Quote: “Ok, we didn’t exactly ban email. We still have accounts, primarily for external communication. But, people are also more than welcome to leave them on for notifications from internal apps. Email gets used for tons of things it isn’t good for. So here is how we replace it:”
Go read the article and notice what activities they wanted to support, then what tools and practices they assembled to support those activities. This is a great case study of technology stewardship!
My teams are working for PAGe http://www.carolinapage.org/ which aims to help girls. Quite naturally the question “Why just girls?” came up. In the discussion I heard different arguments. On example was “girls are more distracted when there are boys around” which is something that I normally would like to challenge and discuss more about. Upon reflecting I was wondering why I didn’t stir up the discussion more in the classroom. Did I just want the students to focus on the task at hand and not be sidetracked into a long discussion? Was I afraid that there were too many different opnions and cultural backgrounds in the room and it wouldn’t be a good idea to ‘stir the pot’ ? Or was I thinking that it is not our place to challenge the foundations of our clients organisation? I’m still thinking about it. But I do think it is a not an issue to bury and not talk about any more. For myself I am still not sure if am pro or con ‘positive discrimination’ in general.
Sometimes TV helps to reflect. I started to watch the Bletchley circle series recently. About a group of very intelligent women that were on a decoding team during WWII and after the war they were put back into the roles that society then saw fit for women. But then one of them saw a pattern in a series of murders and they started workign on it. Watching the series I keep being shocked at the position of women at that time. And my grandmother was young during the war so that’s not that far away. It’s great that we find equal positions for men and women the norm in society and live by that. But it’s also good to acknowledge that that’s not always reality. I hope that we will have interesting further talks on this issue in the future…
So yesterday I was on my bike on my way home from work thinking about blogging and about grading blogs. The thing that came into mind was ”clarity of writing’ . I find it really important and also thnk that it is an impotant skill for all of your career. (I have been reading some graduation reports that lack clarity and don’t do justice to the projects). To me clarity of writing is closely related to clarity of thinking. While writing, you turn things ove rin your head. Hell, merely putting vague thoughts into sentences with a beginning and end already clarifies your thinking. When grading blogs it can be more difficult to poitn out unclarity of thinking, because it can be part of the style or personality of the blog to not be that clear. But still I will try to give good feedback on it. In my mind, while on my bike or in the shower I have already written uncountable blogs and letters that never ended up in actual writing but did help clear up my thinking. And then the other thing that I hope to see in the blogs is a personal touch and development. Last Friday I was at the wedding of my brother. He and his girlfrien dhave been together for 17 years already adn during the party some pictures from during those 17years were put on a big screen. That was so endearing to see their development from drinking partying teenagers to drinking partying responsinle adults ;-) I guess that’s what I am most looking forward to again this school year, seeing the development of the students from confusiast starters to capable young designers!
. ps is saying ‘Hell’ in a blog post acceptable language? Please comment if you think it isn’t
It has been wonderful to see some of you incorporate visuals into your blog posts, particularly when they help add context, meaning or describe something. I thought it might be good to share some tips on how to source visual and other materials, and how to respect the ownership rights of those materials. I asked Alan for some suggestions, because he teaches a course called DS106 which is a well-spring of creativity and includes some wonderful examples of reuse and remix of existing materials. (DO check it out!) He suggested the Creative Common’s site as a primary reference. Creative Common is a place where you can learn about different alternatives to traditional copyright. I’d suggest EVERYONE take a look at this site. When it comes time to make your video’s at the end of the course, you will a) have the choice about what kind of license to put on your work (for example, everything on my blog is a Creative Commons Share Alike License. (b) If you use materials other than things you and your team have created, you have a choice about how you acknowledge the ownership of that material. One strategy is to mine the wealth of Creative Commons licensed materials and SKIP all together things with a copyright. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the Creative Common’s site.
Tutoring class today reminded me a lot of my first climbing days. I was just learning the basic skills like belaying and climbing simple routes. I would look at the wall in the climbing gym baffled by the shear amount of coloured grips on there. I was totally focussed at getting to the top as fast as I could, and struggling to get there. All those colours, grips and routes to choose from. It was not straightforward at all.
There I was trying to get to the top and meanwhile struggling to find the right grips, the right footing, even the right balans. I was not getting to the top fast at all. What was the fun in that? Apart from my fear of hights, this thought made me feel uncomfortable, out of place even. What was I missing here?…
Eventualy something changed. After I climbed a couple of times, I got hooked. The puzzling, figgering out the route while climbing, felt most satisfying. In a way I felt excited everytime I would start a new route or tried to finish an old one. I was no longer preoccupied with getting to the top.