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