OPTION 1: MAKE YOUR OWN If students create their own images, then they own the copyright and can use them without having to pay any money or get permission (unless the photos are of someone else…but we’ll get to that).
This can be used either as a teaching aid to help with the chronology, or printed off and laminated as a display. I have it hanging on a washing line from my ceiling and the children refer to it quite regularly. Hope it’s useful.
S3 for Poets
Might be useful if I ever want to use Amazon S3 storage.
S3 stands for Simple Storage Service.
It’s a service provided by Amazon that provides storage and it’s simple. If you look at it the right way. And it’s Tuesday. And there’s a full moon. 🙂
Simple is in the eye of the beholder. And to a programmer, like me, S3 is simple. But we forget sometimes that what seems simple to us might not seem so simple to a literate person who isn’t a programmer. For example, a poet.
But poets need to store stuff too, and Amazon provides a great service, so let’s dive in and crash through the obstacles and get to the other side, where storage is simple. Dave Winer, New York August 2012
A free, open source voxel game engine and game. Fully extendable. You are in control.
I installed that on a few PCs in school. Testing it in a lunchtime club. Looks like a free minecraft. Lots of possibilities. I have it running on one pc as a server and the class can connect from different PCs (WE have tested and got it working on mac & windows).
Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users. Contact information you’ve never given the network gets associated with your account, making it easier for Facebook to more completely map your social connections.
Not sure if this is incredibly creepy, just the way things are heading or both.
Bitty Data Logger is an application which can capture and chart data from a BBC micro:bit’s internal accelerometer, magnetometer and temperature sensors. It’s available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for Chromebook as well. Data is, of course, transmitted from the micro:bit to your smartphone over Bluetooth so you can be some distance away from the micro:bit and…. whatever you have connected to it.
I had a quick test with an earlier version. Lots of possibilities for the classroom, wonder when I’ll get it fitted in.
one of the traditional roles of branded content is that it is a trusted source. Whether it’s Peppa Pig on children’s TV or a Disney movie, whatever one’s feelings about the industrial model of entertainment production, they are carefully produced and monitored so that kids are essentially safe watching them, and can be trusted as such. This no longer applies when brand and content are disassociated by the platform, and so known and trusted content provides a seamless gateway to unverified and potentially harmful content.
Gardner and Davis suggested that the pre-packaged resources (no matter how vast) made available to young people through the Internet is limiting exercise of the imagination because (as Marvel has shown again and again) it is easier to repackage an existing idea than come up with a new one
We tried to inspire reflection, but it often happened separate from learning. At the end of the semester, we’d ask students about their strengths and weaknesses, and what they could do differently next semester. They would write down a few ideas, but were never asked to come back to them. It became an activity that yielded little impact.
We’re quietly replacing an open web that connects and empowers with one that restricts and commoditizes people. We need to stop it.
Lots of information and links clearly spelt out. Tempted to quote all of it, but just one more.
Pay for services and content that you like, if you are able. If you like reading The Guardian, for example, consider subscribing. If your favourite YouTube channel is on Patreon, consider pledging a small amount per video. If you like services like Pinboard.in that charge in return for a useful service, buy it. There’s mutual respect when both the user and the service provider know what basic service they are buying/selling.
One way of achieving this identify shift is to come unprepared to a lesson! For example, working on a poem in English that neither the pupils nor the teacher have read before. In doing so, pupils begin to see that their identities can fluctuate from learner to contributor, thus giving them the confidence to enact this discourse themselves in the classroom and beyond.
Which speaks to vocalising your process. I do that (I hope) in writing, but not so much in reading.
After the recent pushback on Growth Mindset this post suggests that there can be real Growth Mindset and “Many of the best teachers are already there”
Online training – Raspberry Pi We recently launched a new way for people to learn about computing with the Raspberry Pi Foundation: free online training courses, available to anyone, anywhere in the world!
How to Live Without Google Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they’re also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the internet.
The version of Scratch included with the Raspberry Pi has a number of unique features; one of the most useful is its ability to communicate with the GPIO pins (General Purpose Input Output). These pins allow you to connect your Raspberry Pi to a range of devices, from lights and motors to buttons and sensors. The original Raspberry Pi had a 26-pin header and newer models (B+, Pi 2, Pi 3, etc) have a 40-pin header, but this workshop will work with any model.
I’ve generally failed with any raspberry pi stuff that involves extra hardware beyond a camera this might help.
uses any old Raspberry Pi with Raspbian and some parts you’d find in a CamJam EduKit or similar: an LED, a resistor, a push-button switch, a buzzer and a Passive Infra Red (PIR) movement sensor wired up
Looks like it might be a nice we project for school.
