Last day of Class :-(

In the video Gardner Campbell talks about “thinking the unthinkable” and how it effects the future of education. He describes the importance of how educational technologies has increased in many ways the creativity and the modeling of students around the world. It allows them to be free with what they have and gives them that ability to learn something on their own without the help of others. He questions what has cyberinfrastructuring did for you?

 Lets talk about the cyberinfrastructure you built, why did you build it that way? what does that represent about you as a learner? or as an architect?

As a result it creates this circulation of building upon others ideas to create something better, something new. It gives us that freedom to build on your abilities on how we come about something and it becomes part of our identity. Like he said why did we build it that way? It shows the person you are and gives us the advantage to come out of our boundaries and to explore other possibilities.

My Expectations…. 

I honestly wasn’t to expecting to learn much, since I took AC101 and I learned nothing new in that class, and thats what i expected same for this class. But when we first were told to do our first assignment and make an animated gif, I was like what the hell???? I don’t know how to do that and it looks so hard, but it was very simple and I really enjoyed this class, I wish I didn’t take it in the winter, cause I want to learn so much more. I feel like I learned a lot about the internet that I had not known. It feels amazing I feel like I have this power with the internet that I never had before. Everything I learned felt important. Especially when we made our own blogs, I am really excited about that, although I want  people to read my blog. However, this class is one class I paid for and it was worth it 🙂

How to connect your Macbook to your TV

1. You connect your adapter from your Mac to your TV

2. You press on System Preferences.

3. Next you click on display, you select arrangements and then check the box where it says display Mirrors.

Then what’s on your computer screen should pop up on your TV screen.

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I used a video camera to take this video and uploaded it to youtube 🙂

EDpunks who?

Edpunks is the idea of teaching and learning through a system of doing it youself using internet and other approaches, it avoids things such as blackboard, powerpoint, where you are not really learning just storing information.

The whole idea is getting your hands dirty, it does not matter in which way you go about learning how to do something, the important thing is that your doing it yourself, and learning from your experience.

However there are many critics of this notion, not because its not a great movement but the lack that Anya Kamenetz fails to explain. Kamenetz explains that we can learn using other tools but has what may only be described as a very naive understanding of education (including online education).

In one blog someone described:

 “The way do-it-yourself learning is depicted in her guide, it substitutes presentations, resources and materials from professors and books for presentations, resources and materials online through videos and online documents,” he says. “There is no sense that it is do-it-yourself learning; it’s just putting digital in place of traditional learning materials.”

Freedom Of Ecology Response…

Do you agree with the mashing and remixing of others works while respecting the creator? Why or why not?

It very interesting that many of us share the same idea on the mashing and remixing of others work, yet at the same time giving credit to the owner of that production.

Some beliefs were:

I agree because it gives a chance to connect with others.

Through mashing and remixing we are able to build onto and update the work  of another based upon modification.

In doing so there is the possibility of a better product emerging… However, we must acknowledge their efforts and respect intellectual property rights.

Everyone understood the point that Lawrence Lessig was trying to get the mass to understand. The belief that individuals using shared culture to communicate an audience and to mediate a relationship with each other. He quotes from a video by Julian Sanchez explaining what remix is about,

Remix isn’t just about an individual doing something alone in his basement, it becomes an active social community. It doesn’t yield a different kind of product in the end but it potentially changes the way we relate to each other.

The point of mashing and remixing isn’t about changing others work but rather is enhancing in a culture people can relate too.

Freedom of Ecology?

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In this video, Lawrence Lessig tries to educate us on the importances and values of building the freedom of limited regulations as well as respecting the creators of many social medias. Lawrence stresses the fact that today many restrictions has been imposed on videos/comments that have been written by people and than been altered or “mashed” by others. He calls this ecology which is respect between two cultures and in this case between the culture of sharing and commercial. He believes that we need the freedom to have commercials and the oppurtunity to build this by using works of others. By this we create two things :

You can listen to Lessig describe this here.

1. Individuals using shared culture to communicate to an audience.

2. Social  remix is used to mediate  relationships with each other

Another Example here: Walt Disney was known for his works that were also built from past experiences or ideas. All of his great works were things that were in the domain that he “remixed and mashed up” to come up with this add on remix of creativity.  He is known as a remix extraordinaire who was attacked by the law “Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act”.

Another famous remixer who created Star Wars, created a website to invite people to use their creativity to produce a new generation of attention towards this extraordinary icon.

In conclusion the key is that a Copyright policy is not just about how to incentivize the production of certain kind of artistic commodity, its is about what level of control we are going to permit exercised  over our social reality! If we expand one side then we limit which may be the more important side.

Basically he wants to educate the mass about how social medias have restricted and banned the essential part of our culture and that is the ability to take an individuals work and enhance it and remix it while giving respect to the creator as well as creating something better or different. This mash up he calls it ecology-the relationship between these two cultures that “conservatives” have limited and put many regulations on.

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Story View : Science Classroom #2

 

Assignment : Dig through Google Maps Street View to find an interesting setting for your story. Let your imagination go wild and tell the story of what occurred in that space. Relate that story to a specific time in Geological History, How did it occur? What are some hypothesis for this creation. What are some rocks that exist in that area, and what are some famous formations.

Rock Types Found on Main Trail

  • Igneous
    • None
  • Metamorphic
    • Dolomitic marble
    • Schistose marble
    • Gneiss
  • Sedimentary
    • None
Rock Units

  • Stockbridge marble
  • Basal Marble Member of Wallomsac Schist
Minerals of Interest

  • Garnets
Interesting Geologic Features

  • Waterfall
  • Potholes

The most obvious feature at Kent Falls is, of course, the falls. Actually, they are a series of falls and cascades. Multiple falls and cascades, such as these, generally form where the bedrock contains alternating hard and soft layers. This part of Connecticut was once made of coral reefs, offshore from the northwestern part of the state. As the Iapetos Ocean closed when Europe and Africa moved our way, these reefs were squeezed and buried under other rock. With increasing heat and pressure, the minerals in these rocks recrystallized, and the former coral reefs turned to marble. Sand and mud around the reefs formed the impurities in the marble that cause some layers to be more resistant to the effects of the flowing water.

Troll Quotes – Science Classroom #1

Assigment: Find an image of a well known figure, add to it a famous quote by someone related in some way to the figure in the image and then attribute the quote to a third, related figure. From the official site: How It Works 1) Get a picture of someone people idolize. Obi Wan Kenobi, Barack Obama, Captain Kirk — any beloved public figure will do. 2) Slap on a famous quotation from a similar character from a different book or movie. Pick something close enough that a non-fan might legitimately confuse them.

I took a picture of a famous scientist (Albert Einstein) and took a different quote from Isaac Newton and the I named it by another famous scientist Marie Curie. Obviously the picture is of a male and the name is a female name. This can be used in a science classroom where students can look up famous scientist and see what they did and instead of learning about just one particular scienctist they can learn about three in one assigment.

Albert Einstein–  Einstein completed his General Theory of Relativity and in 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics

Isaac Newton–  Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. Newton showed that the motions of objects on Earth and of celestial bodies are governed by the same set of natural laws, by demonstrating the consistency between Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and his theory of gravitation, thus removing the last doubts about heliocentrism and advancing the Scientific Revolution.

Marie Curie- Curie discovered the mysterious element radium. It opened the door to deep changes in the way scientists think about matter and energy. She also led the way to a new era for medical knowledge and the treatment of diseases.