I've posted a lot on Twitter over the years about the augmented reality startup Magic Leap, first with excitement, then trepidation, then cynicism. This write up on their recent LEAPcon says it all - sick burn of the day: "no one, ultimately, could articulate why Magic Leap needs to exist..."


My university is currently rolling out Solstice Pods in teaching rooms and collaborative spaces for wirelessly casting a computer, phone or tablet to a screen, and I’ve had the chance to play about with it this morning. And crickey, it works really well! I was impressed. The only thing that failed was screen mirroring from my phone.


Some random notes from afternoon keynote by Alex Beard (Natural Born Learner) - Jobs which are least likely to be automated are those which involve creation; Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new; Teaching is so esteemed in Finland that there are 10 applicants for every place.

Middle of October and it’s 23 degrees out and glorious sunshine. I love it

@hollyamory set up a forwarding rule to the email address you actually want to use?

quote of the morning: how do you get students to change fixed mental models?

Take away: small incremental changes from ground up; ask and engage students.

To research further: Muller, Sharma and Reimann on cognitive load theory: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/ab

Canvas Commons preview tool coming soon. Will make for many happy bunnies.

625 people from 300 institutions at today. 4 years ago there were only 35.

I’m at in the Barbican today, and yikes this is huge. Wonder if the hashtag will be used much on Mastodon?

Google+ is shutting down after a big hack. I could be sarky, but I actually kind of liked how it worked. Shame it was Google. Shame no one used it. Voluntarily.


Here, have a square foot of bunny this morning, stolen from imgur.

Manny! Fran! Come here - I found The Black Books shop! Now bring me wine.

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