Postbox: good info

Crikey, it’s a very long photo of a postbox – read on for some thoughts about information architecture and the Royal Mail. From a distance Everyone knows what a postbox looks like – if you’re looking for one, they’re easy…

The Onion (3): exemplar interesting problem – learning to read

Problems gain (or lose) interestingness as their context and scale changes. Take teaching a kids to read as an example. It’s almost inevitable that a child will learn to read given the following ingredients: A supportive family A strong reading…

Creative Commons resources – open source literacy webinar

Note: Links to resources are at the bottom. The footnotes are worth reading. On Thursday I attended ‘Creative Commons Basics’, a webinar hosted by the Global Reading Network. It was very good. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative…

Peter Morville on Category and Taxonomy (1)

While findability comes first, we must also remember that categories are about more than retrieval. Classification helps our users to understand. Through splitting, lumping and labeling, we reveal choices and invite questions. … Of course, all taxonomies are imperfect, as…

Scrapbook: Niall Ferguson on culture, text-for-profit, libraries, search and literacy

Niall Ferguson was speaking at the Long Now Foundation, responding to a question from Stewart Brand about how ads and the profit-motive influenced the nature of search and the internet echo-chamber. Google and Facebook in particular are platforms driven by…

Deep literacy: Kevin Kelly on more than reading

… producing books with ease on Gutenberg’s press did not fully unleash text. Real literacy also required a long list of innovations and techniques that permitted ordinary readers and writers to manipulate text in ways that made it useful. For…

Learning for the future: fundamentals

Your stick Here’s a first try on the importance of fundamentals in learning. Imagine you are holding a long stick – better yet, a sword or lightsaber – representing your ability to make a difference in the world. The far…

Stan Lee (1922-2018) – What If?

Stan Lee was brilliant and prolific. We know him for Spiderman, the X-men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther… for being the driving force behind Marvel Comics, now a multi-billion dollar, multi-media juggernaut. It’s less well known that he…

How to find out how roughly how many books there are in a category on Amazon

Just a bit of procedural knowledge from my post on deep literacy earlier that might be helpful to someone. Go to your relevant Amazon website (usually .co.uk for me) Search a with a dash followed by a random strong of…

Deep literacy: what it takes

Put aside AI and machine learning for a minute, and ask instead: “What does it take to equip a human to be self-teaching?” As a starting point – how many lines of code does it take to make a child…