This might lead to some very interesting discussions of what intellectual property is, how to respect it, and how to use it fairly. It also might lead to an understanding that plagiarism is not the same as sampling. Plus, the scratching might be fun.
“Appropriation is the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of preexisting images and objects. How do you determine what is considered artistic appropriation and what is considered “stealing?”
Tony Bates in this post that will appear in this upcoming book on online learning.
There are two important conclusions from the research:
1. Even for the sole purpose for which lectures may be effective – the transmission of information – the 50 minute lecture needs to be well organized, with frequent opportunities for student questions and discussion.
2. For all other important learning activities, such as developing critical thinking, deep understanding, and application of knowledge – the kind of skills needed in a digital age – lectures are ineffective. Other forms of teaching and learning – such as opportunities for discussion and student activities – are necessary.
The post is very balanced and does not throw out the good with the bad. It is a timely article for this time of year.
Has your paranoia about government snooping ratcheted up lately with all the revelations of NSA spying in its Prism program? If so, Amit Agarwal shows you how to use Google Docs to do very strong encryption to encode those messages.
There are a couple of browser extensions that help you encrypt Gmail but here we discuss a new and more simple Google Docs based encryption method that works across all browsers and requires no add-ons or apps. You secure your message with a strong password and the recipient will have to enter the same password in order to decrypt your message.
Agarwal has very clear video and text instructions here. I highly recommend his blog and newsletter for excellent advice.
Joel Josephson posts, via Stephen Downes OLDaily newsletter,
“A collection of 18 useful videos produced for the Ed2.0Work EU project that introduce Skype, WizIQ, Voicethread, Voxopop, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, AudioBoo, Slideshare, Prezi, Google Drive, Wikispaces, PBWorks, Diigo, Delicious, Reddit and the EU project Web20ERC.”
Screencast of my favorite social bookmarking tool, Diigo. These are very short and to the point, giving you a quick look at how the tool works. You decide whether it is suitable and worthy of further investment of time and energy. Nice.
This recent post in HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) really helps to settle professorial nerves about the ins and outs of blogging in safety both ethically and legally. I will be using these guidelines in future as I plan my syllabi and prepare for blogging projects at the beginning of the semester with students. Amen.
Yes, podcasts are all the rage, but mustn’t they serve a purpose first and musn’t that purpose make your work better and easier in the longer term? In the parlance of the day,
“Absolutely!” For the tech skeptic Academic Commons is just the place to check. Every piece of technology has been used in the classroom so it is easier to judge whether or not it will work for your particular and peculiar circumstances.
This project draws together various sources (primary and secondary) into one handy scholarly place for all students of literature to examine. This site specializes in nineteenth century writers but the software that runs it, Collex, can be used to create any collection. This freeware appears to
1. Work within any browser
2. Use no plugins so is self-contained
3. Be free and busy with developers working to improve it.
Ira Glass talks about stories. He ought to know. His radio program, This American Life, has been a staple of listeners for years. I used to use the appallingly funny “Fiasco” in drama classes for years just before any production. I was always surprised at how hard it was for most of my students to listen for more than a few minutes at a time, but I am certain none of your students have that problem. .