Monday, October 12, 2009

Creative Commons Attribution-an experiment

I found this "wordle" on the topic of Google Docs pasted in the a blog by Matt Montagne called the "Digital Down Low". The image is by Nedral. When I decided to use the image in documents I am preparing for parents and staff on our Google Apps for Education roll-out, I clicked on the Creative Commons licensing for the image, and found it was o.k. to use provided I gave attribution to the author. There was also some .html to copy and paste. I tried pasting it into a Google doc, and just the .html pasted, so I knew I needed to put it into a vehicle which would translate .html, so I decided to experiment in my blog. What happened was the .html code actually translated into a link to the wordle's creator's Photo Stream on Flicker. I previewed it, and everything seems appropriate, so I am leaving the link in my blog. There is also a link to an overview of Creative Commons licensing.
I am determined to learn more about using photos, videos, etc. under the Creative Commons licensing in order to use them for educational purposes and follow the copyright guidelines of the creator of the content.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Alan November - "Who Owns the Learning"

In my web wanderings this evening - actually, I picked up this link from a tweet by demacisaac, a elementary teacher on P.E.I. in Canada.
The video by Alan November doesn't give us answers but leaves us with lots of questions. Take six minutes to watch it; it's worth it. It reminds me a little of a book by Mel Levine Ready or Not, Here Life Comes. Just as in the video by Mr. November, Mel questions how we can prepare our kids to live lives independent of their parents once the kids come of age.

I have copied the embed code for the video. Hopefully, it will paste successfully below.

Mrs. Miller's Fabulous Bethany Book Blog

Lots of wonderful things going on at Bethany. We had a great assembly with Len Cabral who returned to instruct and entertain Bethany students with his wonderful stories. Everyone has a story to tell, and Mr. Cabral got some of our 7th graders involved in telling their own stories - very cool.
Speaking of stories, if you haven't checked it out for a while, you must visit Mrs. Miller's Bethany Book Blog. She has been reading up a storm and producing wonderful reviews of books she's read hoping to entice others to enjoy the books. It's also a great place for you to share your opinion of the books listed there that you have read.
So please, click on the link, read some of the reviews, grab a book, and start reading.
I am going to read Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains before the snow flies, I hope.