Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-30
- Online Learning Student Experience is the New Climbing Wall –
This work is going to require new levels of collegiality and shared imagination. It will also require enormous attention to detail. When serendipity works in residential education, one reason it does so is because the student is physically surrounded by people who can help. Students are less likely to fall through the cracks when their dorm mate or classmate or advisor or professor or random student on the quad can show them how to leap over a particular crack. Online, the opposite is often true. Randomness is an enemy more often than a friend because the cues for where to go and what to do have to be consciously created, as must be the environment that encourages the formation of social support networks.
- VidReader – The very first smart reader for videos.
We use smart technologies (NLP + AI) to create well-formatted interactive transcripts for your videos. Now you can read, search, share, and locate a sentence within any videos in seconds. Get started with a YouTube link below!
- The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and Green – The New York Times
Like some stuff we might do with colorthief.js and screen captures of various websites
- Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work – Bloomberg
Someone places several devices in a tree located close to the station where deliveries originate. Drivers in on the plot then sync their own phones with the ones in the tree and wait nearby for an order pickup. The reason for the odd placement, according to experts and people with direct knowledge of Amazon’s operations, is to take advantage of the handsets’ proximity to the station, combined with software that constantly monitors Amazon’s dispatch network, to get a split-second jump on competing drivers.
- EMPOWERMENT HUBS — the 21st century alternative to “schools” the world needs to create | by Marc Prensky | Aug, 2020 | Medium
The key point is that for raising kids outside the home there is, today, no alternative to our academic-tradition-derived “schools” — which are no longer as useful, for most, as they were in previous, pre-Internet, times. Our new 21st century needs a new alternative, and we think “Empowerment Hubs” is a good generic description —
- ActivityWatch – Open-source time tracker
ActivityWatch is an app that automatically tracks how you spend time on your devices.
It is open source, privacy-first, cross-platform, and a great alternative to services like RescueTime, ManicTime, and WakaTime.
It can be used to keep track of your productivity, time spent on different projects, bad screen habits, or just to understand how you spend your time.
- welcome the covid influencer – Culture Study
But they didn’t tell her about the paid partnership they had with Baylor — and neither did a Baylor spokesperson. While Skinner was writing the piece (and, I remember, while I was writing mine) the first of several “paid partnership” posts between Baylor, Brooklyn, and Bailey (I KNOW) went live:
- James Palmer on Twitter: “the Cheng Lei disappearance is absolutely craziness; CGTN (as @stegersaurus pointed out) has not only memory-holed her on the site, but gone through and systematically deleted any *past* mention of her on social media” / Twitter
- Cyber City 3DO on Twitter: “@mathowie https://t.co/zHT1hDjr5h” / Twitter
- If you’re unemployed it’s not because there isn’t any work : LateStageCapitalism
I also think about this in relation to academic work by students. Lots of stuff you want to know and learn but you end up doing this strange fake labor.
- Sarah Walker on Twitter: “This is what the beach actually looked like at the exact time that press photographer was taking those images. Busy, but not nearly so frightening. https://t.co/vZ0KUMz0h7” / Twitter
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