran another week of Stargazing Live where Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain try to educate us about the stars, the galaxies, the universes and everything else. I wasn’t intending to watch it but found myself hypnotically drawn in as the hosts and guests dangled some of the known and unknowns before us.
Perhaps whimsically I started think about the parallels between the universe and the internet. The ever expanding mass of stuff, 95% of which is made of ‘dark matter’ (the unknown entity that makes the equations balance). I’ve even done some of my own stargazing exploring the ds106 galaxy. The image below from this shows how the nebula of the interconnected blog posts, comments and tweets which form part of this open course.
Recently I’ve been seeing a number of cracks in the internet as external forces pull and push it into a shape it shouldn’t be. There are headline events like NSA hacking, ISP filtering/blocking, neutrality. In some ways equally, if not more dangerous, are the multitude or minor events, the things that don’t get headlined, the changes that go almost unnoticed. ...continue reading
Identity is now maintained on our phones. ... Our portal is our app screen. Our network isn’t Facebook or Google or Twitter. It’s the phone address book that is the union of those three imports. And on the phone we stop dreaming about “If only there was a service that integrated functions of Twitter, Gmail, and Snapchat!” Because there is a service that integrates that — your phone’s notifications screen ...continue reading
One of the themes I expect to see for 2010 is more collaborative real-time interaction web applications.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a review post but as this year has been a blur if for no one else I wanted to look at my posts from 2013. Rather than a look at everything I wanted to extract some themes and for this first review I wanted to look back at some of the work I’ve done around Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets/Sheets. ...continue reading
Last week I was at the MOOC Research Initiative Conference in Texas. The organisers (George Siemens, Amy Collier, Tanya Joosten and others) should stand up and take a bow for a fantastic event. I’m still digesting my thoughts from the event which was full of extremes and at times completely surreal. I leave Arlington with memories of going from being baked at 28C to –10C icestorms; memories of trekking down the freeway with some of the best minds in EdTech trying to make it back to our hotel, spending time with people I’ve long respected including a couple of hours in the company of Martin Weller and Jim Groom the result of which was: ...continue reading
A recent thought I’ve been pondering is the default closed approach to education. It’s interesting to reflect how the physical structure of the classroom with walls and doors gets replicated online with firewalls and logins. I can appreciate that in part this is needed to create a closed environment where the student feels safe and secure, but it is also has other factors like license to share copyrighted work or terms of license for learning platforms. It’s ironic that the ‘MOOC as a Service’ (MaaS/xMaaS) offering for Coursera, et al., whilst are open to register still default to a closed mode*, studying in their place under their terms. Even FutureLearn which is designed on social learning principles seems to only consider social in the system. ...continue reading
Here’s some posts which have caught my attention this month:
- Beyond Prototypes report provides an in-depth examination of the processes of innovation in technology-enhanced learning (TEL)
- Handy! Google Apps users can now restrict uploaded YouTube videos to your organisation
- Hack your career < new Labour Market Information API and hack comp #schoolofdata #ddj
- Ghostweather R&D Blog: Data Vis Consulting: Advice for Newbies
- Looking harder at Course Signals | Doug Clow's Imaginatively-Titled Blog
- New Council to Develop Standards, Best Practices for Online Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
- A report from the ELESIG Symposium on #learneranalytics - University of Liverpool
- Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu | News | Times Higher Education
It seems that the only blog posts I write recently are about presentations … My latest outing is to the Jisc RSC Scotland ‘Open Education’ event which was a joint meeting of SMUG, SCOT-BUG, Learning Technologists', Scottish e-Assessment and Open Badges Forums. Originally I was billed to talk with my former colleague and ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Sheila MacNeill but she’s found somewhere warmer to go. Hopefully the RSC Scotland Live Stream will be behaving for her to tune in. It’s quite a line-up with Lorna Campbell and Joe Wilson giving an Open Scotland update, Sarah Currier and Jackie Graham talking about Open Repositories (no doubt including Jorum and Re:Source) and Julie Usher talking about Blackboard’s Xplor (full programme here). ...continue reading