4 reasons to use Creative Commons

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In the social media age, sharing and repurposing are common place. This raises a number of tensions around creativity, intellectual property and copyright. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright management system that goes a long way to addressing these issues.

Inspire to learn

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As a prelude to the event, the organisers have asked me to write a short blog post which takes the form of my responses to four questions: Q1. I still disseminate my own research widely, but now I do so through social media, blogs and open access journals.

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Yesterday's blog post

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But are you as good as your last blog? Does yesterday's blog post still hold currency or must you continually press forward to write better, to expand on your ideas and elaborate your understanding of your subject? Blogging is different. creative commons ethics blogging

Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? In any case, to understand the use of Open Content, it’s important to understand Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing Terms Creative Commons licensing terms. Most of the OCW content appears to come under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0

I blog and I understand

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I blog and I understand. Confucius (almost) Sometime in the next day or two, this blog will quietly cross the threshold of 5 million views. When I started blogging around seven or eight years ago, I set out to share my thoughts with a small community of my own colleagues and friends.

Blogging as literacy

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My view is that in the social media universe, blogging is potentially the most powerful tool. Blogging requires a particular set of literacies to ensure that its potential is realised. One of the most powerful aspects of blogging is its social dimension which includes open discussion.

Blogging with Freire

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So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education. But what would he have said about blogs if he had been witness to the participatory web in all its present glory? Dialogue is what blogging is really about.

Dialogue, debate and destinations

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Some notable discussions took place, some of which I can briefly summarise here on this blog. I was challenged by delegates at Solstice to elaborate on the legal and ethical issues of Creative Commons and other Copyleft approaches.

Failure of Creative Commons Licenses

Tony Karrer

I’ve been trying to find out more about specific answers to Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning. I was contacted by someone out of the Creative Commons organization, but in going back and forth with them, we realized that I was looking for legal interpretations which they clearly can’t do. This common interpretation is important if you are going to defend your use of licensed materials.


Seven reasons teachers should blog

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F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. 2) Blogging can crystalise your thinking. Blogging is immediate.

I think, therefore I blog

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In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog. I followed that post up with another highlighting some of the reasons teachers don't blog. Blogging for me has many clear benefits for professionals.

#blideo - a new blogging challenge

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For the many people who have participated to date, it has been an exercise in creative thinking, and an experience of extending social connections within their personal learning networks. blimage = blog + image. blideo #blimage blogging education learning PLN video

I blog therefore I'm spammed

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Some of the spam comments posted to my blog are amusing. They are almost always posted by 'Anonymous' which seems quite a common name for those sad individuals who spend their time trying to promote their lacklustre or spurious website links on the back of someone else's success.

Reasons teachers don't blog

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I'm a little overwhelmed by the response to my post yesterday entitled Seven reasons teachers should blog which as I write this, is racing toward 2000 views in just 24 hours. Some of those commenting on yesterday's post added further reasons why teachers should blog.

The truth about blogging

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Anyone who blogs regularly will have discovered several truths. Many people struggle to maintain a regular blog that is consistently good, or at least meaningful. So be careful what you blog - the affordance of persistency is quite a powerful one, and can work either way.

Blogging about

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The academic world doesn't tend to value blogging as much as it does formally peer-reviewed publications. I have written about this previously, but need to re-emphasise the true value of blogging. Blogging is an excellent medium for professionals to use to crystallise their thinking.

You can't ban the blog

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Argyll and Bute's attempts to censor a 9 year old blogging about her school dinners backfired spectacularly when they were forced to very publicly retract their original decision. The blog has already amassed over 3 million hits.

Giving it all away

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My digital footprint grows each time I post new content, whether it's on this blog, one of my Flickr accounts, or YouTube, Facebook , LinkedIn or Slideshare. Some also embed my slideshows into their own websites and blogs, which disseminates my ideas even further afield.

3 things you should know about blogging

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One of the best ways to do this is through blogging - sharing your thoughts, ideas, best practice, and so on, using a public online platform. And then get blogging! I''m on a crusade. I want to encourage as many educators as possible to engage online with their professional community.

