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Pathways

Badge Pathways

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Pathways by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

Gold, Silver, Bronze, yawn…

This (standard) approach prevents the issuing organisation from having to think too deeply about how learners might interact with what they’ve got to offer.

There’s more than one way to string together some badges.

Artificial Intelligence…

artificial intelligence

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So I’ve been meeting with Kin Lane recently (aka API Evangelist) trying to get a deeper hold on all things API (or Application Programming Interface for what it’s worth). As an ex-programmer, I’m interested to understand the evolution of how APIs are being used. A number of insights emerged from our conversation, including this aligned view of artificial intelligence albeit from contrasting positions…

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Creative Constraints

Creative Constraint

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One of my favourite classical works is Franz Liszt’s piano remix of Beethoven’s nine symphonies (here’s Gould playing No 6). He filters what what was created for an orchestra, squeezes it for two hands and one instrument. For me, it created a bridge to access and appreciate the original; a way in…

Black pen on white paper.

It’s a creative constraint that I’ve grown to love. Boil it down, then let it evolve.

Created whilst reviewing Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder.

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CC & Me

CC and me

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I love the idea of the Creative Commons, and the more I create the more of a Commoner I become. Over the last while, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the CC team on a few different projects.

One aspect of CC licensing that’s always bothered me is the icons themselves. I’d like to mark my creation as being part of the Commons, but am acutely aware of the addition of a heavy visual on the illustration itself.

Following a conversation with Maha Bali and Sue Beckingham, I thought – why not create an icon relating to the context of the creation itself?

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Perspective

Perspective

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…it took me a while to realise that prayer is often about perspective. The situation itself doesn’t change, but how you see it does. I don’t believe in a God that reaches out of heaven to tweak something in the space-time continuum in order just to make me more comfortable. If that were the case I’d be the god. But when I verbalise my worries and give them up, there is somehow a releasing power — and a degree of objectivity.

(extract from my weekly dollop of visual thinkery newsletter)

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Creative work has DNA

Creative work has DNA

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I had the recent pleasure of doing some conversational thinkery with Alan Levine about what Creative Commons means to us both. When I create something, it’s an outpouring of my self, both consciously and unconsciously, which is one of reasons I sign all my work – the ebb and flow of a creation that evolves and takes shape – and who knows how it ends up like it does. Obey the idea…

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