December 31, 2018

Gif(t) it

In #CLMOOC there is a thing called #SilentSunday. A cheery invite appears on a weekly basis throughout the year to encourage anybody to share a single photo with no text. Before it shuts down, you can see a collection on Google Plus Community.
'It’s Sunday! What photo will you post? #photography #silentsunday #clmooc'
From Kim Douillard: Thinking Through My Lens

Using I've selected a few photos from 2018 #SilentSunday photographs and applied animation and a heading to share thinkery through a digital lens.

Breathing bubbles

Original image: Kim Douillard 2018

Life is like a tapestry

Original image: Melvina Kurashige 2018

Fleeting, Flexible and Fragile

Original image Kevin Hodgson 2018

Extra Salt

Original Image: Jane Webb 2018

Peace Cube

Original Image: Simon Ensor 2018

Hearts to you

Original Image: Sheri Edwards 2018

In a series of blog posts for #MoDigiWri challenge

1. Jump Start - More Digital Writing

December 30, 2018

Spying on Golems

My son bought this small Minecraft item today. He advised me on the way home that this is an Iron Golem (read the Minecraft rules here). It looks simple enough but there is a hidden surprise!

There is another world to view through the armhole. Another world is shown through a miniature lens in the sleeve.

In Minecraft world, this shows the Villager placing the pumpkin head to transform these humble blocks into a fierce, defending Golem that can spawn poppies and offer them to Villagers. Simple technology that hooks into the childhood wonder of keyhole views.


I'm thinking about new educational technology like holographic learning and the glimpses and promises that are shown for educational purposes. Including Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality in education activities is like looking into another world. There are rushed pictures of engaged students, playing games and having fun.

Here is a peek through a keyhole - 'the future of learning', 'evolutionary', 'preparing students for the future' and all of that. While being skeptical of these promises I am currently attempting to design a learning activity for this equipment.

In a recent paper, partially funded by Microsoft Hololens, Leonard and Fitzgerald (2018) states 'Consistent with previous research in this area, this project found ongoing technical and managerial limitations in implementing augmented and mixed reality, including a continuing concern by many participating teachers of a lack of control of the mixed reality environment.'. That is always a concern of new technologies, the digital literacies of the educator needs to be at least on par or half a step ahead of the students.

What keeps me coming back to this technology is the 'potential for embodied learning' (Leonard and Fitzgerald, 2018). Something that involves the whole body (even for three simple gestures) and allows you to be present in your environment, through audio and reproduced visuals, could be an irreplaceable learning experience. The benefit I see of Augmented Reality (AR) is the ability to be present in your environment, including normal auditory functions.

At the time of writing, a single pre-loved headset could set you back over $2,500AUD on eBay. That is just for the headset, then add in the cost of development skills. In comparison, a 360o View interactive video could be created for very little cost and implemented in the LMS via H5P integration. Or jump into a Virtual Reality (VR) nonfiction discovery with Dream360. The cost and skills required for the development of AR are a prohibiting factor with small student numbers.

There are no magical Golems to defend any learning issues or facilitator failures when using this type of technology.

December 29, 2018

Star of wonder

Photo by Jonathon Young on Unsplash

If my camera was good enough, this could have been my picture last night. The night skies are amazing here and it's peaceful to sit outside once the sky is dark and the temperature drops a few degrees. The summer has hit with a vengeance and most days are over 40oC so I hibernate inside. A card arrives, more reminders of the night sky.

Card: Sarah Honeychurch 2018

Kevin does some night sky wondering:
Charlene's writing includes rabbit holes and that was one that I was just in. Leaving the night skies behind I move to my lodestone at the moment which is my assignment for H818 The Networked Practitioner.

My assignment impacts the way I see things, the way I filter my Twitter feed, my intentional searching, and the paste to hold the fragments together. I read a blog post which I wouldn't use in my academic writing (as it is most likely to be skewed towards the company product and the base references are not strong) but provides food for thought.

