fredag 25 april 2008

OER week 8

This week we were asked to find a video and show it in our blog. I found quite an interresting video on TeacherTube named Pay Attention. I did´nt find possibilities for cc on TeacherTube. However, there was information about copyright tips and notices. It made me wonder if I can show this video in my blog?

Here is my own video clip - still not edited. I´m planning to add voice in sweedish and text in english..

OER week 7

This weeks assignment was to create and upload an audio file.

Well – this was not the easiest assignment for someone not familiar in the audio-world. Also a lot of downloading – it took a while, but with some help from google and Jasmine Frances helpful tips I got the work done.
Still, I had problems uploading my audio file to ODEO and it nearly drove me mad… Is this the easiest way to distribute audio files? I did not find the upload audio link AND the help-file was no help at all :( after a while my husband found the explanation - It seem like the upload function had been discontinued for new users…
so I changed to switchpod instead. After registering it was really easy to upload the audio file. Here is a picture from my window.

söndag 13 april 2008

OER week 6

This week we were supposed to take some pictures from our home town. In my case, this is Helsinki, Finland. I took some pictures on a building, former prison, now hotel - Hotelli Katajanokka. tried to get a dramatic angle because of the former use of the building... and also the now open gates.. I actually found many pictures from this part of Helsinki. In summer there are quite many old sailingboats sailing around in the archipelago and there is a big harbour next to Katajanokka where they dock.

lördag 12 april 2008

OER week 5

This week we read about how Wikipedia works and about other Wiki projects.
It was very interesting to read about what happens “behind the scene”. I´ve wondered about this part – who controls the texts, checks for misinformation, controls vandalism and so on. I had no idea that it was so organized and structured “behind the scene”. It´s interesting to know that there are lots of people rely wanting to contribute and it also puts mental pressure to others to contribute – especially those working in fields of common interest and those with the knowledge to ad to prior information. It was also interesting that different countries have a bit different ways of operating. The process of deleting pages was quite interesting to! So reading the text and the article changed my view of the reliability of Wikipedia in a positive way.
About the Wikimedia projects:
Wikipedia is probably the only Wiki project I´ve heard about before. Interesting how structured and vast it has become in seven years. It is interesting that the content can be different according to language. I´ve used the English, Finnish and Swedish Wikipedia, often comparing content. The language list is very impressive. Wikibooks is something that seemed very interesting as well as the other Wiki projects. I like the way they are separated to different areas, and the projects seem very usable for school and school projects. Most kids are familiar with Wikipedia, but the rest is probably quite unfamiliar. As the knowledge of the projects spread and when schools (TEACHERS) rely get in to using OER, and overcome the fear of using information from these sites, they will play an important part in education in the future. The problem as I see it is that many teachers still lack experience in using computers and internet even if the students don´t – the teachers rely on their textbooks and traditional ways of teaching…

onsdag 9 april 2008

OER week 4

Our assignment for this week was to take a closer look at copyright and alternatives.

The reason for stipulating a copyright law was of course to protect something that had been created and could produce profit. If the material wasn’t protected – then there was no change of profiting from it. This brought limits to production and also probably led to the loss of many pieces of work. In retrospect one wonders if people would have chosen not to protect their material by law in order to know it would survive and spread through time. Also the benefit was greater for the publisher than the author, so the profits actually were / are smaller for the creator of the work as stated in.

Lessings presentation on relay opend my eyes for how complex the copyright system is, and how artificially it has been manifested to its present form. . How copy right effects society is another question. The law going from publishing to copying and from 14 years to life + 70 rely affects how creativity can be used. Also the restrictions on sound books seen in a perspective of the first copyright is absurd, and it feels like no ordinary person knows or cares about the copyright – so why have it? Because of money – and power.

I think that the creativity aspect is one of the central issues in the copyright law, and one of the most interesting points that is stated by Lessing. How the law hinders creativity and innovation by not letting a “natural” creativity process take place. In this aspect the law certainly suppresses creativity in school where pupils have a limited source of material and are not allowed to watch films or listen to music because of the law restrictions.

