alec couros

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Our first introduction to Alec..

A first encounter with the web was like three-four years ago 2009ish. It was a fireside chat (podcast) withHoward Rheingold, Dean Shareski, and Alec Couros.
It was there I started thinking about the importance of considering.. who’s together in a room/space per choice.
ever since, (or maybe before without my being able to verbalize it) I’ve been craving convos like that.

Being a part of and listening to.. people.. think out loud.

the art of conversation.
the art of the web connections.


love many things, but esp loved this about Alec:

how cool is this

Alec is amazing – and that fact probably sways the validity a bit – but – the success of his application in this format is huge validation for what we are pushing for..

we should congratulate him and thank him.

we need more evidences of this type of validation. they make us bold… and unable to be trumped by the reliability-oriented’s.



Find/follow Alec a lot of places, perhaps start here:

link twitter

and here:

alec site


brother to George.


july 2014 november learning keynote

irl vs afk

nice one Alec. thank you.



sept 2015

oh my. leo dancing w the robot











my rambled thinking/pondering on twitter convo:


Who are the people that make u think deeply, differently, & critically on Twitter, about education or the world in general? #edchat#edtech

@Bali_Maha Overall, it was good to see who the people that I trust trust.

@Bali_Maha what if what we’re missing (toward global equity) is hidden in places we don’t trust

I feel that I do pretty good job at finding alternate voices, but it’s certainly always a struggle. @Bali_Maha

alt to everything I know, live, and trust. @Bali_Maha

just wondering if we’re missing much.. because we keep framing.. ie: framing the question .. framing the people..

seems.. today we have the means.. to listen to everyone.. 7 billion plus.. everyday.. as the day.. let curiosity guide the day.. rather than leaders/et al.. questions.. assumptions..

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


@monk51295 The places we don’t trust may not be all that hidden. Here I’m thinking establishment places, “The Man,” etc. @courosa @Bali_Maha

and i’m thinking.. the people/places we don’t trust (as in.. the people we trust).. simply because we haven’t yet given them an ear. people we have marginalized/quieted/on-hold.. ie: homeless from a house, from a country; imprisoned for a crime, for being different, for dis\orderly conduct.. et al…

thinking.. because we’ve assumed.. those quieted are in consensus.. with us.. that we’re speaking for them..

thinking we assume.. voluntary compliance.. as means to decision making.. waggle dancing.. et al..

back to Maha’s .. marginalized post..

Marginality “nourishes my capacity to resist.” Certainly one of the best pieces by @Bali_Maha!

Original Tweet:

mostly thinking.. perhaps that’s what tech can offer us.. a means to listen to every voice.. everyday.. and let 7 bill people decide.. be their own curiosity.. as the day.

for (blank)’s sake


@courosa @monk51295 that is, I don’t know you really but I do trust you coz of the common friends whom I *do* really know and trust

so.. why don’t we just trust everybody.. give that a try..

thinking.. (like people saying trump is a reflection of us.. yet we complain about him all the time.. ) perhaps.. fb.. et al.. is a reflection of us.. even though we complain/call it out all the time..  if we’re just trusting people who we trust trust..

so much simpler (and not yet tried) to trust everyone.. but with the caviat.. everyone has to be free first..

[danger of single story ness and and i know you ness and gershenfeld something else ness.. et al)


Different kinds/degrees of trust – how much trust does 1 really need (2 function) in a network vs. group vs. community.

if it’s degree’d/partial’d.. is it trust..?

I would argue so. I don’t need to extend/develop same degree of trust via network connections that I do w/ “friends”

i see trust as.. no strings attached.. so then no development needed.. otherwise.. we may start out nice/small.. but end up w/broken feedback loop.. where.. w/credit score/surveillance/control.. et al

also wondering how much we’re missing.. when we insist on the developing/extending.. before we can hear. each other. enough. trust ness keeping voice out if it’s because you don’t trust them and if it’s because you do. ie: can you hear me now..

thinking of this from Audrey‘s sept 2016 – credit score – as surveillance/control

Credit scores and ed-tech algorithms – learning analytics, personalized learning, predictive analytics, whatever you call it – have much in common: surveillance; the sharing of that information, done in the best interest of the institution (not so much in the interest of the student); elaborate grading and rating systems, always designed to exclude. They claim objectivity all the while reinforcing systemic biases.

thinking.. we gotta let go.. 100%


My daughter put this PSA together for a class project. It’s dark, but so is the topic.

Original Tweet:

chomsky serious things law

a nother way – we can’t not


This week’s #netnarr studio visit guest is @courosa who will visit class via hangout Tuesday at 6:30pm ET and share his view on how dark (or not) the 2019 internet is. Watch live, via archive, or if you want a seat in the hangout, signup
Original Tweet:

if we don’t want to be exploited we stop participating.. if we stop participating.. is that the society we want to live in

begs gershenfeld something else law

the more we authenticate our id.. it’s going to be controlled by these co’s..

begs.. a nother way sans id

in future.. what more powerful.. passport.. or twitter.. this is a game because of difficulty of assessing someone’s photo.. easy for co to take over id portfolio

the same inferences in which it can be leverage.. brought me to friends..  and that’s important to me.. w my kids i would have been more selective