Join us [here] to discuss ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) in the Specialist High Skills Major program in Ontario. David Sornberger, District Principal of School Improvement with Trillium Lakelands District School Board, shares the work his board is doing with this program. We encourage you to join in, learn, and share in this conversation.
This discussion is also available on live internet radioand through podcast after the event. We post recordings on this site as well.
We look forward to this conversation Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. EDT.
David writes about his thinking around the read-write web and how our ability (and, perhaps, our obligation) to contribute, changes the way we need to interact with our students.
How many of us have taken the time to think about this?
Where do we share our ideas around this shift?
His post reminded me of an example we used in our “30 Days of Getting Connected” Series. Ira David Socol writes about how change is not new, but in the Web 1.0 days, change was happening at a different level, and was not as apparent to us. Web 2.0, the read-write web, allows the ability to create and contribute, which results in change that impacts all of us.
For an excellent overview of Web 1.0 -> Web 2.0 -> Web 3.0 and its impact on learning and teaching, refer to the work of Dr. Jackie Gerstein here.
So how does the read-write web change our dynamics as a teacher?
Much of the work we have done so far in getting connected has been about where to find information on the web, and how to share the valuable information with others.
But what if nobody created any of the resources you are sharing?
Your presence online is valuable because others are creating and sharing with you. You are a valuable part of your own PLN. Creating and sharing back with your colleagues is an important part of the process, and a valuable aspect of your own professional learning.
Today we start supporting you in the process of creating your own blog.
You can’t create a blog in ten minutes, so we have broken the process down into a series of easy steps. Our goal is to have your blog live online before the end of this 30-day series.
Are you ready?
First, what do we mean by the word “blog”? We need to have a shared understanding of what a blog is.
Edublogs, one of many possible platforms for your blog, has created this instructional video that will give you the basics of what a blog is in under four minutes!
The next step in setting up your own blog is making a decision about what platform you will use to host your blog. Many educators use one platform for student blogs and a different platform for their personal blog. How should you decide?
Edublogs recently did a survey of bloggers, asking about their platform of choice. Reading their comments might help you with your decision.
Of course, asking your PLN on Twitter what platform they use and why is an awesome use of your Professional Learning Network to support you in your work.
If your friends are already blogging, ask them what they use and why.
Once you have made your decision, it’s easy to sign up for a free blog.
(OSSEMOOC is currently using a WordPress.com site, and as we work through the components of blogs this week, we will be using examples from our own WordPress.com site. If you are really new to Web 2.0 tools, you may want to start with a WordPress.com blog and follow our tutorials. Once you understand the fundamentals, you can switch to any hosting site of your choice.)
If you are already a blogger, what tips can you offer new bloggers?
The internet makes it so easy for us to share and access beautiful images. Today we explore the use of those shared images, and one way we can use social media to share our photographs.
The site that we are exploring today is Flickr. It is just one of many image sharing sites.
If you have a Yahoo account, you can create a Flickr account using it. If you are new to Yahoo, you will need to begin by creating an account.
Once you have an account, “get started”!
You can create different Flickr accounts for different purposes. There are many ways to use Flickr in the classroom. For today, we will use our ten minutes to explore Creative Commons images, and sharing images.
When you first see your Flickr page, there will be some images and users suggested for you to follow. It isn’t necessary to follow other Flickr users, but you can if you like to create a photo feed.
Along the right side of the page are some Flickr projects you can explore, such as “The Commons”.
If you search “creative commons” on Flickr, you are directed to this site. When Flickr users share their work under a Creative Commons license, you can reuse the images according to the user specifications (i.e., the type of license chosen for the work).
Choose the type of license that meets your needs, and “see more”.
You will be provided with an option to search. We have entered “Lake Superior” to see what Flickr users have contributed on this topic.
We get a large number of stunning images from our search.
We love the NASA image of fall colours around the lake. Clicking on the image takes us to the Flickr page where this image is posted.
We notice that there are limitations in using this image.
Clicking on “Some rights reserved” takes us to the Creative Commons License that explains how we can use the image in our own work.
We are able to use the image, as long as we give proper credit to the source. The source of the image is provided.
If I used the image in a blog, I would create a link to the image that takes the reader to the original image site if they click on the image. I would also provide attribution information in the caption, or on the blog page. Similarly, using the image in a presentation would require appropriate attribution on the slide, including a link to the original site/license.
Keep in mind that our search was only for work that had an attribution license. There are many other licenses we can search.
We could return to the original Creative Commons search page, or we could adjust the parameters at the top of the page that help us to filter our search more precisely.
By searching again, we get a different set of results.
By investigating this photo, we learned that it had an attribution non-commercial license, and that our use of this image was limited to non-commercial applications.
Flickr is also a place where you can share your own photos with friends, or even contribute to the collection of images available to others for learning and creating by licensing your work appropriately.
Choose “upload” on the top navigation bar.
Choose the photo you will share, then follow the instructions to edit the title and description. Click on “owner settings” to choose the license for your image.
Add a number of tags to your photo so that it will appear as a result when others are searching.
Check to see that the information is correct, and choose upload.
Your image now appears on your site.
You can be more social on Flickr, and follow the images that your friends are uploading.
Continue to explore this site in your spare time. OSSEMOOC will continue to share other classroom uses for Flickr.