Replied to Martin Hawksey #altc on Twitter by Martin Hawksey

Microsoft Teams’ new Together Mode is designed for pandemic-era meetings https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/8/21317526/microsoft-teams-together-mode-dynamic-view-new-features #altc

‪I am concerned that you have to have camera on. In Glow Scotland’s Teams pupils cameras are not & can’t be turned on. I think that helped some shy kids.
‪The Register’s take

Replied to Remote Learning Lessons – Reflections From a Parent by Aaron Davis

Although so many of the structures were carried online, one that was absent was a deliberate social space encapsulated in the yard. A part of me understands why. Some may abuse such an opportunity. There is no means of putting in place clear habits and policies before moving online. Also, it would become another thing for teachers to manage. Maybe such a space is the responsibility of home, I still think that this social side is one of the limitations to moving online, a place for play and experimentation.

Hi Aaron,

This is fascinating, there was a lot of opacity between me and my class, this opens it up a bit. Your daughter’s school sounds a lot more organised in a daily fashion than my class.

I ended up setting up a  Minecraft edu server at home for the pupils to access. This turned into a social space as I set no real guidance, problem or focus. I thought of this as a playground. It certainly fits the description  a place for play and experimentation.

Replied to bookmark Site.js by Aaron Davis

Small Technology Foundation has created a simple library for setting up your own site quickly and easily on the web. This is discussed further in a presentation by Aral Balkan at Creative Mornings Istanbul on 26 June, 2020.

I spend a couple of hours last night trying to set up Site.js on a Raspberry pi, I got it working locally, but fell at the https cert and I think my firewall.

Looks fascinating as does Small Technology Foundation Personal Web Prototype-01: a mobile personal web server which is a portable server you can carry about in your pocket. Put together from a pi and some bits I wish I could afford to buy the bits for that. Reminds me a wee bit of the piratebox.

Replied to Poll: Has The Meaning Of The Word “Blog” Changed? by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

I wonder if the idea of what constitutes blogging is different for different people in different points in time? I wonder if it is as simple as talking about ‘posts’ and ‘blogs’? Or maybe what I doing here with post kinds is even blogging at all?

See also podcast and episode.

I think blogging is a good description of what you are doing Aaron. Since I installed Alan’s Posted Today plugin I’ve been re visiting a lot of ancient posts here. Lots of my early blogging consisted of notes, bookmarks, replies and likes. Just not formerly organised into kinds.

I voted for Posts.

Replied to Athole on Twitter by an author (Twitter)

Back to School – Engaging with the NEW NORMAL
http://throughthewindae.com/back-to-school/

Fascinating read. Going to be a very useful starting point to to thinking about August 11, albeit my circumstances are very different.  Delighted to see it coming to my RSS reader via ScotEduBlogs. Hopefully blogging is part of the new normal.

Replied to Athole on Twitter (Twitter)

Fascinating stuff: https://theconversation.com/digital-homeschooling-we-need-to-rethink-our-worries-about-childrens-screen-time-138914

Not sure about kids but spending so much of the day online is sucking the pleasure out of the digital for me. I’ve nearly always got something digitally playful on the go, daft web pages, weird image stuff, but pretty dry at the moment. I did not expect this.

Replied to Allowing the Space to Fail by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

Early on in the crisis, our daughter cared a lot about learning online. However, as time has passed, this interest has dwindled. Although this has been difficult, it has has also highlighted the importance of a space to fail in order to learn.

Hi Aaron,
I am seeing a change in engagement with my class over time. I am still getting roughly the same numbers turning up to daily Teams meetings, but a slowing down of ‘handing in’ of tasks. I wonder if this is about not having classmates to spark off each other. Being physically away from the classroom meaning it is easier to skips things and other family routines becoming more important. It is really hard to tell.