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About:Blank – All that is said- has been said – and yet I am not disappointed.

Throttle Back

Throttle back
Take the back seat
Smell the sweaty leather
Lick some salty lips

Close the eyes
Goto here and now
Eat the ice cream
Drink the beer

Kiss your own finger tips
Tickle the back of your hand
Laugh at your own jokes
Walk in warm.sand

Fuck that instant message
Don’t share a thing
Wink at an old woman
Don’t take a photo

Look at the cover of a book
Plan to stare
Don’t answer any why questions
Fart quietly everywhere

Turn you back
Walk away
Close the door
Don’t make hay

Get undressed
Slip into cool sheets
Turn off the lights
Wait for the heat

Find the sweet spot
Caress and sigh
Hit the high note
Sweat and lie

Throttle back the thoughts
Don’t learn something new
Be someone else
Don’t be you

Open the window
Tell the world to fuck off
Remember your naked
Put on some socks

Crack the phone with a hammer
Drink cool beer
Slip gently away
Into some happy near

Don’t come back
Don’t be you
Throttle back
Be something new

!984 – Total Reflection

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “1984.”

Like the infinite prison of the Panoptican, comes the infinite horror of the room with yourself. A room of mirrors to exhibit your total reflection to yourself. This is the ultimate post-modern idea of reflection, with a deafening ambient silence, just a slow bass rumble and just the right amount of light to keep yourself awake. Comfortable? yes, making you at ease with your self; clothes – no, allowing the gaze of the whole of yourself.

You look and everywhere you see is yourself, you see the two dimensions at first. You enjoy your naked self and allow some fantasy to take over and perhaps some relief of pleasure. After the slow time of self pleasure comes the nightmares of nothing but you. You walk towards the mirrors, the infinite amount of mirrors. Perhaps the only escape is lying down on the floor, but your mind will not allow this for long.

You turn over, seeing the meat slab of the corpse, the view of your death. There is no escape from your reflection, from every blemish; nothing is perfect. The Panoptican is not torture of trying to escape the gaze of others, but the gaze of yourself, or that significant other.

Your eyes start to see beyond the eyes, you look and you start to see someone else. Who is this person, am I now dead to myself? The body takes over and the slow subconscious of all those hidden horrors take over, you become possessed by that person you have repressed for so long.

When you leave, the inverse of the self and the repressed self are inverted, the horror of the real you is exposed. The real horror is that you enjoy it, released!


Can excessive blogging charge your laptop?

I like to consider myself a social entrepreneur, sharing an idea that someone else could make reality (or to their detriment too much money), mainly because I am too lazy to see it through and not interested in the fiscal outcome.

Here I am blogging excessively, and yet this could charge my computer – or could it?

Taking the example of speed bumps that are connected to generators, how about creating a keyboard that is a generator. Each key has a magnet, and when pressed passes through a coil, producing electricity. This electrical energy could be used to charge the laptop battery, and depending upon the amount of blogging the laptop will last longer between charges.

Indeed from a green perspective it should be a requisite to blog so many words per month, so that there is less demand on electrical supply.

This could also be used to “Jump Start” your laptop when dead, just start blogging!

Those of an entrepreneurial bent may use this idea to their hearts content, although I imagine that someone has already done this!

Social Enterprise Capitalism

After considering how I might charge individuals for short 2 hour technology courses, I started to consider a model for charging.

My initial thinking was around the form of low cost airlines, the first ones getting the best deal. Yet I consider this to support the individual rather than the group: the fastest with the right technology gets the best deal.

I have rejected this and am now considering what I call social enterprise capitalism. This concept is that there is a fixed price for a product or service and that for this product or service to be viable there has to be a minimum number of participants. There is also a quality point, which means that for the service to provide quality there is a maximum number of participants. Thus when more people book the lower the cost for everyone.

This notion rejects the idea of more sales more profit and enhances the idea of supporting others through consuming.

