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How Do You Relate To The Law?

Although all of us have an understanding of exactly what law is, as well as typically why it's appropriate that it should be in place to offer and regulate our conduct in culture, we seldom think of what regulation actually suggests in an day-to-day context.…
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Caught in the EdWeb

​This week I explored other open sources of information about some popular Google apps.   I turned to my new favourite source for professional development…..edWeb.  EdWeb (www.edweb.net) is a site that curates professional learning communities on several teaching related topics, including technology.  I am a member of the Tech Tools for Teachers community (among many others.)  Members of this community have access to an archive of free webinars.  Each lasts about one hour.   I discovered 2 webinars hosted by one of my favourite presenters, Shannon Holden (https://www.edleadersnetwork.org/presenters/g-i/holden-shannon)  The first was on Google Tools for Educators.  It was produced and aired in 2013.…
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Perhaps a Poet


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.…
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Week 2: Smart Phone GPS & Project Goals

  1. 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.
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#TMGlasgow a Delight

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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.

from: TeachMeet Glasgow (unplugged) – TeachMeet Scotland

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!

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Scottish Open Education Declaration 1.0 @ #tmglasgow

I am going along to TeachMeet Glasgowthis evening. I’ll be giving a two minute nano presentation. Not because I know a lot about the topic but because I think it is one that we should be thinking more about.

Given two minutes I’ll not be doing more than saying I think this is important and pointing to some resources.…

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And the Winner Is…

Choosing what to focus on for my individual learning project was not easy.  Once I opened my mind to the possibilities I was flooded with ideas.  I could study French, my ancestral language that for political and personal reasons my father never spoke to me.  I could study novel writing.  Seeing my work in print has always been a dream of mine.  I could learn the nuances of dog training from experts (although I think my nearly eleven year-old retriever is beyond redemption.) Or I could get a headstart with Google Apps for Education which the school district I work in will be subscribing to next year.…
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www.raspberrypi.org/help

www.raspberrypi.org is where I started. I went to the website and after looking around on the homepage, I decided to click on the 'help' menu. I found a number of nice, short videos on all sorts of different things. Most importantly, I found a video titled "Quick Start Guide" and after watching it, I discovered I needed NOOBS.…
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​Quality of Open Educational Resources


There are no “textbooks” available for one of the courses I teach as a sessional instructor in the Department Fisheries and Aquaculture at VIU and the resources I use in my classes are up to my discretion. This presents both a burden and an opportunity in the development and delivery of the course and I have embraced open resources as they have become available.…
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