Wing It! – Infomagical Challenge

**Similar to my last Wing It, I’ll be completing this challenge this coming week (7/4-7/8) and would love to have some Wingmen onboard! 

Note to Self logo. Dark colored head with multi-colored patterns exploding from the top.

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Thanks to Manoush Zomorodi and the podcast “Note to Self,” here is another week-long challenge. Like Bored and Brilliant, the Infomagical challenge encourages listeners to be better consumers of online information. Some of us may have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), so we breeze over articles, stories, and headlines without ever really retaining any useful information. How could we make our online information browsing more productive, and more importantly, use it to support our personal goals?

Objective: At least for a week, let’s try to fight information overload by paying attention to what we’re doing online, and the gadgets that get us there.

Assignment: Nousion-ites! You can do this! The challenges and corresponding short podcasts can be found here. Listen to the podcast or read through the new challenge every morning this week. If you don’t think you’ll remember, sign up for text or email reminders here. Take notes on your experience and create a mini-reflection (text, audio, video, etc) for each day, then wrap it all up and you can post at the end of the week for a Wingman assignment.

Points:  15 /15

My infomagical journey:

Infomagical Day 5: My note to self – 


Wing It! – Bored and Brilliant Challenge

**This Wing It! is for Collection III and I’ll be participating in this challenge starting tomorrow (6/27) if anyone wants to join me 🙂

Note to Self logo. Dark colored head with multi-colored patterns exploding out of the top.

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On her podcast “New Tech City” (now “Note to Self”) in 2015, Manoush Zomorodi posed a week-long challenge to her listeners. She called it “Bored and Brilliant.” The premise of the challenge is that humans actually do our original thinking, problem solving, and creative thought when we’re bored. The term Zomorodi found to describe it is “autobiographical planning.” But with the advent of personal devices we have a tendency to fill moments of potential boredom with our face glued to a screen. This challenge isn’t intended as an anti-tech message, more of a chance to reflect on how we’re using digital tech in our daily lives. If you want to hear her presentation on the subject you can watch it here.

Objective: Give your brain more opportunities for boredom this week. It’s good for you!

So, my dear Nousionauts, are you ready to take on this challenge?

Assignment: Listen to the short podcast each day (for 6 days) and complete the daily challenge. Keep track of your experience with a mini-reflection for each challenge (an off-the-cuff audio or video recording would be really cool) – Was it easy/hard? What did you do when you weren’t on your phone? What did you find that you couldn’t live without? 

To start from the beginning here’s the link to Challenge 1. If you want to see all of the challenges and learn more about the project you can check out the main site: Bored and Brilliant,

If you don’t think you’ll remember to check the next challenge every morning, you can sign up for email reminders here.

**As they are no longer collecting data for the study, for this assignment just complete the daily challenge and don’t worry about tracking your phone time through an app.

Points:  15/15

Wing It – Cardboard Your Community


Describing where you live is a generally painful task. You want to explain how it “feels” to be there, but it always falls short. Luckily, technology can now lend a hand in creating that immersive experience using virtual reality.

Using the Google Street View app, take a 360-degree photo of a place in your community that is important to you. Is it a natural feature? A street in your town? Through the app, upload the photo to Google Maps to share it publicly. Test to see that your upload was successful by finding the photosphere on the map and then clicking the Google Cardboard icon and placing your mobile device in a VR viewer. **If no VR viewer is available the 360-degree photo can also be explored on the mobile device or desktop (but it really isn’t as cool).


Students will be able to

  • Navigate the Google Street View app.
  • Use mobile devices to create visual media about their communities.
  • Publish their photos for public viewing on Google Maps.
  • Engage with VR technology through Google Cardboard.


Desktop – Click here to see my photosphere in Google Maps on your desktop. This link will not work on a mobile browser because unfortunately Google Street View won’t let you link externally to photospheres.

Mobile – If you want to experience it in a VR viewer, you can find my photosphere in the Google Street View mobile app by searching “Montana Lake, Susitna North, AK.”

Once that maps pulls up tap the blue “Zoom Out To See More” twice, then you’ll be able to see my red photosphere dot on the shore of the lake to the south. The photosphere with my profile picture and name will show up as the first “Top 50 Results” at the bottom on the screen.

Google Cardboard icon in grey and white

Tap the Google Cardboard icon in the top right of your screen to make the photo stereoscopic.

Grade: 10/10