'Our brains are wired to forget things.' (Learning and Remembering Equation)

If this is true, it's scary for educators. The blog post has an interesting equation and I'm going to use that to look at my current project a bit closer.
The Knowledge Guru. 2017

I'm involved in designing a program for teaching adult learners how to operate a metal 3D Printer which is unique (claimed world-first) in its technology to provide fast metal prints. Read more here. In particular, I'm focusing on the troubleshooting aspect and using some sort of 'reality' (Augmented Reality is the most relevant but also the most expensive) activity in the learning design. The main thing is to avoid the 'wow' factor of using this technology. From my readings, it can be most effective when used for activities that would benefit from repeating, can use mobility and use the interest factor for an activity that would appear mundane. To incorporate the timely feedback, some sort of game could be introduced and I'm thinking a choose your own adventure type of activity. Including a narrative aspect can also encapture emotion and perhaps some motivation. I believe that troubleshooting is a particular mindset that some people find easier than others. It is more than 'google-the-answer', as it needs correct terminology and for the 3D printer it will need scientific and manufacturing expertise as well. The importance of the ability of the student to retrieve this information can be compounded by the urgency of error in operation. This reminds me of the First Aid training I had this year. Certain aspects of the 'troubleshooting' for real scenarios could have benefited from some technology (fake blood at least!). Now my task is to chunk up the troubleshooting aspects, choose the one best suited for Augmented Reality, teach myself how to do that and prepare a presentation of the final solution!

December 27, 2018

Wendyland Graffiti

How could I represent my digital writing in an image?

Image: Wendy Taleo 2018 CC BY

Digital writing can be about sharing and letting these words fly to someone else's desktop, another pair of eyes. This photo was taken over glorious, miles of Australian soil. I live in the Northern Territory of Australia and Terry mentions this in his graffiti work. It is part of the territory of digital writing that we can not control who does what with this. We can guide (with license suggestions) and hope (for remixes) but we can not control. #MoDigiWri is already showing itself as a reciprocal and thoughtful group of people. Here is the digital writing that happened from this post.

This expanded to a poem (Kevin Hodgson), I love the line of the 'wing and a prayer' that accompanies many of my posts. This was then tuned in.

Hear the flow (Kevin Hodgson)

Graffiti and assumptions (Terry Elliott)
Terry generously guides us through the path of his gaze and visual assumptions. This digital degaussing allows a balancing of the magnetism of these responses. This colour correct version with it's AF and recursive nature is intriguing and I spend time to contemplate this shared territory at 10,000ft.

She can see (Wendy Taleo)

Process: This gif was created in an app called Glitch Art (ipad). Inserting the image above, flipped and selecting the second picture to fuse over it. The second step is adding the 'degaussing' effect and then to add the text.

Niall correctly identified the plane. I love the last part of the tweet 'control the trailing vertices'.  I guess this is what we do by using hashtags. Rather than getting lost in the slipstream, we add in some control in the vortex and keep the plane flying.

Curation as Composition

Wakelet has some new features of adding contributors. Who knows when this curation tool might dissappear! If you would like to be a contributor to this collection, please send me your email address.

December 26, 2018

Jump Start - More Digital Writing

Oh Christmas Code

Oh Christmas Code
Oh Christmas Code
How mysterious
Your mean and mode.

Oh Christmas Code
Oh Christmas Code
How luminous
To those that know.

This is my jumpstart for #MoDigiWri (More Digital Writing) where we are encouraged to blog 150 words for 30 days through Anna Smith's invite.
This code come from Terry's post which had all the code nicely displayed below the original work. This continues a theme I've had this year of looking at code, the layer beneath. From earlier discussions, Kevin notes that this type of writing can....

"harness the possibilities of the underlying yet mostly hidden “writing” — the computer code of the page that we read that has been represented as text but is actually not text..." (Kevin's post)

Part of this digital writing will be a description of process to create images or responses. Steps for the image above (ipad):
1) Screen clip the code portions
2) Edit the photos to show just the portions wanted
3) Bazaart app for arrangement of text, flipping and moving - save image
4) Paper53 app - use the image and add colour lines.

Another poem that is in progress is a Code Poem (please contribute through GitHub repository). This has been a road for me to learn GitHub with a code-non-code idea. A side project of the Mozilla Open Leaders Cohort 6 that I completed in December in conjunction with others.

