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Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning [...]

Content is the least stable and least valuable part of education. Reports continue to emphasize the automated future of work (pfdf). The skills needed by 2020 are process attributes and not product skills. Process attributes involve being able to work with others, think creatively, self-regulate, set goals, and solve complex challenges. Product ski...

 

(Various) Shades of Grey [...]

A description on how the set of I Love Lucy was optimized for black and white television. This knowledge of the contrast secret is further revealed in the décor of the sets. These are painted in various shades of grey. props likewise follow the ethical demands of correct contrast, as do the wardrobes of the players. Even newspapers, when they are to appear in ...

 

Media Literacy [...]

Basic Definition Media literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication.  In its simplest terms, media literacy builds upon the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinke...

 

Getting Started: Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Settings:: Footer [...]

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Podcasting Education [...]

> The secret to why podcast audiences are growing and attracting new voices might be authenticity. In addition to being more diverse, podcast hosts are better at sounding like themselves. Even tightly edited podcasts like “Serial” and Gimlet Media’s “ Startup” allow people to speak spontaneously and conversationally. Some voices aired are slow and others ...

 

Human Scale Technology [...]

To me, the idea of human scale is critical. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that every idea must scale. That thinking is distracting, closes us off from great opportunities, and invites unnecessary complexity.   Turn down the amplifier a little bit. Stay small. Allow for human correction and adjustment. Build for your community, not the whole wo...

 

Don’t Call This Gamification [...]

Reality Ends Here was an environmental game at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) where students would secretly enter a hidden, optional, and unofficial game designed to serendipitous spark collaborative media-making. Don't call this gamification. Gamification is the application of points and badges and other representations onto real-world behaviors under the a...

 

Clinton and the Valley (Testing Known Syndication) [...]

This was originally posted at notes.adamcroom.com on my Known installation. If all works, this should end up at acroom.wikity.cc. Let's try some Wikity formatting: The idea that Mrs. Clinton is less likely than Mr. Sanders to let government get in the way of the Valley’s creativity and enterprise is one of her strongest selling points. Another is her pedigree as a W...

 

Chromatic Scale of Page Proportions [...]

Sizing and spacing type, like composing and performing music or applying paint to canvas, is largely concerned with intervals and differences. As the texture builds, precise relationships and very small discrepancies are easily perceived. Establishing the overall dimensions of the page is more a matter of limits and sums. In this realm, it is usually sufficient, and o...

 

Imitation and the Arts [...]

> After all we are a world of imitations; all the Arts that is to say imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see. Such is the eternal instinct in the human beast, to try & reproduce something of that majesty in paint marble or ink. Somehow ink tonight seems to me the least effectual method of all — & music the nearest to truth. Susan...

 

Machine vs Groove [...]

Message discipline could be compared to the hypothetical use of the drum machine, the human effect is lost even though it can be closely simulated by expert programmers. Any movement, organisation or political party that designs in message discipline designs out the fluidity and freedom that allows for a virtuosic interpretation of values and ideals to the detriment o...

 

“Most Empowering” Menu [...]

> The more choices technology gives us in nearly every domain of our lives (information, events, places to go, friends, dating, jobs) — the more we assume that our phone is always the most empowering and useful menu to pick from. Is it? The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices. But when we blindly surrender to the me...

 

Avatars as Social Status [...]

> For socially marginalized science-fiction fans and computer geeks, the virtual world could help people enjoy a level of social status and acceptance they lacked at home. Using a computer granted them a level of godlike power, because they had skills most people lacked. In advertisements for Habitat, the early online community was billed as a “place full of dram...

 

Racial Mystery Zone [...]

> Japanese audiences, unlike American audiences, don't understand Motoko to be a Japanese character, just because she speaks Japanese and has a Japanese name. This speaks to the racial mystery zone that so much anime exists in, allowing viewers to ignore such unpleasant dynamics as oppression and discrimination even as they enjoy stories that are often direct respo...

 

Musical Shovel Ware [...]

According to the former SVP of Publishing and Electronic Marketing, much of the decline of Tower Records wasn't because of the inability to think about the digital technology as the future, but the inability to bring the music labels alongside with them. Thus, much of the early digital offerings were limited to public domain songs. > One of the very real problems w...

 

Letting Humans Talk to Machines [...]

Skeumorphism is a phrase primarily used to described the way designers mimic the look of natural objects in their design. Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan argues that it's not just a design aesthetic, but also a way in which we design perceived affordances, a term coined by Don Norman. So skeuomorphism isn't a trend or a binary. It's not Forstall against Ive, or shadows ver...

 

Overconfidence by Gender and Major [...]

Some people are overconfident about the the truth of what they think, some are underconfident. Unsurprisingly, this varies by gender and major, with women being (on the whole) less confident than men and people in the humanities being less sure than those in areas like political science, law, and economics. {{Tags: Sexism, Confidence, Gender Bias}}...

 

Lewy Body Dementia [...]

Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. (html) [caption id="attachment_460" align="alignright" width="300"] (source)[/caption] People with Lewy body disease have Lewy bodies in the mid-brain region (like those with Parkinson's disease) and in the cortex of the ...

 

Lust for Life Rhythm [...]

The rhythm of the Iggy Pop song "Lust for Life" came from a beep pattern from Armed Forces Radio. The *New York Times* explains: >Mr. Pop and Mr. Bowie, seated on the floor — they had decided chairs were not natural — were waiting for the Armed Forces Network telecast of “Starsky & Hutch.” The network started shows with a call signal that, Mr. Pop said...

 

The Laptop Is Over, 1985 Edition [...]