In the article Towards a Global Learning Commons: ccLearn there is a good metaphor that pictures the problem with protected learning sites as Black Board or Moodle that they are “walled gardens rather than public parks” - this is quite true, but it is still a difficult issue. If one provides education for a certain group, should everybody have access to this information? I´m studying for my masters degree mostly through Moodle and I don’t know if I would like the thought of every one reading my assignments and taking part in our discussions, but I still think it would be ok for anyone to go in and read the course material. But how about the teacher who has spent time and effort to write the material – how does she/he feel about this issue. On the other hand, the teachers have made links to materials and information that others have created and published on the internet. In a way were all dependent on each other – some will gain more economically but in a wider social context everyone will gain by setting information free.

fredag 21 mars 2008

OER week 3

This week we were assigned to comment on thoughts about education and educational rights as well as the historical legacy of the enlightenment philosophers.

I think one has the right to develop oneself to ones potentials. Living in a society where education is considered a right as well as a duty, I think education has two sides. The right to develop as a person as far as one wants to go, and as a member in society, to be able to contribute in ones social environment.

As we learn more we get a wider perspective and hopefully develop in a positive way. We are also able to rely more on our own beliefs and react on our own prior knowledge rather than having to rely on what others tell us to do.

Some of the ideas of the enlightenment philosophers developed to take an important role in our society and many of their ideas have taken some time to develop into practice. Many of the pedagogical ideas we use as innovative today actually date back a few hundred years. Other ideas, as Grundtvig´s Folk High School have developed into movements that are still up to date today. Some philosophers and educators serve as a link between old philosophers and the educational systems of today. Ellen Key´s thoughts on children and education, partly influenced from Rousseau through Emilé. She was known as an author, educator and feminist and she had a large impact on the thoughts of education of children mainly in Sweden. The idea of the child´s own development in focus moved on from Rousseau through Key into many pedagogical practices of this age and time. As other ideas from the time of enlightenment, they are the foundation we stand on today.

In the Finnish society education has become more and more obligatory. We talk about lifelong learning and adult education – this means that in almost all lines of work education is continuous. We have nine years of compulsory education and often 3-10 years of various educational programs after that. Then we have to keep up our skills and renew them as technology and society develop –this means either studying while working or taking time of for studying. For some people this has also been a strain – the trough of having to educate oneself trough life. But I think as attitudes change we will see education as a continuous process, not something you do in the beginning of your life and then “move on”.

The similarities behind all educational movements are of course education in one form or another, and that society offers people different ways to develop. The ways and motives might vary, and also the access to participate. The access to libraries and information is probably something that connects different educational systems – the access of information. Through internet the information and development of information is widely accessed and offers anyone to participate in the development contrary to before, where only some had the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas through books.

Education is a wide definition, everything from basic caretaking to rocket science. Education is everywhere where people are. Education and knowledge is a part of life and is continuously developing and it has to be passed on and developed further in social contexts – the only reason for someone to deny the access of education for someone is the fear of losing power.

söndag 16 mars 2008

OER week 2

Well, I finally completed this week´s assignment. I´ve been in and out in LeMill all week, trying to figure out what I should do there – how can I contribute with something. Pressured by the dead line, I thought I should work with something linked to another relevant project of mine. I am writing a paper for my studies about designing practical courses in virtual environments, and also trying it out in practice. The aim is to create a course in Japanese book binding, so I used this as a presentation in LeMill. I didn’t get that far, but I made an introduction and added a few links. My aim is to make a own demo video and also have a step by step slide show – I am going to publish this material in a closed learning environment (moodle) in our school but at the same time, with the same material use Le Mill and/or other open resources.

My experience in LeMill was positive, but at first a bit “scary”. I started out by trial and error, keeping in mind that everything could be changed and altered or even deleted ;) It was quite easy to use the system even without prior experience. I had to do some html-editing because some of the lines in the text didn´t follow the same structure as when editing…

With some help from Teemus encouraging words “Be bold, be very bold” - I was a bit bold.. ;)