Part of the value I get from digital writing is the connectedness with others (why is disconnectedness acknowledged by spell check but not the positive term?). This is a focus at the moment as I continue postgrad study through the lens of The Networked Practitioner . Through our interactions we seek to expand our understanding and extend and stretch our writing skills.

I wandered through these paddocks

Anna's invite on
Kevin's post on
Terry's question and

Sheri's sleeping kitten and more

November 9, 2018

How a sock met a maths sequence.

Socks, yes socks! Sarah is a great knitter and I responded to her call out and the results are so cool! Sarah's wrote about this project but let's get some more details on the design.

This video inspired some thinking
If the Fibonacci sequence can be incorporated into music then maybe it would be a cool sock design!
The swirl is deceptively simple but needed some work to go onto the graph paper.
This number sequence makes a swirl that appears in nature. An image of a storm pattern gave Wendy
the final design of opposing swirls as in the eye of the storm.

Why love a maths sequence?
Fibonacci numbers follow an integer sequence. Possible shown in early Indian work of poetry formed
by words of two syllables. The design here took the sequence this far:
(see diag below for sock pattern)

How are the stripes worked out?
Sarah had already made one pair of socks using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.
Wendy produced the spirals based on two opposing swirls. Sarah thought about incorporating some
stripes as well,.

Running up and down through the sequence throughout the sock.  Wendy’s spiral pattern spanned
over 65 rows, a good number of rows for a sock is roughly 100, so Sarah played around with some
numbers to make this fit. She ended up with stripes above and below the main spiral pattern in blue
and green, using a sequence of: 8 blue, 5 green, 3 blue, 2 green, 1 blue, 1 green for the stripes above
the spiral pattern, and stripes of 1 green,1 blue, 2 green,3 blue, 5 green under the spiral pattern and
above the heel. The heel is knitted over 32 stitches, so Sarah emphasised the beginning of the
Fibonacci sequence by using a stripe of alternate stitches in blue and green across the whole heel,
before returning to a full sequence for the foot and toe.The foot sequence was 1 blue, 1 green, 2 blue,
3 green, 5 blue, 8 green,13 blue, 8 green, 5 blue, 3 green, 2 blue, 1 green, 1 blue; and the toe
sequence was 2 green, 3 blue, 5 green, 3 blue, 2 green, 1 blue, 1, 2 blue, 1 green, then joined with an
invisible grafting stitch.

What about entropy?
Nick Sousanis is an inspiration in his writings and visual work. The swirl on the entropy page here: is eerily familiar to the Fibonacci spiral.
This page talks about the inevitable change in things and the downward flow of the river of life.
“Each of us, during our brief time in the stream, has the opportunity to reflect on the forces that s
et this in motion, and reach in to send up something uniquely our own against the flow.” (Sousanis, 2013)

This collaboration provided that opportunity.

All images: Sarah Honeychurch

October 11, 2018

Connections in Code

Connections in Code

A poem for the IndieWeb

Stuck in the deep web
Many words not shared
What lays beneath
Can connect us all.

What lays beneath
The hard edges of our words
Lying at the back of our throat
Swallowing pride.

Love sits messily
On our shoulders
Unspoken words
Molding our being.

Unspoken code
Not written to be read
Smothers the digitality
Creating hidden landscapes.

<b>Connections in Code</b></h2>
<i>A poem for the IndieWeb</i></div>
Stuck in the deep web
Many words not shared
What lays beneath
Can connect us all.

What lays beneath
The hard edges of our words
Lying at the back of our throat
Swallowing pride.

Love sits messily
On our shoulders
Unspoken words
Molding our being.

Unspoken code
Not written to be read
Smothers the digitality
Creating hidden landscapes.

The Jury - Haiku Death Match

Chosen from the many
What is your occupation?
Too late. Now sworn in.

Dirty laundry spread
Stories clog and fog my brain
It's winter time in court.

No verdict (whispered)
GUILT - bounding off polished walls
Season of locked doors

Wendy Taleo

Part of the Red Dirt Poetry Festival, 2018.

September 25, 2018

Buddy's Friend - A Vision for Virtually Connecting

 My next open adventure is part of the Mozilla Open Leaders programme. Working with others from Virtually Connecting, we are in 3/14 week and working on the vision. The outline for the project is here. This post will look at a more visual version as I find black and white words are sometimes difficult to work with and discussing definitions of words take time.