An example of this in practice could be a course for teachers on learning platforms. If this course is for 2 hours and it’s viability cost is £250, the minimum participant viability is 5 and the quality participant threshold is 15 then the maximum a participant would pay is £50, dropping to £16.66 when the course is full.

That is the more that attend the course, the lower the cost for all. This perhaps brings the idea of supporting others rather to get cheaper access to goods and services.

Imagined having an ariline like this, say for example there is a fixed cost to fly the plane giving 5% profit margin. Say the minumum number of passengers for the plane to fly is 50 to recoup the cost whilst keeping the initial ticket attractive. Then as more people book, the more people save until the plane is full! What a great thing to get an email saying that your flight now costs less each time a new passgenger books!

The 21st Century Learning Environment – a minimalist view

the 21st Century Learning enviroment is here:–

In the Face to Face learning Zone:-

  • An Interactive Whiteboard – just using a basic flip chart to assess students knowledge, and access to the LP, Youtube etc.
  • A teacher PC with bluetooth
  • A Digital camera for the teacher – to take snaps for reflective practice
  • 4 laptops with wireless connection and open office – used for basic use in group learning situations.
  • All students to have their own mobile devices – to capture learning events for reflective practice, bluetooth enabled and
  • A3 paper, marker pens, postits, bluetack – and walls free of posters.
  • A learning platform that offers web 2.0

The dispersed learning zone (individual, home, bus, social)

  • A home PC with bluetooth.
  • Mobile device with bluetooth

What learning technology minimalist knowledge does the teacher need:-

How to take and upload digital photos, how to use the basic features of the interactive whiteboard, how to setup questions and wikis on a learning platform. The pedagogy of co-operation and collaboration, excellent digital literacy.

What learning technology minimalist knowledge does the learner need:-

How to contact their peers, how to create a social learning network, how to search with digital literacy.

From this technology the 21st Century Learning environment can be achieved, even within the current walls of restrictive practice.

Extending the concept of the Learning Platform – Seamless Learning

The concept of the learning platform to support learners is inhibiting its use, it is seen as an internet based add-on, something else. What is needed is to change and extend the concept of the learning platform, to examine what a learning platform is – to move it away from a product to a concept, to the concept of Seamless Learning.

Seamless learning is a concept that ensures that the learning experience is not inhibited by moving from one learning space to another, from physical to virtual and the technology should support this. Seamless Learning is collated social contructionism, mobile learning, blended learning, collaboration, cooperation and learning technologies.

The Seamless Learner understands the purpose of entering the physical learning space, knows and expects cooperation and collaboration and knows what is expected of themselves when exiting that space into the virtual and social.

The elements of the Seamless Learning Environment are as follows:-

1. A physical learning space with an interactive whiteboard, projector, and a flexible adaptable environment that supports co-operation.

2. A learning platform that supports collaboration and co-operation (not delivery and command and control)

3. Individual learning devices – a mobile phone and associated policy (see “Flight Mode” mobile phone policy)

4. Effective wireless infrastructure.

These elements need the added ingredient of the Seamless Pedagogue – someone who can use the basic elements of learning platforms and a projector. The minimal elements of the learning platform to understand would be a Wiki and a discussion. The Wiki so that students can wiki their knowledge and the discussion for reflective practice and targeted questioning by the pedagogue.

The mobile devices used by the learners are there to capture learning events in the classroom and for them to use them for reflective practice or for sharing with others via the learning platform.

The impact of the technology in the classroom is minimised, it does not detract from the learning, it is seen as seamless. The impact outside the classroom is maximised and relies on the learner rather than the teacher to use their own technologies and their social groups.

Learning Platforms are there to support learning through collaboration and co-operation, to offer that opportunity to extend students opportunity to interact socially for learning. By minimising their use we maximise their potential.

Time Gentlepeople Please – The End of Time?

Is our concept of time now out of date?

