When we talk personalization, we tend to talk about targeting. You learn a certain set of things, you get tested, the personalization software finds knowledge gaps and runs you through the set of canned explanations that you need.
While not entirely useless, this conception doesn’t fit the bulk of my experience as either a teacher or a learner.
Everyone has heard of copyright. And if we are to be honest, all of us have broken it. Copyleft (gotta love the spoof on the term copyright) appears to be an ingenious method of acknowledging the original work of the creator while allowing for the inspiration of further works based on it. I liked how the definitions of open content found on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_content) I found that the 5 Rs that were articulated (retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute) really helped me clarify the scope of copyright and copyleft.
I have used Creative Commons in the past. I appreciate how it allows me to enhance my work while promoting the work of another by including proper acknowledgment. Prior to reading What is Copyleft (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft) and About the Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/about) I didn’t fully understand how the freedom offered by open resources was actually secured through copyright. The statement in the latter article that declares that Creative Commons provides an infrastructure that creates a “balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws” really summed it up for me.
My closing comments will be on Aaron’s Law, the recorded lecture of Larry Lessig, Once I got past the introduction, which I will refrain from commenting on, I found it not only deeply saddening to know that we lost such an intelligent, personable, sensitive person with a social conscious at such a young age but engaging and thought provoking. I only wish I had the opportunity to meet him. He seemed to be a dichotomy of introvert and activist. Intelligent and maybe naïve at the same time.…
- I went back to the ESRI website to see if I could find out how much it would cost to download the Arc GIS program and it looks like I have to ask for a quote, but I found that I could open a free public account where I can create, store and manage maps, apps and data, and share data with others as long it was personal and not for commercial purposes. I want to see if I can completely build a community map without the big player ESRI, so I’ll keep this opportunity in reserve for now.
Last night I went along to TeachMeet Glasgow.
As Athole wrote:
Why unplugged? We want everyone to be prepared with something to share. And not to worry too much about the tech and their PPT slides.
He referenced the original ScotEduBloggers meetup (the grandparent of TeachMeet) as a indication of casualness and said:
However, clearly with a better balance of men, women and youth!