When I first sat down to do my post for this week, I was going to go in a different direction. I hadn’t watched RIP Manifesto for a few years. I knew there was a guide that went through the documentary and asked many guided questions. It was a great experience just getting access to the NFB Campus edition through the Ministry of Education. There is a wealth of accessible information and resources that are free for Saskatchewan teachers. So this experience in itself reminded me that there are many open resources available to teachers if we just do a little more research and ask a few more questions. (Here’s a copy of the guided questions along with my responses from RIP Manifesto (I took off the music questions).
I sat down at my computer wondering where I should start this blog. Then I thought what if I checked out the blog hub and see what others thinking. As always, there are some great posts filled with great insights and resources. I feel that our class blogs are a great source of open source learning. I wrote replies to the blogs I viewed put thought using a couple of points from each blog to write my blog would be in the spirit of what open source learning can do. So here’s my attempt at a blog remix.
copyright on the entries we got. There were some amazing projects that did not get submitted because copyright permission was not obtained. I always thought that was too bad because it limited what students were producing and submitting. There were some success stories to as some people granted permission and students created medium like their own music which was awesome. I also appreciate open source like BCcampus Open Educational Resources. Last semester I tool ECI 834 and have access to Tony Bates’ textbook was amazing. It was free and extremely useful. I didn’t not expect a university level course to provide free access to a resource. The costs of textbooks can provide a lot of stress when deciding on if a taking a university class is feasible. Her story about the Cpl. Funduck is also very interesting. I know that in my own school division we have received e-mails from lawyers of people whose work has been included in newsletters or other materials basically saying you need to pay for using their images. Even though she gave permission, I’m sure she could look for compensation if her images were being used for profit or gain from the people using them.
information and ideas. To me this represents the ultimate view of open source learning. We have so much access that it can be an intimating and frustrating process. That’s why developing a PLN is so important to help and share with this process. The opportunities are endless.
resources in Google only not realizing that many of the resources on the first page paid to be there. This is probably due to the fact they want their message promoted for whatever reason. I also feel that Wikipedia is a great open source information and a good starting point, but definitely need to sift through the information on there. The need to create critical thinkers is more important than ever before. Open source can provide amazing information but it can also be a haven for misinformation as well.
for students and can prevent students in developing countries to improve through education. If all teachers had access to quality educational content without barriers, and educators had the ability to collaborate with the materials, teachers can and will make a positive difference. I also like the checklist of eight ways teachers can share. I’m happy to report I can check all eight:
I’ve also experienced using MOOCs (like the Saskatchewan Education Digital Citizenship MOOC that was developed in part by Dr. Alec Couros and the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC by George Couros) and other online learning endeavors. There is a wealth of amazing learning opportunities that exist out there. I am also interested in Matteo’s learning project as there are similarities to mine. I also sometimes question myself is this good enough to share especially online (such as a blog or You Tube series)? Sometimes you just have to let go and enjoy the learning experience for yourself and more often than not the material you share will reach at least one person ‘out there’ even if you don’t get a response. Kinda like this blog remix :-)
Found a Quizziz on Open Educational Resources
Give it a go by opening
and enter this code
Here's a MOOC one can join (might be a bit late)
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.