Liked This much I know about…what it feels like when you are criticised about your remote teaching (johntomsett)
I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about what it feels like when you are criticised about your remote teaching. We don’t mine co…

I taught my Year 8 English class on Thursday afternoon. I have no need to tell you about how relatively rubbish it is to teach into the void that is TEAMS. We will look back on TEAMS the same way we (people of a certain age…) look back on BBC computers – that is, appalled/amazed at how basic and clunky they were.

Anyway, I eventually convinced a couple of students to speak (speaking students are gold dust, aren’t they?)

this is a lovely post. Not anything about Teams, but the current state of online learning, expectations and how it feels from a teacher’s POV.

Liked The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML (Terence Eden’s Blog)
I’ve told this story at conferences – but due to the general situation I thought I’d retell it here. A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in Lo…

The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML – Terence Eden’s Blog

But the GOV.UK pages are written in simple HTML. They are designed to be lightweight and will work even on rubbish browsers. They have to. This is for everyone.

Super story that those of us providing for distant pupils should probably pay attention to. Via Doug Belshaw

Liked Facebook’s Laughable Campaign Against Apple Is Really Against Users and Small Businesses (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Overall, AppTrackingTransparency is a great step forward for Apple. When a company does the right thing for its users, EFF will stand with it, just as we will come down hard on companies that do the wrong thing. Here, Apple is right and Facebook is wrong. Next step: Android should follow with the same protections. Your move, Google.

In reality, a number of studies have shown that most of the money made from targeted advertising does not reach the creators of the content—the app developers and the content they host.  Instead, the majority of any extra money earned by targeted ads ends up in the pockets of these data brokers.

Liked Chrome is Bad (chromeisbad.com)
Short story: Google Chrome installs something called Keystone on your computer, which bizarrely hides what it's doing from Activity Monitor and makes your whole computer slow even when Chrome isn't running. Deleting Chrome and Keystone makes your computer way, way faster, all the time.

Via Aaron.

Surprised I’ve not see this in my feeds yet. I’ve certainly noticed that Chrome can sometimes seem to hog resources and energy on macs. I mostly use Safari and Firefox.

Liked Facebook Takes Out Full-Page Newspaper Ads to Attack Apple’s Changes Strengthening iOS Privacy (Daring Fireball)
Link to: https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/16/facebook-takes-out-full-page-ads-to-attack-apple/

Here’s the thing. Apple isn’t blocking the ability for Facebook to personalize ads, in any way. Apple is just providing users with control over their own privacy. Users can easily choose to keep providing Facebook (and anyone else) with all the information they want. Or they can choose not to.

Fascinating and weird.

Liked https://mobile.twitter.com/ryokomatsumot/status/1333228316120125445 by Ryoko Matsumoto (Twitter)

Fun to make characters with leaves & objects 🍃🍂🍁 Even more fun to make #StopMotion animations and bring them to life 🐠🐟#TinkeringAtHome #leafman #leafanimals pic.twitter.com/2xwXhbfujr

Great Thread:

 

Liked Scripting News: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (Scripting News)
This is awesome. Audible wanted to create a proprietary “podcast” network (in quotes because of the contradiction), now instead will try an open one. The power of an open juggernaut.

podcasts & rss just want to be free…

Amazon is turning Audible into a true podcast app, but it’s got a long way to go – The Verge

Liked https://twitter.com/LissaKEvans/status/1319923020983603201?s=20 by Lissa Not Moving On Evans (Twitter)
I picked this out of the pavement leaf-litter, thinking it was an eerily-matching piece of packaging but it's a real leaf - a real...designer leaf. How on earth did it get like this?