Read: Summerwater by Sarah Moss ★★★★★ 📚 I love the way you are taken into the character’s heads. Feels very real to me.
Ardinning around dawn
I got a new iPad today. The 8 gen model nothing fancy. Set up in a tick using my phone. I’ve installed a bunch of application, but no work ones. No FirstClass no Teams, Office, no work or glow account in mail.
Hopefully going to be a browsing, reading and blogging machine maybe messing with media a little but no work.
Over lockdown 1 and 2 my Mac has become filled with work. I sit down to do whatever and an email or teams ping. My browsers are full of tabs of teaching. My phone is pretty much the same.
My younger sister, she was in seventh grade, had written a little report about Pablo Neruda. So, I took her school report and turned it into the Wikipedia article on Pablo Neruda.
Britta Gustafson quoted in An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia by Tom Roston
via: John Naughton Wednesday 20 January, 2021 – Memex 1.1
Really interesting article about the rise of Wikipedia.
Lockdown 2 day 1
Well we didn’t get off to a great start.
Working from home today.
I’d set out a light weeks program in a blog post for the pupils and emailed the parents. In both post and email I’d try to make it clear we were trying to really get every pupil involved from the start.
Planned our first Team meeting for 2pm as that was the same time we used in the first lockdown.
Teams seemed to get off to a bad start across the country.
A number of schools, pupils and parents have reported the technology running slowly or not at all.
This didn’t cause me as much problems as some. I upload most of the files I want the pupils to use to the class blog. I figure this avoids password problems. Also Teams slowdown.
It did seem to cause problems in our meeting. Only about half the pupils managed to get on. The others could access Teams but not get onto the meeting. Hard to know if this was related to the reported problem or not. It was certainly frustrating seeing the messages from the class repeatedly trying to get in.
Worth noting that I joined the meeting on my mac and iPad. The iPad on mute and used as a screen share. This has improved a lot since the first lockdown. Joining on the iPad second it gave me a choice to swap to it or join without audio. The latter let me share the iPad screen, and from what I could tell it was not to laggy (as the pupils say). Laterally in the first lockdown I abandoned screen sharing or using PowerPoint and just share files in the chat as we had a pretty bad experience. This gives me hope for an improved experience.
From tomorrow I’ll be back in the digital classroom. I can’t say I’m very happy about it. For all my love of technology I much prefer the real classroom.
I’ve been reviewing my previous lockdown experience, I continue to find reading my old blog posts useful. Also interesting to see what happened in the first week of term last session.
Last time I felt I spent very little time learning new stuff or seeing what other people were doing. As I recall my head was down. I believed that I cut out social media pretty much. I just had a look at my 2020 twitter stats:
And was surprised to see I was wrong about that.
It feel like there is a lot more pressure on this time round. I think, as teachers, we put enough pressure on ourselves, not sure the idea of teachers, schools and LAs having to produce data to justify themselves is a great idea. I gathered my own last time, and
held myself to account blogged about it, that felt tough enough.
I certainly hope that whoever tries to hold us to account understands the situation, the amount of prep needed to teach online, whether preparing for a live lesson or creating asynchronous ones.
This piece on edtech during Covid was written for a wide audience. Edtech can do good, but also anticipates big changes for education long term. Should engage teachers, parents, students, not just developers and investors etc, in this discussionhttps://online.ucpress.edu/currenthistory/article/120/822/15/114546/Education-Technology-Seizes-a-Pandemic-Opening
Lots to think about in the linked article: Education Technology Seizes a Pandemic Opening | Current History | University of California Press
An algorithmic worldview now permeates education systems and is encoded into the digital platforms that proliferated during school and college closures in the pandemic. COVID-19 has been treated as an experimental opportunity to scale up the use of algorithmic technologies, generate fresh forms of capital investment, and grow market share—while presenting a model vision for the future of the education sector itself.
A last holiday walk this morning out to Duncolm. Great view of hills surrounding Loch Lomond. Photo not so great.
Diverting my self from the news of further lockdown by playing with randomising blends with imagemagick. Photos from Necropolis New Year’s Day 2021, more blends on flickr: