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Tom Woodward

An Infantryman Learns To Code - Inside DigitalOcean - Medium - 2 views

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    I wonder how often this opportunity is there but the person isn't . . . seems like the very definition of computational thinking.

    "In the end, the tool was very crude but accomplished something very useful: It had a flow that ensured all the reports required by people on the ground, and above, were sent in a timely and orderly manner. Each step of that flow was almost entirely automated. Each button filled a template and put the text in the clipboard for copy-pasting in the chat. Events were timed automatically. Distances and time of travel were computed automatically. A dropdown menu facilitated entering common values. Big warning signs were visible when a time critical step was ongoing, or some important data was missing."
Tom Woodward

What Makes Software Good? - Medium - 0 views

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    ""Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design."
    This implies, for one, that good documentation does not excuse bad design. You can ask people to RTFM, but it is folly to assume they have read everything and memorized every detail. The clarity of examples, and the software's decipherability and debuggability in the real world, are likely far more important. Form must communicate function."
Tom Woodward

Try WorkFlowy Instantly - 2 views

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    slick tag based sorting features which open up some interesting options
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    I can't tell if this is what I've been looking for or if I hate it. Changing organizational structures is a bigger challenge than it seems. I may have to give this a try for a week and see where I stand.
Tom Woodward

A Mathematician's Lament - 0 views

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    h/t thinkthankthunk
Tom Woodward

Jon Orr on Twitter: ".@mr_stadel ,Slope clothesline! Used (0,2) as fixed point. After l... - 0 views

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    lesson planning on Twitter
Tom Woodward

Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal-dConstruct Conference Talk - 0 views

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    "But the fanfic people were doing something very different. They had converged on a set of elaborate tagging conventions that allowed them to turn Delicious into a custom search engine for fanfic."
Tom Woodward

The Echo Chamber - 0 views

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    "how do folks continue to ignore facts? How have people's viewpoints become so insular and isolated that any contradictory information never even penetrates the bubble? How did we get to a point where dialogue is impossible? And I'm not just referring to this presidential race, but to many other areas of discussion as well. Am I imagining this or has the echo chamber, where one only hears what one agrees with, expanded in scope and at the same time had the effect of increasing that anger and the inability to have a dialogue?"
Tom Woodward

#shakeass16 debate - 1 views

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    Academics debate Shakespeare Association hashtag on Twitter
Tom Woodward

These Misconceptions Are Keeping School in the 1960's | ThinkThankThunk - 3 views

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    "The most important thing about BIG is that we know we're wrong. We don't know what a student should know. We can't predict the future. When working with a group, we allow the needs of the group to dictate the instruction and curated content we provide in response to the need. This has two effects: I like my job and am happier, and the students are never hidden from the planning of learning.

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Tom Woodward

Things You Can't Talk About in a Coca-Cola Ad - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "When Daniel Joseph, a York University doctoral student studying labor and technology, found out about Coca-Cola's GIF the Feeling promotion, he knew exactly what he wanted to make with it: a Coke-branded critique of capitalism."
Tom Woodward

How to Design A Modern Office Space for Optimism - 0 views

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    "When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.

    How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there's plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized."
Tom Woodward

How Early Academic Training Retards Intellectual Development | Psychology Today - 0 views

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    "Intellectual skills, in contrast, have to do with a person's ways of reasoning, hypothesizing, exploring, understanding, and, in general, making sense of the world.  Every child is, by nature, an intellectual being--a curious, sense-making person, who is continuously seeking to understand his or her physical and social environments.  Each child is born with such skills and develops them further, in his or her own ways, through observing, exploring, playing, and questioning.  Attempts to teach intellectual skills directly inevitably fail, because each child must develop them in his or her own way, through his or her own self-initiated activities.  But adults can influence that development through the environments they provide.  "
Tom Woodward

dy/dan » Blog Archive » Marbleslides Is Here - 0 views

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    "Delight. Whenever possible we want students to experience the same sense of delight about math that all of us at Desmos feel. Students can experience that delight both in pure and applied contexts and Marbleslides is that latter experience. Seriously, try not to grin."
Tom Woodward

Snowball | A powerful WordPress plugin for creating immersive longform articles for the... - 0 views

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    Need to give this a try.
Tom Woodward

Obfuscation. A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest | We Make Money Not Art - 0 views

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    "Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest is an important and straight to the point book that reminds us that, ultimately, we're up against intimidating asymmetries of power and knowledge. Stronger actors -whether they are corporations, governmental bodies or influential people- have better tools at their disposal if they want to hide something. What we have is obfuscation. It might require time, money, efforts, attention but it gives us some leverage as well as some measures of resistance and dignity.

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Tom Woodward

Designing Journalism for Discovery and Engagement - The Local News Lab - Medium - 1 views

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    "Later in his commentary Ragusea touches on transparency: "just trust me I know what I'm talking about doesn't work anymore, even if you are trustworthy and you do know what you're talking about," he says. "It's like math problems in school: it is not enough to get the right answer you have to show your work." Since at least 2011 in journalism developer circles show your work has been a mantra, and it is slowly spreading to other parts of the newsroom.
    Ragusea argues that Thompson's idea of discovery is important not because "people enjoy watching their hero sleuth chase down a mystery" but because nobody will believe you anymore when you "report a bunch of facts, even if you explain where you got them from. You have to show how you got them."
    Show, don't tell. It's writing 101 and it is the basic idea of active versus passive transparency.
    I like putting the emphasis on active transparency, in part, because it reinforces the idea of journalism as a process not a product."
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