I love the record of thinking and linking that now stretches back 12 years, 5 months, 4 days on this blog.
I don’t like the breakages.
A lot of the links on this blog are to the blogs of the school I used to work in in Glasgow, Sandaig Primary. The site is now gone. A lot of it is in the internet archive. I had hoped that the Amber plugin would sort that, but since the domain is now up for sale, the links lead to the sale page.
// Stuff to do as soon as the DOM is ready;
This has probably broken something else and certainly is adding to the pile of oddities that I’ve added to the blog. But hopefully It means that links on posts like this: Impermanence and Comments will work.
I am having to think about the way I am posting links on my blog using micro.blog they arrive on Twitter with links to my post not the one I hope to point to.
Whether links fail because of DDoS attacks, censorship, or just plain old link rot, reliably accessing linked content is a problem for Internet users everywhere.
Having blogged for a while I am very aware of this problem, links I’ve made have fallen away. My bookmarks are full of holes.
Just the other day I linked to a couple of posts here that were made this month. They have already gone.1
I’ve installed the Amber WordPress Plugin here and set it to use the Internet Archive to ‘save links’ when I make them. I could have chosen to save them here, but I wonder if that could get messy?
The other thing that crosses my mind is what if people want to rub out something they have published. When a post is taken down deliberately, should I be archiving it? The posts I mentioned above were deleted by the author (I presume). Should I then make public copies available? That is what would have happened if I’d had the amber plugin working at the time.
I don’t know the answer to these questions or how the plugin works, but I’ll keep it running here for a while and look out for broken links.
I did meet Oliver Quinlan and got a couple of Raspberry Pi tips. Seems it should be possible to set up a pi to scan for several WiFi networks and auto join a suitable one. You can also run a pi from a usb drive as opposed to an SD card (as I understand it you still need to start from the SD but point to a system on the USB). There was another tip from Oliver that is just out of memory at the moment hovering round the tip of my tongue. I hope Oliver will be a guest on Radio Edutalk this year.
I saw the pi-topCEED and ordered one. there are 2 pi-tops. One a laptop and the other a ‘desktop’. I was going to buy another pi and always struggle for a screen to attach so this looked like an interesting idea. They were pretty flimsy but I think I’d mostly use them to set up a pi which then I would shell onto from an iPad or computer.
Alan O’Donohoe was running a pretty wacky stand for Exa Education I watched his highly mobile presentation teaching 2 + 2 in python. An extremely rigorous approach to teaching hidden in an entertainment sandwich. I learned a lot more than the answer (4 mostly).
I had a quick chat to Leon on the Exa stall too, as usual he is involved in fascinating stuff.
Today I read a few posts by Dean Groom, pushing back against this minecraft development:
As I said yesterday, I believe at this point, this is nothing more than another attempt by a technology giant to use ‘teacher frontage’ to mask it’s commercial agenda and make money. It’s also disgusting to think that the sell out of Minecraft Edu, which has used the IP and social capital of the broader community as well as teachers is being reaped in this way — and brazenly makes several claims and thin associations about ‘game changing’ learning, without any evidence whatsoever.
I think Do it Kits | Make it, learn it, do it. was my favourite thing at BETT, the site is not really doing much of a job at describing the kit yet, but on on display used a Raspberry Pi to monitor a small mushroom farm.
I did think of staying an extra day to go to TeachMeet at BETT, but had been put off by, expense and the reports I’d read about some folk skipping the draw to present at previous editions. This tweet suggests things have improved:
Tips for Screencasting – BrettTerpstra.com I’ve been doing a fair bit of screencasting for Glow Blogs Help over the last while. I am very much a quick & dirty screencaster, one take and light editing. These are a great set of tips for getting better screencasts. The tips are universal but Brett uses ScreenFlow which is my favourite screencasting tool too.
So here’s the concept: you can put the intelligence of a large artificial intelligence like IBM’s Watson into characters or objects that inhabit a virtual world like Minecraft. This is not theory; this 4-part tutorial provides detailed instructions on how to do exactly that.
Mediocre Failures | Disappointed Idealist A really powerful post on meeting all children’s needs rather than aiming at passing tests. As it has garnered >600 comments in 4 days I guess it strikes a few nerves. The 4 capacities never looked so good. As I tweeted, if you only read one education blog post…
Contributions and Connections. What Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) found out about how influence and credibility circulate in academic Twitter. It feels pretty much relevant to the other two sectors too. Teachers lack the training in judging relevance and importance of their colleagues that in a central part of academia but still conversation is what counts.