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Strawberry, AZ
Barking about an dplaying in the dirt with ed tech since 1992
Interests: snark, snark, and snark
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Even just sharing posts like this is a part of the anti xMCOC strategy (the second letter is not a typo, they are not open and should stop perverting the word). I'm thinking feed gathering may never be fully automated. The simplest would be requiring/asking for a dedicated blog for a class like this, as the autodiscovery is most doable. Or maybe the signup form has an advanced option, that allows people to enter feedURLs if they know what they are doing. In ETMOOC I saw everything from gibberish entered into the form, to urls to static pages, to typos (no : in the url) -- of course some of the human error can be detected by running a validation for a URL, but that's not the point. I processed something over 600 form submissions to register the 520 blogs to it was tedious but I was able to create some spreadsheet shortcuts. But there is a side benefit in being a human and not a script- I would usually check the blogs quickly to verify the links (a good 10% of blogger ones submitted were set to private, and a few sleaze bags tried so sneak in unrelated sites) -- but what this di was give me, as someone involved in helping run the course, an overview, although brief, of what the blogs looked like and often insights into the individual. When we automate, we often lose things like that in pursuit of efficiency. I can see perhaps a system that might allow people to share the same kind of information you provided into a resource database. Let's put Martin on it ;-)
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2013 on My MOOC tech ecosystem at The Ed Techie
It's even worse- they got YouTube to yank Ellen's video
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on Concerns of a Wavering Fangirl at I'm
I think the questions might be- "What are you doing to earn my attention?" and "What can you do for yourself if your attention is not being attracted?" (let's put some responsibility on all). Also, I wont quibble with spellings in the video, but its not prezi, but done in After Effects. It does strike me as an interesting assignment to animate a scene form a movie via typographic animation.
Wow, as someone said above, its a real lively old fashioned (circa 2005) blogversation, when as we all know BLOGS ARE DEAD (I see dead people, commenting...) I read this in the AM, my morning habit of scanning RSS feeds on my mobile, in between trips to the snooze bar. It kind of bounced around the cortex all day. WHile I agree to the observation, and can confirm what you describe-- in SOME place-- I am finding some things that just don't rub me the right way. I know a title is just a catchy thing, but I cannot accept that time zones kill global thinking. Time zones are inert and do not cause anything. People are the agents of what you describe. What I worry about this the implication that we blog to get a response. To me, its a bonus, but that is by no means my prime motivation. I blog for me, and because I feel a compulsion to get my ideas written to my "outboard brain" -Cory Doctorow's 2002 description of blogging really deserves a regular re-reading ( So I dont give a crap when I hit the publish button, and am not choosing the timing to when there might be more retweets. I think that is a dangerous mindset and something we ought not to be modeling for others. It makes the practice sound vain and narcissistic (not that I am painting that label on you Ewan or Vicki, though I think someone out to send Stephen Downes a pink pony cause he has been on a harsh lashing out streak). I for one will never make a recommendation to time your publishing to reach some peak audience. it is also worth remembering, that on blogs, and even on twitter, there is a larger invisible audience who may read you and not respond. It's easy to forget about them, but it has always been, and I expect true now, that many more people will read and even share your ideas, and you will never know about it. The commenters and the tweetbackers get more attention, but they are a loud minority. I do appreciate the spark this post made, even if I dont agree with some of it, as that is the best thing that can happen in an idea space is to start a flow of thinking, and some conversation. Here I am posting at the absolute WRONG time to get that East Coast Bump, and I dont give a rats turd.
I've not listened to this TAL yet (save them on podcast for my long drives to/from Phoenix) A dubious distinction indeed (Arizona State U got it when I was at grad school I think). It seems rather shameful (a) that anyone bothers to create such a ranking and (b) that we have to seriously worry about what it means. It's sad that it is a popularized ranking in the lazy media- does the main/slipstream media make the same big deal about the universities that generate top research results or graduation rates or things that really matter? A lump of coal in their stockings!
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Hmmmm. Might make for a good Grimm fairy tale. Poppa OER says, "This course is too hard for me" Momma OER says "This course is too easy for me" Baby OER says, "No one is looking at meeeeeee" Seems like a rather artificial distinction to me. Lots of crappy and stellar ones of all sizes. I have some that are breadbox sized, fridge sized, house sized, penny sized... The status is a temp thing for now- I forsee in the future perhaps some other factor of reputation. It also says a lot of old mind set to trust brand names.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2009 on Big OER and Little OER at The Ed Techie
Ewan- I'd certainly work for ceviche- Brian's is the best evah
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2009 on A CogDog Franchise at The Ed Techie
Congratulations, you have been granted the CogDog Franchise for the United Kingdom, and you might as well take all those other neighboring isles (woah, hands off- France is NOT an island). You're making me spit my coffee across the room in laughter ;-) My deal is better- you can do this for free, no subscription cost, and you can take whatever material I created and re-use, re-do, re-play, re-improve as desired. Call it CogDog Commons. Seriously, Martin, feel free to use the amazing stories, they are not even mine.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2009 on A CogDog Franchise at The Ed Techie
Wow, that was beautifully shot and edited- great pace and use of multiple clips. And the house you are leaving behind is lovely, I can see why it's hard to go. There is something both eerie and dramatic about those kinds of shots of empty rooms. So when you get to California, you can just play it in reverse to unpack? On a related storytelling note, my colleague Cole Camplese at Penn State University blogged about this clip of Ira GLass (This American Life) talking about the part of creativity that is "getting rid of crap"- not nearly everything that you thought would work really does-- baring things down to essentials. Happy trails
The kid is a natural ;-) The monopod might be handy for the street scene you did earlier; almost equally handy is the flexible Gorilla Pod for sitting/attaching your flip on any surface Its easy enough to start and stop on the Flip, so you might be better off doing a lot of short clips (rather than jerky moving the camera) you can piece together with simple jump cuts for editing. With some practice you ought to be able to get to a point that you can have clips you can patch together. Happy travels! Wave if you fly over northern Arizona.
Howard's article is refreshing for its lack of cheap drive by writing; so it is interesting that Twitter is focused on the short burst quickie message, but as he suggests, it takes a long amount of time (weeks, months) to develop the network and the "court sense" that makes it valuable. Another version I liked of "ambient intimacy" was described early on (june 2007) by Clive Thompson in Wired as "social proprioception" or "How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense"