User Generated Education

Walk into a classroom in any part of the United States, even the world, and you most likely will scratch your head in disbelief asking yourself questions such as:

  • Why do the classrooms look pretty much like the ones in which I, my parents, and my grandparents learned?
  • Many students (of all ages) own computers in the form of their cell phones that are more powerful than all of the computer power of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon. Why aren’t they using them for learning?
  • Why are the kids still categorized and sorted by date of manufacture (birthdates)?
  • Why are the students using paper-based textbooks that are older than the students, themselves, and provide no options to check for information accuracy or to extend their learning based on areas of interest?
  • Why is there one person standing in front of the room doing…

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I thought I’d repost the list of your blogs here so that you have one place (other than the Google Group) to reference for this class of March 2014.

Here are your individual blogs for those who prefer to blog there and not here.

Also, here are the list of course participants that have volunteered their Twitter handles in case you want to follow and tweet at each other! Remember to use the #cc4k12 hashtag and/or handle (@cc4k12) when you discuss the course!

Creative Commons Cheat Sheet

Ok, so I thought I would try my hand at remixing by making a Creative Commons Cheat Sheet that everyone could use to introduce CC to others. Please give me feedback on anything I can improve on it.

Also I have a question: I am working on a citation curriculum at the moment and I am thinking about adding this cheat sheet to it as a supplemental. The graphics I used have a CC BY-SA license. I assume that mean the Creative Commons Cheat Sheet needs to have the same license, but would that mean my entire project would as well? Or is it ok for part of a project to have one license and another part of it to have a different license?

Our task for this week is to blog about our experience searching for open content.  “Did you find what you were looking for? How did you know if you could use it or not? Share what worked (new search tips!) and what didn’t for you.”

I’m trying to find two things.

 1. I’m gathering resources to show students what CC is and how to use it.  This is pretty easy because Jane has put us in the right direction and this online class has pointed us to some great resources. I don’t think I really need to look any further!

2.    I thought I’d also search for some student-centered resources for beginning digital photography. I’d like to find a few movies/lessons that students can use independently  to choose and produce final projects. As I was searching, I started with the OER general search page. I was taken directly to youtube, which makes sense since much of this will be video based. I started seeing some stuff that was really more directed at adults, so I added the term ‘kids’ to my search.  I found this awesome Vimeo site just for kids. Since we are just watching the movies, I don’t think use will be an issue.  I also want to find some good sources of high quality free photos that students can use in their projects.  In order to do this I’m going to update my image site.  I’m not done yet, but I’ve already removed quite a few links; some just no longer existed and others weren’t really clear on their usage.

Using Google Advanced image search is good, but I’d like to give my kids a few specific trusted sources as well.

Here’s a few that will be useful for my students. 5 great sites with very clear usage rights.

Where I got frustrated…I thought that all images from the federal government were in the public domain. But what I’m finding is that you still have to take the time to really look, since some of the posted images are taken from other collections, or might even be of unknown origin. I wish they’d be more clear on this and give each image a CC or public domain license.   Here are some examples.

  • American Memory is provided by the Library of Congress. They have an extensive library of images, and each image has an “about page” explaining the rights. Not all images are free to use, so be careful.   It is possible to look at individual images and see their rights, such as these from Manzanar, the Japanese internment camp. The rights on this one are listed as No known restrictions on publication.  What then?

  • The Federal Bureau of Land Management, it says this: Many of the images in this web site are considered public domain. There is no cost to download public domain images and they may be used in your print and electronic publications without further authorization from the BLM.  BUT, they didn’t really tell us which ones.

And one from a university…

  • Yale Digital Content added this about a number of images…“We welcome any additional information you might have. If you know more about an image on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe we have not properly attributed your work, please contact us.”

I found this resource from Edutopia to be very helpful in finding OER resources. It goes over some of what we are learning in CC4K12, and being a newbie, it doesn’t hurt me to hear things more than once!

Hi everyone.
I have talked with  talked with a friend of mine and he is a teacher and a designer. I think I expose the theme very well and he could take the main ideas. I share with you these responses:
  • What questions did your friend ask that you couldn’t answer? The most important… “and how I get money with my works?” Maybe during many years I have couldn’t answer or understand very well that topic. And for many people that is the most important think because “they don’t live with good intentions”. Fortunatelly, here is a response for that question:

CC’s NonCommercial (NC) licenses allow rights holders to maximize distribution while maintaining control of the commercialization of their works. If you want to reserve the right to commercialize your work, you may do this by choosing a license with the NC condition. If someone else wants to use your work commercially and you have applied an NC license to your work, they must first get your permission. As the rights holder, you may still sell your own work commercially.

You may also use funding models that do not depend on using an NC license. For example, many artists and creators use crowdfunding to fund their work before releasing it under a less restrictive license. Others use a “freemium” model where the basic content is free, but extras such as a physical printed version or special access to a members-only website are for paying customers only. (source)

  • Did your friend raise any interesting points? Pros and cons? The pros were about the recognition of his work, that he could go to anywhere, for example, in the web. But the cons, the money, how he get ir if the people prefers get his work for free?
  • Did your friend get it? Do you get it? For the moment, the concept and licenses yes, but not about the money.

Well, there is a large way to walk about CC licenses in my country, is necessary to share more content about CC and help the people to get this culture.

Hi everyone,

I re-worked the Introduction to Creative Commons for Schools presentation by CC New Zealand. The aim was to make it much shorter, geared to Year 9 students and reflecting the copyright situation in the UK, which seems to be a bit different.

Week 1 of the scheme of work would be for the class to evaluate the websites on School Dinners, week 2 would be a lesson on Creative Commons, of which the presentation would form a part, week 3 would be the students’ turn to use information from the websites to create their own presentations  They would use the creative commons search to find pictures to re-use or re-mix and would attribute them properly with the other references on their final bibliography page.  Week 4 would be making the presentations.  I will suggest we try this lesson out when we next run Year 9 Life Skills projects.

For my final project, I used PhotoStory3 to create a digital story explaining the Creative Commons licenses and where to look for images with CC licenses.  I chose to focus on images because the students (and some teachers) at my school often use images found online without permission or even attribution.  The audience I had in mind when creating my presentation is my peers, the other elementary librarians in my  district.  We have been talking about attribution and Creative Commons, but we are still newbies at using items with Creative Commons licenses.   In the future, I hope to share the video with the staff at my school.  I would use it as  part of an ongoing conversation about digital citizenship.  We all need to practice ethical internet behavior personally and model it for our students before expecting students to exhibit good digital citizenship.

I have not had an opportunity to share my project with the other librarians yet, so I asked a few readily available school personnel to view the video and give me feedback.  The technology director gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.  After a second viewing, she suggested giving teachers a poster about Creative Commons licenses to keep by their computers.  She thinks teachers might want and/or need a reference to keep handy.  My library assistant said Creative Commons is all new to her, but that I had explained things clearly.  A literacy coach (grades 3-5) also viewed the video.  I had not briefed her ahead of time about Creative Commons or this class, but she was a willing “victim.”  She reported that she had never heard of CC before so it took a few slides to realize what the presentation was about.  Her comments made me realize that I would definitely need to provide a verbal introduction before presenting the video.

I uploaded my video to Vimeo.  (I was not sure how to indicate the video has a CC BY-SA license other than in the description and in the video itself.) Please feel free to view it and to provide feedback.  I gave attribution for all the images I used at the end of the video. I also put all the attributions in a document available on my blog.

So I created this Sliderocket presentation that gives the basics of OER and explains the concepts I learned in this course (thanks, Jane!) I included several clips from the videos we watched in class, then add some of my explanations within the videos. It’s a little bit lengthy, but I wanted it to work as a stand-alone product and not need further explanation. I wish I could hyperlink within the Sliderocket presentation, but I do try to give all the correct attributions within the presentation this time. I licensed it under a Share-alike license since some of the videos I took pieces from require that type.



I loved this last project!

I created an overview of Creative Commons concepts and practices for my school. It was great fun! Now, I feel this is a little ignorant, but I did not attribute the work that I linked to, because I didn’t actually include anything in my web page. Technically it’s all linked to, or embedded, in which the user will always leave my site to access the other resources that I have included. Is that OK?

Also, another tricky part, is that I did add a CC license to my post at the bottom, BUT this web page is actually within my school’s Edublogs site, so I think that I don’t own the copyright because my work here is a “work for hire” case. I’m not sure I’m allowed to do the CC thing (but I did anyway–and I added the most restrictive license just to be a little safer). Thoughts?

Have a look and let me know what you think!