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.

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

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EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. This is a single integrated search, allowing users to bookmark their photos with private and public tags, and increasingly we will be offering advanced searching options , rating systems and other tools. You can search for photos, see which photos are the most popular, and which ones have the highest ratings or the most downloads. 9) Creative Express (Getty Images).

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Online Portfolios

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Thursday, August 02, 2007 Online Portfolios Jennifer Madrell shows us a great example of an online portofolio , which she calls a "svelte and sparkly version of this blog - that is a requirement and capstone project at Indiana University."

Communities and connections

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Photo by Airina Volungevi?ien? The video of my keynote (a clipped version from the entire opening plenary session which can be viewed in its entirety on EDENTube ) is about 30 minutes in duration and is followed by a panel discussion with the audience.

Makeshift reality

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Photo by Samuel Seller on unsplash Virtual Reality (VR), some might argue, has yet to live up to the hype. I can give three examples: In the UK, Royal Navy recruits new to the topography of nuclear submarines can experience a virtual reality version on their laptops.

Question Time!

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Plymouth Institute of Education staff conducted their own version of Question Time last night for students on the Visions and Values module. Over 100 third year education students attended to hear several colleagues debate the future of the primary curriculum.

#TwistedTropes 24: Maslow's awkward hierarchy

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons Everything was awkward about the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow. Sadly, Maslow's Hierarchy became famous for the wrong reasons when learning professionals began to use the pyramid version in their PowerPoint presentations.

Categorisation cults

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There are many versions of this, depending on what kind of drugs people have been taking. Photo from Pixabay Categorisation cults by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

The future of reading

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In versions of the 2012 Horizon Report, eBooks were considered by many of the expert panel to be on the 1 year horizon for full adoption into education. Photo by GoXunuReviews The future of reading by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Digital habitus

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This is representative of the manner in which we habituate into digital media, believing that we are laying down versions of our thoughts and behaviour from real life.

Intervention learning

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons Predictably, the ideas that dominated at Learning Technologies 2019 (#LT19uk) were mostly on new and emerging technologies.


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million search enquiries on Google, nearly 2 million photos created on Snapchat , over 4 million hours of video watched on the video sharing channel YouTube (and 400 hours uploaded), nearly half a million tweets sent on Twitter, and more than 16 million text messages sent.

Going off road

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I like to go off road and explore, and I often find myself down some backstreet in a city I've never visited before, chatting to locals or taking photos of strange new sights. Lesson plans are a little version of the curriculum. Veering off the beaten track is something I often do.

The #blimage challenge spreads

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There is now a Dutch language version called #blimageNL and hopefully other language versions will follow. It is barely a week since the fabulous Amy Burvall and I started the #blimage challenge, and we are both just a little breathless as we watch how rapidly it is catching on.

The first technology

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Rather, I'm inclined to agree with the argument proposed by Brian Winston (1998), that we are witnessing an evolution of tools, and that all new technologies and ideas are based upon older versions, updated, upgraded and extended.

When will my (3D) prints appear?

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Architects, designers, food technologists and also the military, are discovering the benefits of creating 3D versions of reality. Photo by Jonathan Juursema on Wikimedia Commons When will my prints appear?

Devil in the detail

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After all, the ability to continually iterate versions of text or image is part of the creative process. Even better if each version can be preserved to be shown as a process of discovery or creativity that is equally valued with the finished product.

#LearningIs creative

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Learning can certainly be creative, if the conditions are right. Firstly, creative learning requires active engagement. Creative learning in the classroom is almost always 'small c' creativity. But it's creative for them.

Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

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Next came the institutional versions, the xMOOCs, which borrowed the 'free at the point of delivery' open and online model but emphasised formal assessment and accreditation (which is clearly where the money is). Photo by Steve Wheeler Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Never give in!

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Photo by Tom Burke on Wikimedia Commons Never give in! by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 NB: This post in a previous version was first published in 2011.

Our viral web

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In an interesting episode last year, I personally experienced the power of the viral web through Wikipedia Commons. The next day I posted his picture onto my Flickr account and licenced it under Creative Commons for free sharing and re-use. We are all Big Brother now.

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Making the future of education

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A lot of institutions are adopting versions of this method, and are employing technology, particularly video and online content to achieve it. Many would agree that a lot needs to be done to bring education up to date.

Who's in charge?

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Student centred learning encourages learners to develop an internal locus of control where anything is possible, and where in progressive versions, they choose what they will learn, how they will learn it and even how they will be assessed.

Sun, Sangria and Spanish flies

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After an hour of bottling the most expensive brand of lemonade, a bell sounded and the production team switched labels and started bottling a budget version.

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Like a sponge

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If you want to read more, the full version is on the Sponge website. Photo by Steven Depolo on Flickr Like a sponge by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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#TwistedTropes 13. Plato's empty cave

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Photo by Devon van Rensburg on unsplash Plato was a Greek philosopher who had a splendidly long beard. Dante's lukewarm inferno Plato's empty cave by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Cut and thrust

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The latter has many variants, including the #ukedchat British version and #edchatie for Irish educators, and are public discussion zones where any teacher who is interested can join in to share ideas and chew over the educational issues of the day.

How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video


Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. A few quick examples: Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale — photos of the inventory aid in product recognition.

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Learning as dialogue

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Later, Piaget, Inhelder and others were responsible for introducing a cognitive version of learning theory which held that children were ''solo scientists'' who constructed their own meaning through exploration of their environment.

Activity learning

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Figure 1: Second generation Activity Theory The theory Vygotsky''s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artefacts, was the basis for Engeström''s version of AT (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory).

About time

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They look very shiny and high tech in those television shows, but the earliest real versions were incredibly expensive, had clumsy designs and were probably not that easy to use either (for personal communicator read mobile phone, and for replicator think 3D printer).

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Buying steam?

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The provisionality of digital media - that is, the capability to change or edit an entire text instantly - and the cloud based storage that makes one version available for all to access but not to own in the physical sense, make it likely that the system could be abused.

Corporate learning in the digital age

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The interview, by Bettina Wallbrecht and Stefanie Hornung for Zukunft Personal is also available in a more extended version in German at this link. Learning in many organisations is going through radical change.

Where AR we now?

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Perhaps the most promising and intuitively easy to use AR version is the wearable (or eye wear) application seen most recently in Google Glasses. What educators do with them next, is really down to each individual's creativity and imagination. Photo by Steve Wheeler Where AR we now?

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Why schools shouldn't ban smartphones

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It has been edited from my original longer version and can also be viewed here on the newspaper site ). They use smartphones and tablets to solve maths problems, blog to develop their creative writing skills, build robots and learn how to code.