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  • Introducing TIDraw – simplest possible digital whiteboards June 19, 2018
    It’s not a SPLOT per se, because it’s intended for use in face-to-face learning rather than online. SPLF2FT? At the Taylor Institute, we have a bunch of active learning classrooms – we call them “learning studios”. They’re designed to enable active group collaboration, through the design of the rooms, to the furniture available, and the … Continue reading Introducing TIDraw – simplest possible digital whiteboards
  • re-reclaiming my domains June 10, 2018
    I’ve moved my webstuff back to Reclaim Hosting – I had been a very very happy customer, but decided I needed to move my sites onto canadian-hosted-and-managed servers out of principle. Since then, Reclaim spun up a Canadian-hosted server (but it’s managed by a US company, so there are still… complications). But, I’ve decided to … Continue reading re-reclaiming my domains
  • on When Breath Becomes Air May 19, 2018
    I’d picked up a copy of the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithy after reading a reference to it in a NYTimes article about John McCain, and Grant gave me the nudge to actually start reading it. It’s an amazing read, about a young neurologist/budding neuroscientist, who spends his life learning about the … Continue reading on When Breath Becomes Air
  • Slow motion train wreck in progress May 12, 2018
    Another in a series of really great articles in the Times, about cancer and dying. Fun topics that are kind of relevant. “The most obvious” response, wrote the neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi in “When Breath Becomes Air,” his memoir of a brilliant life cut short, “might be an impulse to frantic activity: to live life to … Continue reading Slow motion train wreck in progress
  • How data-sharing era puts our privacy at risk – The Globe and Mail April 9, 2018
    A study cited in the paper notes publisher websites utilize an average of 13.5 (and up to 70 in some cases) third parties. A visit to one popular U.S. tabloid triggered a user interaction with some 352 other web servers, according to a 2014 U.S. Senate subcommittee study of the issue. Many of those interactions … Continue reading How data-sharing era puts our privacy at risk – The Globe and Mail
  • Introducing Hypercardinator April 8, 2018
    For some reason, I felt like turning my blog into something reminiscent of Hypercard. Maybe it’s nostalgia? Maybe it’s a throwback to an era from before the web? Maybe it’s an ironic attempt to de-emphasize design over content? Maybe all of those. Anyway. I found this great Chicago-inspired webfont, released under a Creative Commons license … Continue reading Introducing Hypercardinator
  • Blogging, social media, and ambient humanity March 23, 2018
    Tim Carmody, posting on Kottke.org, about Dan Cohen’s “Back to the Blog” post. …blogging either needs its own mechanisms of ambient humanity — which it’s had, in the form of links, trackbacks, conversations, even (gulp) comments, all of which replicated at least a fraction of the buzz that social media has — or it needs … Continue reading Blogging, social media, and ambient humanity
  • Road trip to the end of the world March 19, 2018
    Arizona is an amazing place. Driving south from Strawberry, we passed through about a dozen distinct biomes, and ended up in a landscape that would be at home in a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. The drive left some quality time for mobile playlisting… And winding up in Winslow, arizona, where it appeared as though we … Continue reading Road trip to the end of the world
  • TILT Episode 002 – Richard Zach and Aaron Thomas-Bolduc introduce OERs March 7, 2018
    As part of Open Education Week at the University of Calgary, Richard Zach and Aaron Thomas-Bolduc gave a presentation to introduce the concept of OERs, where to find them, and how to make them. Lots of love sent to BCCampus' Open Textbook initiative and Pressbooks.
  • the podcast is now live in the iTunes directory February 28, 2018
    I guess that makes it official. I’ve got a few new episodes planned out. Looks like there’s no chickening out now… D’Arcy Norman dot net the podcast (AKA TILT: Taylor Institute Learning Technologies), in the iTunes directory



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