August 14, 2017

Once Upon a GIF Story

This is a story of collaboration, ideas, experimentation and our relationship to technology. It's also about being willing to follow through with what we might (lightly) put into Twitter chats!

You will see the GIF story (17 pages) thanks to Kim (@MrKMaston) and a willingness to collaborate. We chatted about the concept over Twitter DM and then took it in turns to add a page to the story. As you 'read' the story I'm sure you will make your own interpretation. Like a comic strip, there is enough mystery in the silence and the gaps between the moving images for the reader to get involved. Leave some comments about the possibilities that you see in GIF stories.

View it via Twitter moment:

(written after the story was compiled and not sanctioned by Kim)

Once upon a time
there was a generation
that could only interact
through their shared technology.

This was not a good situation!

Something had to be done?
Who to call?
Would post-humanism be a solution?

that same generation of people,
ignored climate change and
continued to feed the web
with pictures of themselves
with only their self-selected
best side.

Nooooooooooooooo, said the others.

Could new technology save us?
Is there anyone out there to help us?


Perhaps reading the manual would help?
The solution is here somewhere.....

The crowds were lined up to witness the next best thing!

With new bells and whistles, infinity screens, smaller batteries,
colour lights and explosions....

All that happened was the setting of the sun,
falling of a wave, feet running on a treadmill, 
a never ending story.

The only thing left to do was 
destroy the thinking 
behind the technology




August 2, 2017

How a poem travelled

A Postcard (me)
Poem (me)
squiggle (Karon B)
music (me)
another voice (Karon B)
a remix (Kevin H)
a small story (me)
a drawing (Sheri E)
another story (Sheri E)

That is a #CLMOOC adventure.
Each time the postcard was handled with care.
Treated with respect.
Interpreted and shared.
No stamps required.

Most of this is found on a Postcard Reimagined or on Sound Mountains.

Please add your interpretation to Sound Mountains. 
Thinking about doodling this week in #CLMOOC.

August 1, 2017

Data to Design

I've been collaborating with Karon Bielenda. Karon started collecting data from Google plus on the posts that she has shared as part of the Connected Learning MOOC. She shared the spreadsheet with me and we started playing and discussing options to use this data in different ways. 

The raw data looked something like this:
Post XXX
Person A made a comment
Person B liked it
Person C liked it and made a comment
Person D reshared the post
By playing with all the Excel chart formats, I created this radial design.  This only includes 4 numbers and does not include the people side of it (that gets more messy!). On reflection I thought that this looked like a leaf or petal of a flower.

The next step was to take a screen capture of the Excel chart. I moved it into Baazart app on my ipad. I could then 'cut out' and copy the petal, duplicate it and add the background. It seems like wallpaper to me plus it would make a great postcard to send out.

Like the zeros that sit at the centre, these mini projects are like germinating seeds for ideas. I've taken this idea and applied it to a weekend hackathon and created a wallpaper design from open data!

I've just discovered that Australia Post has a print-and-send postcard service through an App! It is only marginally more expensive that sending your own postcard. I'm thinking that will be a good option for my next round of CLMOOC postcards that I send over the waters in various directions.

July 22, 2017

Sound Mountains - a #CLMOOC adventure

My first post for CLMOOC 2017....but so much has already been happening. The Twitter and G+ feeds have been keeping me busy! From a daily connect activity (thanks Kevin Hodgson) Karon Bielenda and I have been working together. Here is a bit of an insight into the process and thinking so far.

Postcards: from the Twitter chat for Week 2, I've dug out my March-themed postcard that never quite got off the cutting room floor. The theme was music and here is a poem (plus a hidden poem) that I created on "What music means to me". I used colour to create some shapes around the poem. Karon said they looked like mountains and we are using that theme for this activity.

Digital or not: I've now shared the postcard in CLMOOC Around The World and it joins a rather delicious collection of postcards (in traditional format with back and front displayed).

Re-imagined: How could the postcard be reimagined? How could we expand and invite others into working with this image? Below is the padlet as a base for this activity. The first column has the original postcard and suggested instructions. The next 3 columns are available for others to add their versions of remixing this postcard (colouring, doodle, reframe etc). The last column is special!

Play this: If you want to draw a single line on the blank manuscript and share an image in the last column, I will attempt to play it (piano or clarinet) and share out the resulting music/sounds/beats.

Made with Padlet

Karon and I are working on a Thinglink idea as well! Stay tuned for that one. I look forward to seeing the padlet expand and grow as you contribute, have a go, remix and join in!

June 22, 2017

Hello Ned? - #DigCiz on Data and Privacy

I do not like this bed at all.
A lot of things have come to call.
A cow, a dog, a cat, a mouse.
Oh! What a bed! Oh! What a house!

Dr Seuss in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Photo credit: Wendy Taleo of Dr Seuss artwork.

A poem-logue of the discussion

Professor, professor,
this is a call for you.
To get your hands tech-dirty,
understand the issues, be amongst the few.

IT preacher, IT preacher,
this is a call for you.
Head out from your safety cave.
Wait! Don't go as far as the Wild West Open.

Student, student,
I'm listening to your voice.
I want to write you a policy place,
to rest your weary choice.

you short-sighted crew.
Can't you hear those voices?
They're not new.

Student, student.
(I'm whispering now)
The big bad data collector
is all around you.

I love data
I do, I do,
I don't love policy
How much 'IT' are you?

No spamming, that's bad!
When did you last review
The acceptable use policy
at your house?

Think about the individual first,
not the systems.
This is not natural progression,
for those nerdy blimpsters.

Let's put IT at the lead
They could do it, can't they?
Instead of just that administration
Of gates and fences, locks galore.

Why create separate groups
that handle the touch points?
Where technology touches teaching and
where tech touches students.

"Maximise safety and minimise risk"
What kind of policy is that?
It don't work so well
for the pedagogy frat.

'Embrace the uncertainty' is mandatory
in this endless newbie state.
Who will drag us through?
Are constant update games our fate.

Policy takes time 
we all know that tradition-tape.
What sort of citizens do we need to be
to stop the misrepresentations

Domain, domain,
Are you my own?
What are you threatening
by existing in this town?

Are the windows unlocked?
Are the doors left ajar?
Are the cash-bulging pockets
Seen from afar?

Can we be more permeable?
Provide more than blessed bread.
A guide for picking
from a large lolly jar, you said?

(I shout your name)
Where is your turf
To play academic games?

Can you hear me, Ned?

Acknowledging all these wonderful people on the call.