Friday, October 28, 2011

MAC wk. #1: PPP Post

Next week we will be deciding if we will choose a publication or presentation for the CBR project. That really started me thinking about a book I read in the past. The book is called "This Is Your Brain On Music," and it asks the question: "If a tree falls in the woods with no one around, does it make a sound." The answer in the book is yes and also no. The "yes" answer is easy because we all understand sound waves and that of course the tree makes a noise as it falls to the ground. The "no" is what I find interesting because unless we are there, we do not know what that tree sounded exact like when it fell.

How does this relate to my decision on presentation or publication?

Well, actually in a similar fashion. If a CBR project is published or presented with no one around to hear it does it make a difference in the educational setting? That is what I need to think about as I decide publication or presentation. Both are excellent options but if the research falls without listeners it will not matter as much.

MAC wk. #1: Comment on Wayne Nelson's Blog

In his Blog, Wayne said:

"In most of my work to this point for the CBR project, I have tried to use my own images and video; however, in the case of the alligator snapping turtle and other endangered species, I did not own any of my own material of these species. So I called the Missouri Conservation Department and asked if I could use the materials on their website. I was told that as long as I was using it for educational purposes that I could use anything on their website. So I have made sure to give MCD the credit for their work in my projects. I am hoping; however, that after the project is completed, the MDC may want to further use and follow the information that I have gathered."

I responded with:

"Wayne, That is great how you contacted them for their permission. SO many people do not think about it and that is why I think they get in trouble with the owners. I wish you luck with your CBR and hopefully the MDC will use your hard work. Heck, maybe they will even find a position for you to create educational materials for them."

MAC wk. #1: Comment on Jennifer WIlliams Blog

Jennifer said in her blog about copyright:

"Thank goodness for Ted talks.  Watching these hours worth of copyright issue videos was enough to make a teacher quit her job.  So, rather than dwell on the extremes that many of these videos did, I want to focus on the little bit of hope I found within the creative commons information and within Larry Lessig’s TED talk.   
Lessig quoted John Phillips Souza in 1906 who said that these “talking machines” referring to radios will ruin the artistic development in this country.   And, in fact, the 20th century became a culture of “read only” people.  However the 21st century seems to be assuming artistic development again.  Thanks to the $1500 computer, the tools of creativity have become tools of speech.  It is what the next generation bases its life upon.   Yet, Lessig insists, the law has not greeted this revival with very much common sense.  It prohibits to such an extreme degree that legal creativity becomes stifled, at best.  
Creative Commons offers possibilities and hope and does in fact seem to be a “bridge to the future”.  This will begin our journey to thinking more about communities and less about content.  However, in the meantime, educators have to find a way to give our students the tools and information they need to legally create, express, and use the digital technologies that are available to them."

I responded back to her saying:

Excellent point about use of works. There is a movement called "Copyleft" that is trying to gets protected works for use for free just like CC is. It is important to make sure our students do follow the regulations and also try to get them to create something original as well.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Full Sail MAC wk1: Copyright Reading

Copyright is a very complicated topic that really is about a very simple thing. Protecting your intellectual property or, in plain English, original ideas. I decided to make a very basic presentation that will provide basic ideas about copyright and its definitions. I hope you enjoy and that help you understand the topic a little bit more.