Thanks to Karen in her blog K-12 Open Ed I found a post about Creative Commons. I am making a library page for our staff and students about using Creative Commons in a classroom context. Karen often reflects on issues related to open education and many can relate to those of us in education anywhere in the world. She reported that The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has published a new report that includes a chapter called “Creative Commons and Open Content: What K-12 Schools Need to Know.” It is an interesting and concise discussion of the relevant issues. It is worth a look if you are involved in education and use web content.
I really like this promotion video that I came across in a library blog set up for teenagers about a summer reading program. I don’t know how many signed up for the “Metamorphosis Summer Reading Club for teens ages 13 and up” but it was certainly catchy. TeenPoints.org is also a great site for advertising books/reading and other library “stuff” to teenagers.
Ok, it’s very early days but it’s interesting that, after I thought that Google had conquered the world, new search engines are coming into being and they offer good/interesting alternatives. I have discussed, in this blog, some of the visual alternatives and today I found out about Cuil, not visual but with some good features.
Launched today, Cuil is a new search engine, created by a team of people, some of whom once worked for Google, with the goal of searching the entire Internet in a way that gets the most relevant results. (more…)
Here I go again, trying to explain about copyright responsibilities to teachers. Always, when I mention copyright to teachers, a glazed look comes into their eyes. Although I try to put copyright as simply as I can, many answer “but it’s for teaching” when they want to make a copy of something that is under copyright regulations. Recently the AISV has sent schools some guidelines (Smartcopying site – NEALS) on copyright and YouTube and TeacherTube use in schools. (more…)