“no one understands Fair Use”

It’s high time we got back to Friday Fluff! Here’s another one of those videos featuring the movie Downfall, this time from ironmanx28, but this time it’s all about “holding the line against digital scholarship and fair use, courtesy of Critical Commons.” Happy Friday!

blog? wiki? discussion board? listserv? etc.?

I had the privilege yesterday to speak about blogs and wikis in Blackboard during a session of GS630 – Instructional Technology. Excellent questions emerged about the tools and their uses as compared to other potential tools inside and outside Bb. When do you use a blog? What about a wiki? Wouldn’t a discussion board be the same thing? And why not just use the ol’ listserv?

It boils down to this: What works and elicits the desired responses from your students for your course? Yes, it’s that simple. There are too many tools out there to even begin thinking about using them all, and many do overlap in function. Need proof? Here it is: http://www.go2web20.net/. Be afraid.

There are so many tools, that the lines have become blurred. Someone introduced me to Weebly as a wiki. But it’s really not. It’s more of a Web page builder. But it’s possible Weebly may have wiki functions in the future, allowing multiple authors for pages. That’s just one example.

Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, one of my Blue 2.0 participants, came up with a succint statement about blogs and wikis: “I think that blogs are best for sharing thoughts and ideas; I think wikis are best for sharing information and resources.” That’s a good line to draw, since blogs are mostly one way (ideas out, only comments back in) and wikis are group projects (multiple editors with the potential for constant change to text, design, media,etc.). The discussion board in Blackboard is certainly another way to go for idea exchanges (one comment at a time on a larger idea, with comments possible on comments). It really just depends upon what lends itself best to your subject and your students (and yourself!).

iphones apps course under way

Stanford is again offering its iPhone Application Development course. You can find the course handouts, lecture slides, sample code and more on the course site, accessible to the public. This is a great example of how to be a knowledge leader, and I’d like to see more of it going on here in Kentucky. Can anyone post any examples in comments?

Find past course lectures, presentations and PDFs on iTunes (I found it easily by searching in iTunes on Stanford iPhone App).

welcome back!

Why, yes, I am still alive and still write a blog, thanks for asking! Here we are in 2010, and I’m feeling like any temperature in the 30s at this point is a heat wave, so I’m feeling pretty good this week. My family and I moved on the coldest, snowiest days so far this winter, and since then my mind has been on getting furniture in place, thawing out, and getting all my appliances hooked up and working. Priorities and all. But it’s time to kick this blog back in gear for the spring (spring? SPRING?) semester. Happy New Year, welcome back, let’s do this!