What we might need is a Virtually Connecting (Buddy) Friend! Buddy is a particular role in Virtually Connecting to denote those onsite and remove that 'buddy' together to open the conversation to others. In this context, it is where we can ask questions and get a friendly, personalised answer! In real terms, the backend of this 'Buddy' would be a members database. Throughout the process with our Mozilla mentor, we will be able to finesse this vision and work out details.

Illustration: Wendy Taleo and colouring by Ted Taleo CC BY

Maybe we don't know what our totem pole (inspired by my son's drawing) will look like but we have a clear understanding of what questions currently exist and that we want to encourage our brand of radical hospitality. My son/advisor (aged 7) said that this totem is made up of person, Al and monkey. If I changed that to AI (artificial intelligence), this is pretty close to our vision! The people are the base of our community, we might need some technology on top of that with a clever, approachable, monkey (with headphones) to assist. Maybe the antenna at the top is our communication signaller.
The answers are there somewhere! At the moment you might have to collect your own data or peruse Youtube recordings or read various sections on the website or ask someone on the Slack channel or be briefed by another buddy. We will continue to #WOLO (think wallow) in this inquiry.

Work Open Lead Open #WOLO

September 15, 2018

Equity Unbound

Alternative CV for Equity Unbound
Alternative CV: Wendy Taleo 2018 CC BY

My alternative CV outlines some of the things in my day. Smash avo on toast (as the fancy cafe's call it) is always enhanced with vegemite. My clarinet is getting some air time recently and the book and ipad are never far away. A soft toy Cassowary keeps my son company with the moving image on the flat, glass screen. Shoes for the journey and a slither of film strip for reflection on technology past. These are the things that my CV doesn't say.

It starts with an invitiation.

Maha Bali posted her beautiful updated #altcv

but what struck me was the grey space left behind by the empty embed of dead technology. I responded with a grey space poem.
On the other side of the world, Kevin Hodgson was celebrating dot day. I added my #altcv there, unbound in a squound. He commented on the sound of this word, which kicked off this poem.

Which perhaps deserves to be heard.

August 20, 2018

My Drive

Perhaps it was all easier when it was just


But now it's more

What copy?
Which computer?
Cite while you write
Lost in Journal links
Concept overload
Backup here
Backup there
Backup over there
Just in case

What about the time to think?

Pen - Hand connects
Paper - Feel the grain
Write - Brain connects

With all these clicks, the thinking gets lost

20 minutes to even start concentrating

Then the phone rings or
The clock says it's time for lunch

July 25, 2018

Fairydust Analytics

Description of image: Curved gray facade with gray metal sheets
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

#fairydust analytics - a poem
What if
we can't count learning at all?*
what if
the patterns we see are an illusion
what if
the past does not predict the future
what if
our insights are blinkered by dollar signs
what if
being exceptional and outside the 'norm'
is a good thing
and what if
just because we can count something
doesn't mean it means something**
and so
why are we collecting the data?
and so
who will program the Learning Analytics tools?
and if
we were all considered to be individuals
big data visualisations might just become
architectural #fairydust wallpaper
what if.
by Wendy Taleo
*Dave Cormier
**George Siemen
An activity for H817 Openness and Innovation, 2018, Open University UK

For a #blimage challenge, find a photo on and write a blog post how it explains your view of Learning Analytics.

July 10, 2018

Invisible Maps

Map from Oregon Tech
Since coming to live in the desert I've had an increasing interest in this hidden map. The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) that lies beneath Australia, is one of the largest and deepest in the world and we rely on this source of water to sustain us. It covers 22% of the land mass in Australia ( This water table makes a hidden map, lying under the ground and sustaining life on the surface. The water temperatures in this area are also important in geothermal ecology. This hidden map is so important and understood by the indigenous peoples and only more recently have detailed maps been created like the one above.

Kevin's poetry response sparked this post.

