Wednesday, June 16, 2010

RWLD #8: Copyright, Creative Commons, Atomic Learning and Guests

Copyright/Creative Commons
We began a good discussion about Copyright and Creative Commons. You MUST be knowledgeable about these topics if you are going to lead your schools down the right track. Here are some resources:
Atomic LearningAtomic Learning was originally a wonderful tutorial site for learning how to use software. Since then, it has expanded to include a number of educational topic like teaching strategies.
Iowa PK-12 students and teachers have access to Atomic Learning through the state licenses that our Statewide Area Education Agencies. You need to access the site through
You will need a user name and password to access this.

Remember that you will be using Atomic Learning to teach yourself iMovie 9 in class.  It will be a little different to experience using these tutorials to learn the software instead of having someone teach it to you.  Imagine empowering your students by trusting them to teach themselves in the same manner.

The Iowa AEA Online site has all of the resources listed in the tap displayed here on the right. Some of the resources (e.g., iClipArt) can be used by your students for in-class and on-line activities. The DE (Discovery Education) Streaming service has a plethora of videos in science, social studies and other topics. Some of them can even be edited and used in student projects.
The important thing is to know that the copyright restrictions are not the same in each of the services and you should review each of them separately and follow the rules accordingly.

Julie Lindsay

Julie founded the Flat Classroom project along with Vicki Davis in 2007.

Julie's Blog

Flat Classroom Ning - Central meeting place for Flat Classroom participants.

Flat Classroom Wiki - 
The interactive site where students, teachers and organizers communicate and actually get involved in the various projects that are part of the Flat Classroom Project. 

Flat Classroom Conference in Dubai, 2009

Angela Maiers
Angela is a vibrant professional who works with schools worldwide. She has been in education for 20 years and is known as a writer, lecturer and teacher.  

Recently, her passion has been writing a book about Teaching to Students' Passions. This book has yet to be released but I look forward having the opportunity to read it.

As some of your groups have been working on your final projects, you have been trying to design your projects so that they address your "students' passions." Until the book is available, we will have to hear what Angela has to say through Skype. She should meet with us on Thursday afternoon.

Bloom's Taxonomy
An important aspect of designing learning environments involves evaluating the level of complexity of the tasks involved. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues developed a hierarchy of questioning complexity, Bloom's Taxonomy. 

In the mid 90s, Lorin Anderson revised the taxonomy to what is shown on the left.  

A more complete comparison of the two versions  by Overbaugh and Shultz can be found at Bloom's Taxonomy.


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