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Naming, Building, Breaking and Knowing the Web [...]

Martha Burtis summarises her thinking around Domain of One's Own. She splits the discussion into naming, building, breaking and knowing the different things on the web. > For WordPress can serve as an exemplar, a symbol with which our students can grapple as a way towards deeper understanding. The things they learn to do in WordPress are generalizable to other systems...

 

Handwriting [...]

Bernard Bull unpacks the arguments for and against teaching handwriting. This builds on the ideas discussed on . >Debates about the future of handwriting (and cursive more specifically) has grown ever since keyboarding demanded a space in the school experience. Proponents of handwriting defend their stance in many ways, and advocates for burying the practice of cursi...

 

Heirachy vs. Networks [...]

In a talk on Politics and Social Media http://daveowhite.com/politics-and-social-media/, David White unpacks some of the impacts digital techbology is having on power and society. >The challenge for us is in negotiating the relationship between network and hierarchy. Institutions embed and petrify power in structures which privilege particular groups. Networks tend to...

 

Purpose Statement [...]

Chad Walsh discusses the importance of starting with mhy. He outlines a process for giving reason to tasks being done. This is a topic Dan Haesler touches upon on the TER Podcast. >When there is confusion, a lack of vision or an absent identity we have found writing a purpose statement is a powerful way to seek clarity and simplicity....

 

Why ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters [...]

Audrey Watters summarises her thinking around **Domain of One'sOwn**. She discusses conerns around data, privacy and our knowledge of how the web works. >By providing students and staff with a domain, I think we can start to address this. Students and staff can start to see how digital technologies work – those that underpin the Web and elsewhere. They can think ...

 

The Gender Trope [...]

Marten Koomen reflects on the recent sacking of Mark Latham by Sky News as uses it as an opportunity to review the continued gender divide across society. Even though they are just as capable and competent, Koomen highlights the absence of voice at the table. >The ABC’s Insiders exemplifies some broader dynamics.  It shows that journalism is one fi...

 

Finding the Edges of your Page [...]

Tom Barrett explores various examples of constraints and the creative possibilities that it provides. This is not to be confused with restraint, those aspects impose self-control. Constraints come in many different forms, including space and design. > Not to be confused with restraint which is much more about self-control, constraint is about finding the edges of the...

 

Creativity and Digital Technology [...]

Naomi Barnes discusses on the supposed freedoms provided by the web. Discussing the work of Gardner and Davis, it is suggested that the _app_ generation brings with it its own creative constructs. >Digital apps and worlds, have boundaries (or scaffolds) – no matter how vast, no matter how much the creator allows manipulation of story lines and sharing of ideas. T...

 

Technology Ownership [...]

A panel of experts discuss what it means to own things in the digital age in this episode of Future Tense: >More and more of the objects we use in our daily lives include software, from cars to communication devices to toys. In the digital world you never really own that software, you’re simply given a licence to use it. So what does that mean for our notion of ...

 

I Stopped Blogging by Phillip Cooke [...]

Just as there are many reasons why people blog, there are also many reasons why people do not. This is a useful reflection on the challenges with blogging. > So why haven't I blogged? >   > Possible reasons include: > "I'm always too busy", but that is just a copout. I was busy when I was blogging previously, but am I underestimating the impact of an increased work s...