Collection 3

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Intellectual Property and Its Offspring

Who to Follow: Amber Case – Cyber anthropology, and calm tech.

Frenemy IP – what I think of IP.

Making Sense of Copyright – a non-conclusive timeline.

OneNote – workflow productivity boost?!

Fair Use – a look at my Digital Storytelling remix.

Bullet Journal – how I cleaned up my list habit.

The (Creative) Commons – a CC-BY-NC-SA for my bird drawing.

Copyright Aware? – Wing-it assignment.

Copyright Aware?

Most of us don’t think about copyright much while interacting with the internet. An example of this is the way we save images we find appealing.

Materials: Smartphone, laptop, tablet, or desktop.

Task

Open up your device and look at image you have as a background and/or lock-screen, and answer the following questions.

What is the image?

Where did you get the image?

Do you know what copyright it is under, if so what is it?

Does your downloading/use of the image fall under allowable actions based on that copyright?

If you don’t know how the image is licensed, how could you find out?

Of the other images on your devise, where do most of them come from? Are they your work, from the internet, photos you taken?

Not-so-secret objective:

Get students thinking about how they interact with copyright on a daily basis. This could be used as bell-work or admit/exit slips for a lesson on copyright or digital citizenship.

Example

What is the image?
An aerial photo of Tokyo.

Where did you get the image?
I got the image as part of a photo-pack, from Creative Market (one of the weekly freebies).

Do you know what copyright it is under, if so what is it?
Creative Market’s Standard License

Does your downloading/use of the image fall under allowable actions based on that copyright?
Yes.

If you don’t know how the image is licensed, how could you find out?
I could look at the website and see what the photo is licensed under.

Of the other images on your devise, where do most of them come from? Are they your work, from the internet, photos you taken?
Most of the images I have on my laptop are either ones I’ve created, or ones I’ve downloaded from sources that allow personal use.

Points: 10/10

Bullet Journal

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Started out with a notebook I had used 2 pages of … 5 years ago. It was buried, forgotten under a stack of books on my overflowing bookshelf.

I’m hoping this Bullet Journal will consolidate some of my vast list collection habit. I’ve got to-do lists, due dates, project ideas, stacks of essay outline notes on scrap-paper that get tucked under my keyboard, or inside books.

No joke: I found 1 Henry IV/Machiavelli outline notes from a paper I wrote Fall 2014. It’s a problem.

Bullet Journal Organization

Created index and monthly log pages. I also started collection pages for Homework (HW) due dates. The July Log isn’t really a good space for that, but I need those in one place. I also created my Legend, and taped it to the back cover. I also started a page for daily logs.

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Use: productive?

I found having my homework laid out neatly in one place, made me feel more organized. It also let me see at a glance what my week would be like, time-wise. I think this feature will be even more of a boon once classes start in the fall. Between keeping track of HW, and important dates–such as when my supervisor is coming to observe me student teach–having that information in one place, and already organized will cut stress. Plus there is something much more satisfying about marking items off a physical list than a digital one.

One function of the Bullet Journal that I didn’t use consistently was the daily logs. They are supposed to be little quick lists of what you’ve done or need to do, or things that should be remembered. I up until the 12th I hadn’t really been doing much this month other than classes and cleaning/organizing the house. So there wasn’t much to add. Also, as I’ve started using OneNote I’ll be keeping project ideas/outlines there rather than as lists on scratch paper.

I’m just not one to mark down every chore I completed, or visit with family. My to-do lists are usually more about time management than they are actual listing of chores. They usually are groups of work/reading/research I need to do broken down for a week, so that I can fit everything in while still having some down time. I think once classes start and I’m more active, the log will allow me to keep track of things I need to accomplish without necessarily making a bunch of new lists.

I don’t know if the Bullet Journal has necessarily made me more productive, but it has helped me keep organized–and curtailed my loose list habit. We’ll see after September whether or not the Bullet Journal has a real impact, and if I can keep up with using it.

Fair Use

Purpose

I’ve chosen to use a video I created last semester that explores the definition of Digital Storytelling. I would use this as an intro to a Digital Storytelling unit, for an English Literature class. Or, perhaps at the start of a semester where students would be using/exploring Digital Storytelling.