Why are we obsessed with time, it is after all a human construct (indeed a human construct being a human construct), yet science, history art, all depends upon time.

Yet what else in the universe, in nature understands, perceives time – a rock, a fish, a star – but what they do have in common is Energy.

Our calculations indeed relativity rely on a concept that has no internal natural phenomenology, our problem as humans is that we rely on time, and we do not see the crucial core aspect is Energy.

The issues that get in the way of Energy is the way technology has used our idea of time to store a concept of ourselves as a species who changes over time, not changing due to the interaction of Energy – and I use the capital ( contra ee cummins and pro Heidegger) to emphasise its importance.

How could this idea or getting rid of the concept of time affect us?

Velocity = distance * time. We are obsessed with the concept of time, here we could replace the idea of velocity as relative change from myself to another object. I am travelling faster in relation to another object a stationary tree for example.

What is the effect on relativity when we eliminate the idea of time, is time deluding ourselves, the age of the universe for example.

This leads me to the idea of history and how this should change from rather than a change in time, to an investment in Energy. In fact we can go back in our perception of time by the investment in Energy moving us back through will to the re-creation of ancient Egypt, the destruction of what we have learnt and constructed. Only then will we get a real appreciation of what we fantasies about history. Thus the elimination of time means that we can travel back in out current perception of time travel, changing this to Energy travel. IF we really wanted we could recreate any period in Energy history by the use of Energy to move us to a situation where we imagine we were.

How will this affect us if we remove time from our conscious? How can we change a timetable? and EnergyTable?

It could be useful to think of change in terms of Joules, by doing this we relate our movement, displacement to the our consumption.

E-Learning a Definition?

I am currently working on a school strategy document for E-Learning. My reason for doing this is that I feel that schools need to understand why and where they are using technology for learning and that E-Learning is seen as a part of their delivery rather than a bolt on or addition.

Then I came to the first page, and I needed to define E-Learning, in order that the concept is understood so that the strategy could fit into the definition.

Here is my first draft of a definition of E-Learning:-

E-Learning is the use of technology to support learning, to enhance current pedagogy and to support teachers and learners to create a social network of learning.

E-Learning creates the opportunity for collaborative, co-operative, individual and personalized learning, driven by technology, social interaction and the learning theories of constructivism and social constructivism. E-Learning is there to support pre and post learning situations, but not to interrupt the face to face social learning interaction with the teacher, but to blend learning with collaboration, technology, and the human.

I think that this definition has changed from E-Learning being external and additional, to the integral and essential. To enhance the essential relationship between the learner and the teacher, and to allow these roles to be flexible and interchangeable.

E-Learning provides the opportunity for the teacher to change , to become the learner, leader, partner, friend, ally – human and connected.

Could E-Learning be defined thus :-

E-Learning = Blended Learning + Social Networking + Social Constructionism + Humanism?

Ideas for an Effective Mobile Phone Policy for Schools

There is a conflict in schools between trying to maximise students technology in hand and eliminating the negative disruptive effects of the same technology.

An effective policy called “Flight Mode” could enable this to happen.

Students entering the physical boundary of school (including buses) switch mobile devices to “Flight Mode”

Students are engaged with the reasoning behind the strategy with emphasis on safety and anti-bullying.

Parents are engaged with the strategy and encouraged to view mobile phones as a positive for learning.

Students can register their devices with IT, so their MAC addresses are registered with the system, internet access is then filtered. Phone details are then stored, along with make and device serial number. Information of registration is shared with parents.

Schools recommend a minimum spec of phone – wireless, camera, audio. Students purchase own phone and own contract.

Students using mobile devices as a phone or 3G internet access in school will have their SIM card removed, with this information shared with parents.

Students are encouraged to use the wide range of mobile apps to support their learning and personal management.

Any loss or phone damage is the responsibility of the student.

Thus the policy attempts to maximise the positive and eliminate the negative