Category Archives: Fun

When is a Remix Stealing from the Original? : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

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?”

Source: When is a Remix Stealing from the Original? : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Social Media Video 2013 – YouTube

I am not sure what I am supposed to take from these scattershot factoid videos, but I have to say this left me feeling a little ‘disrupted’ and wondering.  Do we have an obligation as teachers to slow the flow and create distraction free learning environments?  I am beginning to do this in my classes.  I start with some silent reading in the NYT, followed with some discussion both small and large group, some writing,  short tech aided lecture, some more writing, and exit slips (digital and analog).  This does not mean that I keep them from accessing their mobile devices, but perhaps it should.  Since an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out all electronics is unlikely, what are your thoughts on the topic of ‘quietening up’ the classroom and amping up the analog signal?


And take a look at this parody of the original above just for a little balance here.

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press.

If you are looking to offer something extra for your lit classes or perhaps that new iPad needs a firm and full justification, then maybe you might want to check out the latest version of Eliot’s “Wasteland” for the iPad.

This is transmedia at its best.  You can get visual or written commentary.  Perhaps you want to check out Pound’s ‘edit’? Maybe you have been looking for Ted Hughes’ audio version for years. It is right here. And interviews.  And a ‘video’ adaptation. And Eliot’s kitchen sink.  Well…not that yet, but it seems pretty comprehensive as an introduction to Eliot’s masterwork.



Saturday Sprints « History Compass Exchanges

I am a ‘runner’ and use the cool new Nike + GPS app. I love the cheers that I get from Facebook family and friends with the program. Ridiculously fun and silly. Now I run across a different kind of run that has as its goal a sprint to complete paper grading. Read the blog post below (it is very short) and then do an academic sprint with someone on Twitter. Join me today as I grade argument papers or on Saturday as I grade explication papers.

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Your Daily Awesome: Ira Glass on Storytelling


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. .

Celtx: Screen, Play, and Other Writing Freeware


This is an amazing piece of software. With this tool you can storyboard, draft, and store online almost any piece of writing, but especially screenwriting. I like it because I think it might be adaptable to collaborative writing of any kind. Plus, it could be used for a semester long project like an I-Search as well as service learning. Talk about engaging students. Let them engage each other using Celtx.