1. natalie

    Sunday Reads

    Magnetic : Again, just a girl!

    Starting in the 40s, during World War II, a mother with her three children flees from East Berlin to West Germany in one night following a marsh by thousands of refugees when her only son dies. Her husband, the scientist Dolphy, arranges for his …

  2. @Sheefa_ahmed

    Expert Advice: How to Improve Remote Education Collaboration


    As we’re witnessing with schools and learning communities around the world, education is shifting dramatically. With the right set of tools, your class, team, or group can learn to communicate and collaborate more efficiently online. Since our company was founded over fifteen years ago, the people behind the scenes at …

  3. amiddlet50

    Learning Spaces Iceberg


    This infographic represents the complexity of learning space discourse and points to the experiential value of the ‘hidden depths’ where the space is least understood because it is least represented and least visible – who are the advocates for the non-formal experience in which the agency and spatial literacy of …

  4. Downes

    Dead Milkweed


    October 26, 2020. The cold has come, the rains have started, and they even had some snow in the city today. I was indoors all day presenting at and attending the ePIC 2020 conference on open recognition. I like doing presentations because they always push my thinking, but they can…
  5. Downes

    Mer Bleue Bog Trail


    October 25, 2020. Andrea and I went for a 9 km hike along the Mer Bleue Bog Trail today. It was a crisp 7 degrees but sunny and nice. The trail out was great, but on the way back, well, it was a bog. Still, it was great exercise and…
  6. Downes

    Emma on the Rug


    October 24, 2020. The expected rains did not materialize but it was still an indoor day for me as I prepared my Open Recognition Networks talk for Monday. This is Emma waiting patiently for food. Or string games. or something. https://flic.kr/p/2jZ1Qbk
  7. Downes

    St. Lawrence River


    October 23, 2020. I could not resist getting out for a ride on what is for sure the last nice day of the year. So it was about 90 km to the St.Lawrence River and back. I also had a nice lunch at Rockin Rhonda’s in Avonmore (while taking part…
  8. Downes



    October 22, 2020. This is why you don’t want to split kitten siblings up. That’s (from top down) Julia, Emma and Charlemagne. We bought another cat couch today, though we evidently don’t need it. Today I spent working on a talk for next week on open recognition networks. Some good…
  9. Downes

    High Falls Conservation Area


    October 21, 2020. I took a walk after work down to the river to take a few photos of the High Falls Conservation Area. It’s a really nice area and it’s only a few minutes to walk. Today was another day focused on data literacy, but I need to begin…
  10. zenas suitcase

    Things to do in Nottinghamshire with Kids


    Things to do in Nottinghamshire is sponsored by Visit Newark, but all the fun and adventure we had is completely our own!  Planning a family day out has definitely got more challenging recently. Despite the fact that Covid has overshadowed our lives for most of the year, it’s doesn’t mean …

  11. Downes

    Lexi in the Kitchen


    October 21, 2020. Even with the excitement of the kittens I make sure Lexi is well tended with regular tuna and attention. She is also the catalyst for string games, which the kittens love. Today was focused on data literacy, again. https://flic.kr/p/2jXEShq
  12. Downes



    October 19, 2020. I saw this dogwood by the deck in the back just glistening in the rain and had to make it today’s photo. This morning I did a seminar on personal learning and through the afternoon I did newsletter posts and reading for data literacy. https://flic.kr/p/2jXbgA7
  13. @carrie_vogel

    5 Key pieces for creativity and life


    Have you ever thought about all those links you click on that market big ideas and plans to boost your creativity, but they all want you to pay for their publications? Or signing up to be bombarded by a series of emails to your inbox everyday… doesn’t that just irk …

  14. natalie

    “Lines Depicting Simple Happiness,” by Peter Gizzi


    “It feels right to be up this close in tight wind

    It feels right to notice all the shiny things about you

    About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know

    With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler”

    —”Lines Depicting Simple Happiness,” by Peter Gizzi…

  15. Downes



    October 17, 2020. I was able to get out for a 60 km bike ride today to Russell and back, and visited family along the way for an hour and a half or so (all is well with them I’m happy to say). This is dried corn intended (I believe)…
  16. Downes

    Cat Couch


    October 16, 2020. We picked up a cat couch at the store yesterday and they took to it instantly. At any given time now, there will be one cat or another in the cat couch. Today was another data literacy day – I’m making good progress, I’ve identified some key…
  17. Downes

    Parking Lot


    October 15, 2020. I know my life may appear glamorous in my social media photos, but sometimes it’s ordinary, as in the case of noon today when we drove into town to get some groceries. Still deep into researching data literacy literature. https://flic.kr/p/2jW9zxV
  18. Downes



    October 10, 2020. This is a loaf of Andrea’s bread. I can’t overstate how good it is to have home-baked bread in the house. Today was a quiet indoor day spent puttering around with Angular and other web frameworks and creating OLDaily posts. https://flic.kr/p/2jTk9Na

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