Blogging as conversation

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I began blogging because I needed a way to document what I was doing, thinking and studying. I could have simply used a paper based diary, but I decided when I first heard of blogging that it might fulfil the role of an e-diary for me. But blogging is different, because it is immediate.

eLearning: Copyright Caboodle

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

What if it's Creative Commons licensed? The first is a video produced by Mohawk Media of New Zealand for  Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand  that does a great job explaining  how Creative Commons licenses work.

35+ ID & Elearning Blogs

Experiencing eLearning

One way I stay connected with the community and what’s happening in the field is by reading blogs by instructional designers, elearning professionals, and educators. If you don’t want to subscribe to all these blogs individually, check out eLearning Learning. More Blogs.

Me and Malcolm McLaren

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The one I considered to be the best was posted up onto my Flickr account , and labelled it for free reuse as I always do, under Creative Commons licencing. I also used the image in my subsequent blog post entitled Karaoke Culture. This is the story behind that photograph.

Going viral

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For many, blogging is a little like whistling into the wind. It can be soul destroying when it appears that no-one is reading your finely crafted blog post. Clicking on the fourth image to the right on the search results will take you directly to my blog post.

Those who are about to blog.

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If you are considering taking up blogging this year, and wondering what it might involve, I would be happy to offer you a few tips from my own experience. I have been blogging for just over 5 years and during that time have learnt a few things. Firstly, blogging can be time consuming.

FREE resources for eLearning Development


Here we list our favorite free resources covering music, pictures, and fonts: Free sound effects and music Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Blog News

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Blimey, it's #blimage!

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I'm always looking for new ideas to promote blogging for teachers. It's a challenge/game that Amy called #blimage - a confection of Blog-Image. You send an image or photograph to a colleague with the challenge that they have to write a learning related blog post based on it.

Learning, storytelling and technology

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In particular, I built upon my recent blog series on narrative pedagogies, including a discussion around the use of literary devices in the classroom. There were discussions around blogging, animations and social media tools and their use in education.

Twisted Pair #twistedpair

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Are you up for another blogging challenge? If you accept this challenge, it should encourage you to write creatively, and you'll end up sharing a new idea with a large audience. Come up with an inspirational, satirical or thought provoking blog post about teaching and learning.

#blimage conscious

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For the uninitiated, #blimage (blog-image) is a game we started to encourage learning professionals to blog. At the end of your blog post you then challenge some of your friends with another image, of your own choice. blimage blogging education interaction learning PLN web

My top 5 posts of 2014

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I started blogging back in 2007 to capture my thoughts and make them more concrete. It''s a case of ''now go and blog about this'', to encourage them to reflect on what they have learnt before the articulate it. 2014 blogging education learning

Thinking spaces

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What kind of space best encourages you to think creatively? My base was iNLAB - a purpose built unit designed specifically to promote ideation - creative thinking and innovation. What about creative thinking spaces? How can blogs be used to encourage create thinking in education?

#LearningIs symbolic

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For me though, the most important way to represent my learning, and to continually reinforce it, is to write about it, either here on this blog, as articles and pieces for journals and magazines, and occasionally in the form of books or book chapters. How do you represent your learning?

20 tools for legacy learning

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Here are five ways we can give our knowledge to generations of learners we will never meet: 1) Blogging. Blogs such as the one you are now reading have been set up to share knowledge, and also to encourage discussion. I'm not going to be around for ever, and neither are you.

The #twistedpair list

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The #twistedpair blogging challenge asks you to put together an unlikely pairing of characters - these can be historical, contemporary or fictional - and write about the connection they have (however tenuous) and how it relates to teaching and learning.

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#40years of educational technology: Social media

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Other tools such as wikis, blogs and podcasts also began to be used in education, at first tentatively, and then as embedded features in various programmes of study. I also conducted research into the use of blogs in a number of educational contexts, which also yielded several publications.

Open or shut?

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Increasing numbers of high profile academics (such as danah boyd and Martin Weller for example) are turning their backs on traditional methods of research dissemination, publishing their work exclusively on free-to-read open access platforms or on their blogs.

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