Participatory Culture: This is how it works

23 10 2009

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SCROLL TO BOTTOM VIDEO TO PAUSE!!!!

Above: A screen shot of live class small group discussion, Full Sail University, 10/21/09.  Attendees video conference while in their respective homes in Florida, New York, Tennessee, Costa Rica, and Colorado.

Thanks for a great class this month Joe Bustillos!  With my blog starting to become a part of my day-to-day life… the networks are still increasing.  My level of participation through uploads and shared links with the web family, continue to open new possibilities.  From one teacher to another, the ripple effect sends waves across oceans even seas you never travel yourself…

My first video and my first video response.  It’s fun taking risks… and now our discussion goes down in the books…Thanks for participating in the discussion.  I love your take on the BLING-BLING CHA -CHING-CHING of copyright law…  funny because it’s true, sad all the same.  Maybe I’m the old man sitting around the camp fire trying to hold on to some ounce of our folklore.  You can call me old fashion if you will.  If users can’t own this material, the government has a responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend it for the general public then.  Common good prevails.  For those who didn’t get a chance to experience Prof’s video response, here you go.

The original discussion comes in the first two shots, then you see my Professor, Joe Bustillo’s response to my comments…

My response …

Finally, Profe Joe’s response …

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Sources:
* Eyes on the Fair Use of the Prize directed and produced by Jacob Caggiano/Center for Social Media, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0pM1hJGU8 retrieved on 10/22/2009

* Save the Prize by Seann Goodman/OnOttButton, article at https://seanngoodman.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/save-the-prize/, video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8fvmpRtDb0 retrieved on 10/22/2009.

* Save the Prize – Cha-Ching Version by Joe Bustillos,article at  http://www.viddler.com/explore/joebeebee/videos/17/ retrieved on 10/22/2009.
*”Lumbering through life.” Joe Bustillos.  2009. Retrieved on 10/22/2009.   http://joebustillos.com/2009/10/22/save-the-prize-cha-ching-version/
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Information Literacy Awareness Month

23 10 2009

“None of us really knows how to live in this era of media convergence, collective intelligence, and participatory culture. . . we should not assume that someone possesses media literacy if they can consume but not express themselves.”

Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture (2006.)

We are living in a time of enlightenment.  In our present time, media is being put into the hands of the people in the most democratic fashion we have seen possibly ever in modern history.  Larry Lessig refers to this as the, “revitalization of the read write culture,” which exists in stark juxtaposition to the “read only culture.”  In the “read write culture” participants are encouraged through a democratic processes to engage, create, and share their world with a global community.  Henry Jenkins expresses these ideals as well.  No wonder then that in this birth of the information age, the most forward thinking leaders of the world are turning to literacy, in both the old and new forms, as the tool of exploration.  We are growing in ways that no one can predict where we are headed.  However, it is clear that the old ways will not suffice and that as world citizens we all have a unique responsibility to get on board this train. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 2009 as Information Literacy Awareness Month.  Backed by clear research into the most progressive forms of education, Obama is calling on the citizens, the schools, and the business’ of our country to join the growing wave of information.  In his proclamation Obama declares, “Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation.” This is the “read write culture” of today.  No doubt that other enlightened Americans would also agree.  Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Richard Price, 1789, said,  “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;… whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”  Jefferson also stated, “An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.”  We hold these truths to be more applicable to in our world today than ever before.  Today alone there was over 9,000 hours of YouTube material uploaded, according to figures run by Michael Wesh.  Hence, information is growing massively all the time, and as our access to this information likewise expands, we must engage in this process as responsible citizens living in a democratic time.

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“And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.

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Give the kid your cellphone number!

22 10 2009

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Most people would consider giving students your cell phone number an easy open door for students to enter and mess with your private life.  Why would any teacher in their right mind encourage phone calls from their students?  Isn’t it a little idealist to think that teenagers won’t abuse your privacy?

These questions certainly raise a lot of fear for many.  Those unfamiliar with the practice of increased connectivity see their lives as over whelmed already.  No wonder then that those teachers complain about their contract hours for work and pay, feel no obligation to reach students outside of the normal contract hours.  One teacher recently said, “that’s nice to give up your family and home time to your students, but what’s next, charging for contact time outside of the normal office hours like lawyers do?”

These same fears are what limit the capacity of education to move at the speed of 21st Century professionals in the free market.  Most teachers in fact don’t feel connected what so ever to the free market and this may truthfully be the key.  Teachers are very concerned these days about test scores and a Darwinian way of educating.  This could be seen as market driven but the reality is that this lessens motivation, engagement, and relationships.  In order for education to move into a new paradigm and in order to prepare our students for the work place demand of jobs yet to be created, teachers themselves need to think like those who work in the market.

In the 1990’s increased productivity brought the stock market to new highs.  Whatever, whenever, wherever technologies allowed huge growth to translate into huge profits.  Multitasking and collaborative efforts lead to more transmission of content knowledge and on wider spread platforms.  Increased connectivity leads to better students, with deeper knowledge, and problem solvers ready at all times for any challenge.  President Obama even announced that teaching contact days should be increased and a move to year round schools would benefit students’ nation wide.  This is increased connectivity.  Teachers must learn from this.

Plans to spur learning are already under way.  Across the nation pioneers still exist.  Many of these pioneers are being armed with the latest tools of human gadgetry are displaying these ideas not in the boardroom but in the classroom.  These teachers are realizing the potential of increased literacy based around a new ideal of literacy where media is seen as a guide to open up the ears, eyes, and souls of students.  The written word is considered as valuable as ever.  More important than test scores, students and teachers are working together to build relationships with a shared vision and understanding.  Compassion and open communication are allowing for a new understanding of a Global community based around democracy and user filtered content.  For those teachers willing to think like a businessman, there is a whole world of wealth and knowledge being explored.  When teachers allow students to call them or instant message them about a homework problem, contact time increases, student productivity is ensured, and relationships are fastened.





Aha! You mean it is possible?

20 10 2009

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Art of Giving As

20 10 2009

This week we feature the National Bestseller, The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, (2000, Penguin Press).  Take a look at my thoughts:





Save the Prize

16 10 2009




Wake Up Call!

14 10 2009

With all this talk of Web 2.0 tools, cellphones, and innovative teaching through increased technology, what connections can we draw to the health attributes of increased Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs)?  Just went out and bought the latest iPhone?  Looking to stay in touch with the kids with a network family mobile cell plan?  Attempting to bring cellphones in the classroom as a learning tool?  Before you jump to any rash conclusions, think about the biological impacts that EMFs are already playing in our world.  Although there are a lot of folks who still think the jury is still out on this topic, there are many who think cellphones and EMFs are increasing brain tumors and cancers world wide.

With all this information out there, what do you think?  Are we headed towards a new national health care crisis?  Are the effects of EMFs real?  Are we just waiting in purgatory for the final judgment?  Or is this whole thing just the latest scare designed to get us to go back to nature, give up our technologies?  Or even more, is this a ploy to get us to buy new devices to eliminate or filter a possible but not certain threat of cancer?  Should teachers be requiring young kids to use cellphones in class knowing about EMFs?  Should parents give their students cell phones knowing about EMFs?

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