A flock of roosting crows, black as night themselves, are threatened by the advancing shadows at dusk. They need light for protection so with the help of the Raven…
I’ve watched this with my class several times now and a few more myself as prep. It is a lovely animation and a really good film to discuss the elements of film. Especially sound and music. Crows and a Raven, what is not to like! I’d highly recommend it if you are looking for a short, 5 minute, film to watch in upper primary during literacy lessons.
points to his blog post The way of the remix.
Where he asks:
Do you remix?
If so, how do you remix? What is your remix trigger? Is it curiosity or simply joining the dots as you see them? Do you like to layer-up? Or strive to simplify? Is it a tickly thought? Or a random one from left field?
Well yes, I think I do, although my definition of remix might be widened to include mashup. but of course, Everything is a Remix.
The why is harder, I am not a developer or an artist, I don’t make anything as polished as the remixes that scale on social media. I like to think it is because I nearly can. That is I am going to learn something in the process.
DS106 was a major trigger, the people involved, especially @cogdog, @jimgroom and @mvdfunes The daily creates from DS106 often led to remixing.
Wouldn’t it be cool is another trigger, or I wonder, or will it be funny, or impress someone(Usually only me). Or I learn about a new, to me technology and try it out.
Here are a selection remixes & mashups I am quite please with:
Featured image, a remix of a gif that I made as a remix of an image in the Tate. using The way of the remix by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND.
Photos on the map:
and on Flickr
Yesterday I went on this familiar walk.
Bright day with clear skies and a lot of haze. Little or no breeze. Waerm, t-shit all the way.
The grass and heather on the hills has not started growing, very dry too, which make for easier walking.
Lots of wee birds singing in the woods at the start.
Stonechat and wheatear further up the path.
A common lizard on the way up Troisgeach.
Quite a few white feathers then a few ptarmigan neat the top of Troisgeach.
Pools were filled with frogs, croaking loudly and mating all over the moor .
Plenty of deer sign but no deer.
As I came off Meall an Fhudair what looked like a peregrine flew by.
As I got back to Troisgeach a couple of eagles circling and drifted off south.
Met the ptarmigan again.
Half way down Troisgeach I sat down an the two eagles appeared briefly over the ridge to my side. By the time I got over only one was in sight, being mobbed by a raven or crow. The size of the eagle compared to the mobber made me sure it was an eagle.
Interesting Ground Beetle. Carabus nitens perhaps on the track.
A few butterflies, peacocks and one orange tip near the bottom.
Following from this conversation
Tom Woodward whipped up a plugin to clone posts on a WordPress Multi-site blog to one of your own.
I think this could be a really useful way of giving pupils a template for e-Portfolio post. I’d be very interested in exploring getting this into Glow Blogs. I’ve been asked about this sort of functionality a few times.
@cogdog beautiful Not So Stupid WordPress Tricks | None That Involve Writing Code site and presentation for #PressEdConf19 conference. I’ll be consuming the #PressEdConf19 feast for a while.
Listened to Artificial intelligence explained on Kara Swisher Recode Decode podcast – Recode
Instead of talking about far-flung super-intelligent AI, they argued on the latest episode of Recode Decode, we should be talking about the ways AI is affecting people right now, in everything from education to policing to hiring. Rather than killer robots, you should be concerned about what happens to your résumé when it hits a program like the one Amazon tried to build.
“They took two years to design, essentially, an AI automatic résumé scanner,” Crawford said. “And they found that it was so biased against any female applicant that if you even had the word ‘woman’ on your résumé that it went to the bottom of the pile.”
Great listen. The comparison of how China is implementing AI, at a national level, compared to the huge corporations made me think.
You’re looking at a set of practices, in that case, that is pretty similar to a social credit score in China, but under different auspices. The public is not aware, there is no process of acknowledgement or consent there. This is happening sort of under the cover of proprietary private sector tech that is actually not disclosed to the people that it’s going to affect.
As I see it, the best things schools can do for kids is to help them learn how to distinguish useful talk from bullshit. I think almost all serious people understand that about 90% of all that goes on in school is practically useless, so what I am saying would not require the displacement of anything that is especially worthwhile.
Found in this tweet by @MarkRPriestley.
My link is to a pdf of the talk from 1969.
Postman also wrote kairosschool.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Teaching-as-a-Subversive-Activity.pdf.
A good fun read with many cringe points, which of the forms of BS have you used? I’ve used a lot.
Jeffery Zeldman argues that in being unable to pay mortgage associated with the web, we have become indebted to the mob that is platform capitalism. This has led us into the money trap, which demands unrealistic rewards that care more about clicks than community. Zeldman’s suggestion on how to fix…
Aaron points to Nothing Fails Like Success (A List Apart).
Aaron links to several fellow travellers reactions that make great reading too.
Aaron’s own blogging has gone a long way along the IndieWeb path and is a excellent one to follow.
I’ve found Office Lens useful over the last few year in class. It is a good way to get some text into a document for editing. The workflow for me is a wee bit clunky, snap on phone, open app, upload. Then either open in word or switch to desktop and open from OneDrive there when it syncs.
Today I found OCR.space a free online service. I gave it a quick try on my phone.
The first attempt failed, I had to edit the photo to B&W and brighten it a little (as per screenshots above), but the results were impressively quick. There was no swapping back and forward between apps.
I’ve tried a multi-column image too using the same image I used back in 2015 with office lens. The results are just as good and fit my preference for text I can copy as opposed to a document I need to open.
Here is the docx Office Lens converted, and here is the OCR.space one, from This image, I had to shrink it a bit to get under 5mb for ocr.space, I don’t think Id need to do that iif I was going straight from the phone when the image would be a smaller png.
I hope to give ocr.space a test in the real world next term.
I’ve also found dictation on my phone a great way to get documents into text. Reading someone elses words seems to work better for me that thinking up my own as I go.
I found ocr.space via OCR Shortcut : shortcuts on reddit, butI’ve not tried the shortcut, the webpages seems quick enough.
Kml2gpx.com: convert kml to gpx online. It’s free, simple and fast I am digging out some old mapped walks from dropbox and converting them to work on my site so this is handy.