23. March 2011 · Comments Off on Help the nerdy teacher reach Taylor Swift · Categories: Issues

Saw this in my Twitter stream this morning – and LOVE it. Way to teach kids about re-purposing and re-mixing with respect!

This teacher’s kids want to use pop music they love for a project.  Their teacher wants them to do so legally and with respect, so he’s trying to contact the artist directly.  To get her attention (the artist is Taylor Swift), he’s asking all his Twitter PLN to re-tweet his open letter to Taylor Swift to her Twitter account, so her mentions column will be filled with the RT of his letter.  If you Tweet, please copy and paste this into Twitter:
RT @thenerdyteacher An Open Letter to @TaylorSwift13 – http://bit.ly/gV6uaH

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11. March 2011 · Comments Off on On ripping YouTube vids and using images as you please · Categories: Issues, My personal learning journey

Maybe I should use this as my "soapbox" icon...

This started as a comment on another person’s blog. I’ve modified it to serve as a blog post on ripping YouTube videos. As this seems to crop up from time to time, I thought I’d just post my comment here and then modify as required. You’ve been warned… 😛

When you rip YouTube videos and share the how-to, you are doing more harm than good in perpetuating bad habits, a disregard for good digital citizenship and a scarcity mindset that needs to be discarded.

If you come at things with the abundance mind-set of the knowledge age, you will really enrich their learning experience – and yours.

Can’t get YouTube in your school? Bandwidth an issue? Build a rich network of friends and colleagues online. Here is how:

Find videos you want to use and contact the publisher/rights owner. Tell him or her how valuable you feel their work is. Explain that your students will get real value from it. Ask where and how you could download the video without violating terms of service. Exchange details and build an online friendship based on trust and respect.

See images you like that are Creative Commons licensed? Ensure you know how to attribute them correctly (title of work, author, license type, link back to license type and image). Leave a comment praising the work. Use the work. Thank the person.

See images you like that aren’t openly licensed for use? Ask permission. See a video outside of YouTube, a piece of music you might like to use, etc? Ask permission, leave feedback, thank people.

Right now or soon your students will be creating multimedia projects for school that they may want to use in e-portfolios or for the sheer joy of it.

If you teach them by doing all of the above, they will have the know-how to build their own networks of trusted sources and creative thinkers. Because they will have seen that you do it and value it. You will have repeated the pattern of ask, recieve, thank, connect enough to normalise it.

If we want to open up knowledge and resources, share and enjoy all that’s available on the great big web we’re all part of – then we have to respect and support the people and services that make it all possible. I feel quite passionately about it, don’t you?

We’re all learning together. We all want change for the better. There are people out there sharing and services that make it possible. By supporting and respecting them, we’re going to nurture the change we want to make happen.

01. March 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Moodle · Tags:
trophy 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

trophy 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk CC (by)

Yesterday I blogged over on the Brightcookie.com blog about a consortium of universities who took the time to look at how their staff used Moodle and what Moodle 2.01 had to offer.  They decided, for a list of very rational, objective reasons that Moodle 2 needs a few more versions to come right and their favourite plug-ins need time to catch up. They aren’t going for the early adopters achieve on this one.

I posted the link in various places and heard from some people who are bemoaning the fact that their institutions are pushing ahead with an upgrade to Moodle 2 without this sort of consultation and analysis and with no reported plans for training and support. This really shocked me.

How are educators going to learn to do wonderful things with e-learning if they have to stumble around a new system? And what sorts of experiences are students going to have online with those reluctant, undertrained and unsupported educators? What impact is this going to have on the business?

The business costs from software implemented without consultation and support can be measured in the lack of productivity, the volume of help desk requests, the loss of confidence people feel when they use unfamiliar systems — and in dollars going out the door from students who are unsatisfied with their learning experience and dropping out. I did this myself after a negative experience with online learning.

So ICT coordinators/administrators out there: are concerns about being left behind technologically by a matter of months or trying to time things to the school calendar really worth the cost?