Nature & Amount

I used screen-caps of mine and my classmates’ projects from earlier in the semester. I also used an image from the Portal 2 comic, an advertisement, and a graphic found on the web. Interspersed with these are quotes from various sources. The amount of use is small, as each image is only up for a handful of seconds. The works used are either cropped/edited or displayed in such a way that the heart isn’t the focus. Similarly, the quotes used are short.

The video was created using Powtoon, which gave me access and permission to use graphics (such as the transitions and backgrounds) and music.

Effect

The usage doesn’t impact the market of the original works, at least not in a negative way. Most of the works I’m pulling from are educational, and if a viewer found a particular quote or work interesting they would be likely to search for the original to view or borrow a copy for themselves. Students in a secondary classroom would not be likely to purchase copies of any of the books quoted, regardless of having seen the quotes or not.

Additionally, I’ve set the video as unlisted, so that it doesn’t show up in searches. I’ve also titled it as ED 677 Remix, which makes the chances of someone coming across it accidentally much smaller. This reduces the impact that the video might have, though again, that impact would be minuscule.

OneNote

I’m going to be finishing my M.Ed and Student Teaching next year, so I could certainly use a productivity boost. I decided to try OneNote, to see if I could streamline some of my workflow. Did I end up more productive? Yes, and No.

On OneNote as a workspace:

I actually liked using OneNote for work. I put the app on my phone, and I already had it on my desktop & laptop as part of Win10. This was great because I could type notes for project ideas, or reminders while waiting for class to start or in the waiting room at appointments. You can also set it to sync only on WiFi, which is important because I have a small data-plan. I could also work on projects on my laptop at school, that I had started on my desktop at home and the changes sync when I pick-up the project at home again.

I also liked not needing to open my docs folder and load different files if I needed to pull from another project, or had an idea for something else while working on an assignment. I have a tendency to work on an assignment until I get hit a wall, change to another assignment or project and work on that until my brain decompresses/gets over a writing block, and then go back to the first assignment. So being able to quickly access things was a plus.

As an experiment I started/shared a notebook with my BFF Petra, that we used to work on a writing project. She is currently living in the lower 48 and that makes collaboration hard–especially as we are on different shifts. The nice thing about OneNote, as apposed to trying to work via messenger or a Google doc, is the way projects can be organized. We can make comments/notes in a text pane next to our work, so you can see them at the same time. Additionally, the way notebooks are organized you can have sections for plot/mechanics, character profiles, etc. and then separate pages in those sections–say one for each main character. In Google Docs either it would be a run-on file, or separate files you would need to switch back and forth to.

Petra, who was rather skeptical of using OneNote when I started the project, liked it so well for our collaborative work that she opened another notebook to keep track of random ideas we bounce off each other, usually via messenger. Collecting them in one place is nice because you don’t have try scrolling back through weeks of messages, or remember to C/P thoughts into a file.

So, I think OneNote did help me become more productive, in that projects are much more organized and I could easily work where-and-when I had time even if I didn’t have my laptop, latest files on a thumb-drive, or a WiFi connection.


On OneNote to WordPress page import:

So, half the reason I was willing to try the OneNote program was because you’re supposed to be able to connect it, with a plugin, to your WordPress site.

I’m used to hand-coding my posts–1) because it’s familiar/habit, 2) because it lets me manipulate pieces outside what the visual editor accounts for, and 3) so that I have a copy on my hard drive. I figured creating posts in OneNote would allow me to skip some of the hand-coding, and still give me a back-up copy.

Not so much.

The plugin doesn’t work. The directions, in the plugin, are out of date. And, though people have been asking about the connection issue for a year, the developers have not replied at all or fixed the issue.

I tried a couple of times to get this to work. Trawled through pages of results, and any variation of the plugin name/issue that I could think of–and, in the end, came up with bupkis. I can’t legitimize spending more than the 3 or so hours I already have on this, so I’m shelving the plugin experiment as FAILED.

 

Making Sense of Copyright

Copyright history is a convoluted mess, but I’ve tried to pick out the events that I think have shaped modern copyright law/practices. In some cases, I’ve grouped events because they build on each other.

My audience is 12th grade Government class. I imagined that I could use this, 1) to look at laws and US international relationships, and 2) to talk about participation in citizenship–i.e. SOPA protests. I wouldn’t necessarily want my students memorizing all the events/dates, but rather having a understanding of how and why copyright law has come to be/changed over time.