Part of the July activities for #CLMOOC 

May 29, 2018

Open Scholarship - being vulnerable

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
I'm tagging along with Festival of Learning (#FoL18) this week. The first Virtually Connecting session was with Jessie Stommel who just romped through a keynote 'Centering Teaching: The Human Work of Higher Education' to open the conference. During the Virtually Connecting session he posed many questions, one of which was

How do we make our scholarship vulnerable?
How can we make our scholarship an act of trust? 

One way that I am evolving my open scholarship is through volunteering. Volunteering is also another form of Professional Development for me. Due to my isolated location, this happens online, openly and with a diverse group of fantastic educators (well they educate me) that operate in platforms of trust.

I'm volunteering with Virtually Connecting again this year and have accepted/formalised my work in that space by being listed as the "Australasian Lead". This means that people can contact me for links into conferences in my region. We operate a Slack channel for conference hookup organisation. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to finally get to have a conversation with those onsite at the conference. This has allowed me to be in touch with a wide range of people and be vulnerable and be open to mistakes (and aha! moments) as we try to connect across the globe. This blog post is a perfect example of intersections in the open and how I use that in my practise.

I also volunteer with the #CLMOOC crew (Connected Learning Open Options?). In the last year I've also been part of the Slack channel where we arrange pop-up events, throw around ideas and plan towards an annual event. Again, there is a support and trust here that allows me to throw ideas into the ring and support others in their ideas.

This year I've stepped up my involvement with an ASCILITE SIG dubbed TELedvisors (Technology Enhanced Learning "e" advisors). This means being part of a six-part leader group that thrashes things out in .... yep .... another Slack Channel. As our membership creeps over the 200 mark, this open group seeks to support all things TEL around Australian and New Zealand Universities. Putting up ideas also brings responsibility to bring ideas to fruition. It enables me to interact  and learn with my 'mob' throughout this region. There is another trust aspect with these other five people that I have never met face to face but work together on a regular basis.

Somehow I've chosen to be free for another volunteer involvement. I participated in #GovHack last year with a piece called 'Fabric4Life' and hope to lead the regional effort for the Northern Territory this year. With the byline Empower, Enable, Connect #GovHack fits in well with my open scholarship. This annual event seeks to get people using an open database for innovative ideas to help the community. There has already been an act of trust by the NT rep Shannon Loughton in putting my name forward for this position

Through these opportunities I have learnt to trust others, to ignore titles, to connect as humans and be vulnerable in the open.

May 2, 2018

From the Alchemist's Lab


Network Narratives from The Alchemist’s Lab to Monsters and beyond: a story of the potential of ‘global contemporaneity’

The images and story of this presentation will lead you on a journey to understand how a global, transmedia project in digital material thinking (Rae, 2018) is informing local practice.   This presentation explores how the researcher worked collaboratively to create individual artifacts to be placed in a digital ‘museum’ space called The Alchemist’s Lab.  This created a  ‘choose your own adventure’ narrative which offered adventurers an inviting space. Transformed local meanings have the capacity to communicate with the local community.  This digital museum explores the potential of such a globally created and situated web space to create a ‘3rd space’  of ‘global contemporaneity’ that supports the needs of locally situated individuals as they created context-specific meanings and to share these multiple perspectives and meanings. The presentation will conclude with the implications of using such technology (or transmedia) modes can have for informing future educational technology projects.

Wander around The Alchemist's Lab here.

Presented at the Knowledge Intersections II Symposium at Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs Campus, May 2018.

Thanks to Susan Watson, Kevin Hodgson, Sarah Honeychurch and Todd Conaway and all the other participants of the #NetNarr Alchemist's Lab.

April 2, 2018

A Museum of Digital Life, Art and Other Things

Image created from original drawing by @EatcherVeggies and modified with

Over the last couple of months I've been working with Kevin, Sarah and Todd and many more people on a project that we've dubbed the #NetNarr Alchemy Lab. 

at own risk
into the Alchemy Lab 
leave through the

Kevin's idea: 'Let's do something transmedia' turned into an emergent project that was based on the amazing drawings by @EatcherVeggies. The intent was to move 2D drawings into a '3rd space' that could be experienced in a 'choose your own adventure' kind of way. What emerged through a global collaboration in a google doc and Twitter DM group was a spark, an Entry Ticket and virtual Lab shelves stacked with objects. Participants bravely chose artefacts, not knowing who their neighbour would be in the final Lab or how the narrative was developing until the final project was revealed this week.

