Four short links: 6 March 2012

Stuff That Matters, Web Waste, Learning Analytics, and Thoughtful Quotes

  1. SoupHub — NZ project putting a computer with Internet access (and instruction and help) into a soup kitchen. I can’t take any credit for it, but I’m delighted beyond measure that the idea for this was hatched at Kiwi Foo Camp. I love that my peeps are doing stuff that matters. (See also the newspaper writeup)
  2. Bandwidth of Pages — view a 140 character tweet on the web and you’re load 2MB of, well, let’s call it crap.
  3. On The Reductionism of Analytics in Education (Anne Zelenka) — Learning analytics, as practiced today, is reductionist to an extreme. We are reducing too many dimensions into too few. More than that, we are describing and analyzing only those things that we can describe and analyze, when what matters exists at a totally different level and complexity. We are missing emergent properties of educational and learning processes by focusing on the few things we can measure and by trying to automate what decisions and actions might be automated. A fantastic post, which coins the phrase “the math is not the territory”.
  4. Quotes Worth Spreading (Karl Fisch) — collection of thought-provoking quotes from recent TED talks. Be generous by graciously accepting compliments. It’s a gift you give the complimenter (John Bates) is something I’m particularly working on.
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  • http://annezelenka.com Anne Z.

    Hey Nat, thanks for the link. Just want to point out that Gardner Campbell coined the phrase “the math is not the territory” and I was quoting him. I’d been trying to capture that idea for a long time and Gardner gave me the words.

  • http://annezelenka.com Anne Z.

    Or maybe Gardner didn’t say exactly that — I think I was rephrasing his idea when he said “we tend to think the math is the territory.”