[See the timeline widescreen.]

 

Frenemy IP

This assignment was hard to articulate. I have some strong thoughts on copyright, whereas Intellectual Property (IP) is a huge umbrella term. Even after reading and research I’m still not sure that I’m confident speaking about the intricacies in general terms let alone in specific.

[If you can’t get the embedded Sway to work, you can view it here.]

Who to Follow: Amber Case

I was introduced to Amber Case’s idea of Templated Self by Jim Groom recently, and that kind of domino-ed into reading about/becoming interested in Cyborg Anthropology. I was really taken by the idea.

“[C]yborg anthropology is a placeholder term for an evolution of anthropological methods and study. It’s about using new tools to do fieldwork in new places, and to study all spaces and types of humanity, not just foreign ones.” (What is Cyborg Anthropology? – Amber Case)

When I read about Cyber Anthropology, juxtaposed in my mind against the topics we’ve been studying in Digital Citizenship, I had an of course moment.

Of course we should be studying the topic from that framework, why hadn’t I heard of this before? Case didn’t coin the term but I think she has really brought it back into the light, so to speak. Cyber Anthropology was presented as a topic at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (login with your UAF account to read for free).

“In a time where the use of Facebook is common, and cell phones live in everyone’s pockets, technology is a more of a decision making process for the general person more than something that is critically looked at. Technologies have become so omnipresent that they have seeped into almost every nook and cranny of physical and social lives in many countries. A cyborg anthropologist has the ability to leverage both new and old methods to take a step back and look at these changes on a longer scale.” (What is Cyborg Anthropology? – Amber Case)

For instance we’ve discussed online presence, and controlling what that means, but Case takes it a step farther to “Second Selves,” which is not just our choices and presence but how that presence becomes an extension of self–including psychological impacts. Another topic I found of interest was Hyperlinked Memories, using an external device as an intermediary for accessing memories. Case touches on this a bit in her TED Talks video, in the way we feel adrift when we lose information on our hard drives, phones, etc.

Case’s current work is focused on Calm Technology. Which was coined in the 90s by Xerox PARC researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown “as an antidote to the far more common experience of tech rage brought on by poor user experiences and data overload” (Calm Tech, Then and Now – re:form).

Here are a couple of principles of Calm Technology:
 

  1. Technology should require the smallest possible amount of attention

    • Technology can communicate, but doesn’t need to speak.
    • Create ambient awareness through different senses.
    • Communicate information without taking the wearer out of their environment or task.
  2. Technology should inform and create calm
    • A person’s primary task should not be computing, but being human.
    • Give people what they need to solve their problem, and nothing more.

I quite like the idea of unobtrusive technology. While I love the connectablility that comes with modern tech–books at my fingertips, ease of communication over vast spaces, etc.–I don’t like how obsessive we’ve become with it. And, I could really do without the constant pull for attention. Like when a program pops up an alert to tell me it’s doing its job. I don’t need to be told it’s working, I just need it to work.

I think the work Amber Case is doing is very interesting, and wholly relevant–not just to the ED 654 class but to our lives, in and out of digital space. A lot of her work seems to start with ideas that have been lost in the shuffle, and that she has applied–or reapplied–to the modern world. It will be interesting to see where she takes her research from here.

 

Also find Amber Case:
Caseorganic.com – personal website
@caseorganic – Twitter
The Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg – article, WIRED

Collection 2

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Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy, Life Online, Oh My!

What Does Digital Citizenship Mean? – personal definition
Exploring Digital Citizenship – Storify collections
Domain of One’s Own – Reflections (Wired & Watters readings)
Personal Cyberinfrastructure – Reflections (All Gardner Campbell readings)
As We May Think – Reflections
Essential Elements of Digital Literacy – Reflections (All Chapters)
Spiffing! – Bling Your Blog post
Think About Thinking – on reflections and using the wiki
Tree Campus USA? – infograph
Making Connections
Did You Know? – Wing-it lesson plan

Essential Elements reflections 6-9

EE_Belshaw Find my rich reflections on Doug Belshaw’s The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies, chapters 6-9 HERE

“Just as one has to learn how to ‘do school’, so we need to learn how to learn online before we can actually do so.” (p. 96)

Key point.

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