What I appreciate the most about the finished project is that these artifacts rest beside each other and complement each other. The individual makers had no overall vision of the lab or who was next to them when they created their work. The variety of digital work translates local interpretation into this global museum. The journey was amazing and continues with the possibilities of remixes and reflections that appear on the padlet wall.

Techo note: For best results, use a PC or desktop. Most of the links will work on a mobile device but not extensively tested for that. The background will work wonderfully through VR goggles but not all the objects will behave. I hope you will find the custom built VR piece in the mix.

More NetNarr blogging is here:

@Caedmon liked this post:
Kevin's Three Part Reflection has more details:

March 19, 2018

Thinking through place

Material Thinking and making from John Rae in a Creative HE exercise became a reflection on thinking through place, the way we use digital material and the third space. 

Glossy black
like a wig left


waiting for the owner
to return

blood red roses
on her windowsill

blown away
and yet connected

fragment of light
hinge together

Can this poem stand alone without the painting's support? Should it?

Emergent or explosion. The result of the exercise/event/fun today in exchanging poetry, painting and digital variations has absolutely exploded my thinking and connected quite a few (previously disparate) thoughts. Through John's Material Thinking piece I have been reading the writings of Magaret Somerville. This is leading me to consider the 'thinking through place' and the global vs localisation of what is created in the digital (some call a third space) place. It is not possible to create anything else but where I am coming from and the ground on which I place my feet.

These flash collaborations are precious. Happening in a short time space but the impacts and flow-on effects last much longer.

Fragment of light

Pixelated Dreams

The full G+ Community Thread is here.

February 17, 2018

Feeling [not] very happy on FB

You are probably aware of the 2014 'experiment' by Facebook. There has been assessment and re-assessment of that fb issue. Well Jess says they got it wrong. We don't want to see the people we don't like (but appear on our feed) happy. But I'm here to say Jess might have it wrong! This is not backed up by big data but by my small data.

The past few weeks I've been bombarded (emotionally) with different types of images from one place. On the public feed there are happy smiling faces, at the beach, going to town, on holiday, visiting overseas. On the other [Messenger feed] I've been haunted by tragic images of my mother-in-law dying. Four bare walls and mats on the floor.  At first I just wanted to hit Facebook over the back of the head, like a naughty child. But then this software facilitated our first video contact with this situation and it saved our sanity for that week. How could you complain? Messenger just seemed to work when our land lines/under sea cables and wireless/mobile/xG connections with various people, did not. (Assuming the credit lasted.) But now I'm waking up at night and thinking of these two disparate sets of photos. I'm thinking that the happy smiling faces deserve to lead their life, while others are dying. I'm thinking the tragic pictures are pared down and stark and probably over emphasise the tragedy (or not). I can't see who is just out of lens range or the singing that might be heard or the food smells from the kitchen. Then there are the pictures not taken, the unseen (from my eyes) events that we recreate by reading between the lines of the dm messages. All I'm left with is stale, hard bread crumbs of time past. I'll cry by myself, when she passes. I'll be grieving from afar. Having family in another place is very difficult at these times.

The other contrast is between different social media platforms. Recently when my friend was diagnosed with ....oh will I say it? ..... you know....the 'C' word. Yeah, breast cancer. I hinted (without saying too much) on Twitter and got a few, lovely 'sorry to hear that' replies. However on Mastodon, I was able to express myself much more (and add a hide/expand option for people not wanting to be bombarded with that info). I got candles (virtually flickering), sharing of same experiences, sharing of strategies and other words that felt like a comforting hug. Does this make it a 'better' platform with better design? (maybe) Does this mean that I should stop sharing such stuff on Twitter? (well, no) Does this mean that I feel better after writing about this in this space? (absolutely) Is this the best place for such public/private writing? (who knows)

January 22, 2018

The DT Robot

Comic strip created by Wendy Taleo CC BY SA

This comic is in response to Zoltar (the #Netnarr robot who is programmed by an Internet Dog) and design thinking in Education after a Twitter chat last week on this subject.