From the New York Times, December 1985, a screed against portable technology: > WHATEVER happened to the laptop computer? Two years ago, on my flight to Las Vegas for Comdex, the annual microcomputer trade show, every second or third passenger pulled out a portable, ostensibly to work, but more likely to demonstrate an ability to keep up with the latest fad. Last y...

 

Matrix Torrent Survives 12 Years [...]

> A fan-created ASCII version of the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix is the oldest known torrent that's still active. Created more than 12 years ago, the file has outlived many blockbuster movies and is still downloaded a few times a week, even though the site from where it originated has disappeared....

 

Conversational Gapping [...]

The typical gap between speech turns in conversation is just 200ms. The small gap is possible because we construct our response while the other person is speaking. > When we talk we take turns, where the “right” to speak flips back and forth between partners. This conversational pitter-patter is so familiar and seemingly unremarkable that we rarely remark on i...

 

Clara Peeters [...]

Clara Peeters was the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age. From Wikipedia: >Clara Peeters (probably Antwerp 1594 – possibly after 1657) was a still-life painter who came from Antwerp and trained in the tradition of Flemish Baroque painting, but probably made her career mostly in the new Dutch Republic, as part of Dutch Golden Age painting. ...

 

Internet of Broken Things [...]

Phrase coined by Ward Cunningham in 2014 denoting the coming disaster of Internet of Things incompatibility, bugginess, and security issues. The problem? We don't own the pieces we think we do. The smart device is built on a substrate of constantly shifting licenses, end-user agreements, APIs, and marketing agreements. > This is how the internet of things will work...

 

A Curriculum of Comma Splices [...]

David Wiley believes if you run the logic of the microcredential to ground you get to a place where higher ordered qualities are valued. Gardner Campbell replies that in composition, CBE has been a failure, because you end up with a curriculum about comma splices. Measure precisely and you will begin to value the things that can be precisely measured....

 

Cordless Phones Kill Privacy [...]

From Popular Communications, June 1991: > On April 20th, The Press Democrat, of Santa Rosa, Calif., reported that a scanner owner had contacted the police in the community of Rohnert Park to say that he was overhearing cordless phone conversations concerning sales of illegal drugs. The monitor, code named Zorro by the police, turned over thirteen tapes of such con...

 

There Is No Dark Side of the Moon, Really [...]

The Moon has a far side (a side that is always facing away from earth) but has no dark side. As the moon passes between us and the sun the far side is bright side. As the Moon goes around the other side, the near side is the bright side (and we see it in the sky). As the far side has generally been more exposed to objects from deep space it is also the more rugged o...

 

Policy Through Bridge Height [...]

Robert Caro discusses his shock at understanding how seemingly neutral infrastructure decisions were being used to enforce segregation. Here he discusses Robert Moses, a mayor who built racism into the city's architecture. The example: he built 180 or so bridges too low for buses to pass under, effectively keeping black users of public transport out of broad swaths of...

 

How Virtual Reality Limits Imagination [...]

Immersive virtual experiences are immersive precisely because they do not display "overt assemblage". The design is covert, hidden. While this creates engagement and fluidity, it also puts the structure of the information (and its attendant conclusions) beyond the reach of the player. From a description of the early 2000 edutainment piece _The Lost Museum_: > That ...

 

Suicide Rates Fall in Russia [...]

> New figures show that the number of suicides in Russia has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. Such low levels were last seen at the end of Nikita Khrushchev's rule and in Leonid Brezhnev's first years in power...

 

The Three Strikes Memo [...]

The [[Federal Three Strikes]] law was underused by federal prosecutors in the first years after its enactment. This led to the 1995 Three Strikes Memo, encouraging prosecutors to make better use of the law in their existing cases. > This provision should play a key role in every district's anti-violent crime strategy. To help us make the most effective use possibl...

 

The Problem with Asynchronish Environments [...]

Samuel Hulick identifies Slack as a platform that is neither asynchronous or synchronous. It's asynchron_ish_. He argues the results of this : > At first I thought this sounded delightful — it would be the best of both worlds! I was always free to drop someone a line, and if they were feeling chatty, a full-fledged conversation could simply spring up, with ...

 

Equality of Inputs vs. Corruption [...]

One way to attack campaign finance is to argue it results in corruption. This is an argument about outputs, and it ends up being a complex and slippery argument to prove or measure. An alternate way is to take an "equality of inputs" approach: > Equality of inputs is a measurable standard, particularly if we measure it in terms of money contributed. By contrast, c...

 

Twitter Is a Community with No Community Tools [...]

A thought to get down here: Twitter is in many ways a community, the way a BBS is a community. But the loosely coupled nature of the community means that Twitter has no way to protect itself from the effects of scale. If there is a summary for the Tragedy of Twitter, this is it. Facebook is different than Twitter, both because it is less of a community in itself: it...

 

Help:: Creating Blockquotes [...]

``` To blockquote text, start on a new line and put an angle bracket ('>') in front of your paragraph, like this: > This is my blockquote ```...

 

Help:: Making Wiki Links [...]

``` Link to another page in your wiki (or someone else's Wikity wiki) by using double bracket syntax, like [[this]]. Because you are linking to a page name, it often makes sense to link to the capitalized page name like this: [[The Empty Boat]]. Page names and links are the same in wiki, so choose names wisely. ```...

 

Help:: Making Text Italic [...]

``` You can italicize text by putting an underline on each side, like _this_. It _works with phrases_ too. ```...

 

Help:: Making Text Bold [...]

``` You can bold text by putting two asterisks around the text, like **this**. It **works with phrases** too. ```...