Read Seven years of open (openscot.net)

Happy New Year! This is traditionally a time for reflection so as I take the reins of the Open Scotland blog for January I will take the opportunity to look back on seven years of the Scottish Open…

Seven years of open | Open Scotland

Over the course of this month, I hope to explore activity in Scotland related to some of these lesser-blogged-about areas of open practice. Given my own role in widening access with the Open University in Scotland, you can expect to hear about projects I’ve been involved with. I am very much hoping that these can be the start of a conversation and would love to hear about – and boost – some of the exciting things you’ve been doing since the Declaration.

Sounds like an interesting development in the Open Scotland world. We don’t talk about OER at school level much, as far as I know, I wish we did.

Read HEWN, No. 337 by Audrey Watters

“Our house is on fire” — Greta Thunberg

What if there wasn’t anything good about ed-tech? What if ed-tech is totally inseparable from privatization, behavioral engineering, and surveillance? What if, by surrendering to the narrative that schools must be increasingly technological, we have neglected to support them in being be remotely human? What if we can never address the crises of our democracies, of our planet if we keep insisting on the benevolence of tech?

from: HEWN, No. 337

Read: Surfacing – Kathleen Jamie ★★★★☆

you are not lost, just melodramatic. The path is at your feet, see? Now carry on.

📚 super book connecting archaeology & or relationship with nature. Must try her poems as I’ve loved all the books of essays. (First book of 2020)

Read: Marilyn and Me by Ji-min Lee ★★★★☆

Not sure if I’ve ever read a book by a Korean before! Enjoyed,  and was educated by this one. Marilyn is more in the title than the tale.

Read “Link In Bio” is a slow knife by an author

We’re almost forgotten that links are powerful, and that restraining links through artificial scarcity is an absurdly coercive behavior.

I’ve seen this linked (ironically) all over the place. Great metaphor and explanation. Pretty much all quotable.

killing off links is a strategy.
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it is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open web, the place where they can control how, and whether, someone makes money off of an audience. The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do.

Read: The Leavers by Lisa Ko ★★★★★ great read that grew and grew on me. Chinese illegal immigrants in New York and back in China. Great characters and story.📚