Mashup Edu: Research on K-12 New Media Literacy

I am pleased to announce that the book chapter that I co-authored with Dr. Mercedes Fisher, "Pedagogical Mashup: Gen Y, Social Media, and Digital Learning Styles," has officially been accepted for publication in the Handbook of Research on New Media Literacy at the K-12 Level: Issues and Challenges, to be published by IGI Global is now officially available!

Dr. Fisher and I wish to thank the co-editor of the book, Professor Subramaniam at the National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, for his hard work and direction during the writing and peer-review process.

In addition, we appreciate all the members of the peer-review committee for their feedback, suggestions and collaboration on this chapter. It's been a wonderful experience to work with members of the international education technology/media community.

We've saved the links for all the resources and references cited in the book chapter over on the social bookmarking tool delicious, which you can find here:

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K12 Open Minds Conference

If you have an interest in Open Source Software and its benefits for K-12 schools, I hope you will consider attending and/or presenting at the 2008 K12 Open Minds Conference, September 25-27, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to talk with teachers, administrators and technology staff from around the U.S. and the world. Here are some important links:

The conference expects more than 600 attendees, from the US, Europe, Asia and North and South America. Dozens of sessions that address teaching and learning, leadership and policy, and technology and infrastructure issues related to open technologies make this conference a "must attend" event.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Donna Benjamin - Executive Director of Creative Contingencies and board member of Open Source Industry Australia;
  • Alex Inman -- Director of Technology at Whitfield School, St. Louis, MO - an Essential School using open source;
  • Dr. David Thornburg - Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center and author of several books including, When the Best is Free.

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DailyLit: Take a Bite Into Shakespeare

DailyLit is a cool web tool that breaks up books into chunks and sends them to you on a daily basis via email or a RSS feed. They have a wide variety of titles and currently offer over 750 books. There are both free and fee-based subscriptions available.

In addition, they recently added Wikipedia to the content mix. These new "Wikipedia Tours" will provide subscribers with a tour of a Wikipedia topic.

Finally, they have a Forum where you can, in true Oprah fashion, discuss a book with other bibliophiles. This might be the perfect way for Gen Y to squeeze some Faulkner, Cather, or a Wikipedia Tour of Greek Mythology into that Sidekick or iPhone.

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Yale University: Embracing Open Education

Yale University has joined the OpenCourseWare (OCW) movement and is now offering free courses through Open Yale Courses that anyone in the world is free to participate.

Seven departments (astronomy, English, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religious studies) at Yale are among the first at the university to offer classes via the Open Yale Courses program.

The Open Yale site describes the program as follows:

"Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Open Yale Courses reflects the values of a liberal arts education. Yale's philosophy of teaching and learning begins with the aim of training a broadly based, highly disciplined intellect without specifying in advance how that intellect will be used.

This approach goes beyond the acquisition of facts and concepts to cultivate skills and habits of rigorous, independent thought: the ability to analyze, to ask the next question, and to begin the search for an answer.

We hope these courses will be a resource for critical thinking, creative imagination, and intellectual exploration."

The Open Yale Courses have been funded and supported through grants from the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation, as well as the Yale Center for Media and Instruction. Open Yale Courses have also integrated Creative Commons licensing into their course materials.

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LearnHub & Creative Commons

Last week Creative Commons announced that LearnHub, the online social network for educators, is integrating CC Licensing into their platform. This is a win-win for both educators and students.

This a huge step in the right direction and I hope that other education 2.0 sites will also integrate Creative Commons into their products as well.

Congrats to John Green at LearnHub and the Creative Commons team on this new partnership.

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Open Publishing: Penguin, Oprah & Suze

In a move that could be a boon to the OER movement, Penguin Books (a division of the UK based publishing behemoth Pearson) announced this week that it was preparing to "offer audiobooks that are free of digital copyright protection technology, which will allow buyers to play them on any digital device [link]."

While all the details (such as pricing, DRM or no DRM?) have yet to be disclosed, this is definitely a step in the right direction. It's good to see a Media 1.0 company such as Pearson leading the way and testing uncharted waters.

In a similar move, the US-based publisher Random House recently partnered with Oprah Winfrey to offer a free download of financial guru Suze Orman's bestselling book Women and Money.

In all, over 1.1 million people downloaded a copy of the free book from Oprah Winfrey's website. One unexpected outcome was that, despite the free download, the print version of the book shot up to the number 6 spot on's best seller list.

Times, they are a changing. And it's good to see the ideas behind the Web 2.0 movement making inroads into other industries.

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Encyclopedia of Life

Released last week to much fanfare, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a "comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing...ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world."

While anyone will be able to contribute and share their knowledge with the EOL community, each species has it's own "curator" (knowledge expert or authenticator) who will validate the information contained on that species page. Most of the content in the EOL is available for re-use under a Creative Commons license.

The EOL is an incredible resource for students, teachers and educators. You can join the EOL project by volunteering to be a species curator, contributing species-related content (photos, drawings, text, video, etc.), or supporting the EOL as a financial contributor.

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LearnHub Beta

Learnhub_logo_240x116 Today I received an email from Adam Kosh from the Savvica team regarding a new service they are developing called LearnHub. Savvica are the same folks who developed Nuvvo (the uber cool online course development tool).

Currently LearnHub is in closed beta, but you can go here to sign up for an invite. Adam included some screen shots and it looks like a promising platform for educators to harness the power of social media.

From what I can tell, LearnHub is sorta, kinda a mashup of Ning, LJ, and LinkedIn. Overall it looks promising and I'm anxious to see how it unfolds.

Good work Savvica!

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Digital Inclusion: Content, Community and Technology

Didactics World, December 2006
Derek E. Baird, M.A.

"Despite enormous strides towards digital inclusion, technology is only part of the solution. Another vital component of the digital divide that gets less attention, but is nearly as important is lack of quality, free, and open content on the web.

The key aim of the open learning movement is to have quality educational content available for students once they cross the digital divide."

European Open Library

The European Library is non-commercial portal site. This free service of Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) gives access to the resources of Europe's national libraries.

Resources can be both digital or bibliographical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.).

Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe. The amount of referenced digital collections is constantly increasing. Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 47 collaborating national libraries of Europe.

The European Digital Library - encompassing not only libraries, but also museums, archives and other cultural institutions - will be built upon The European Library.

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NSDL 2007: Content Cookoff

On November 6th I'll be attending the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. where I'll be on a panel discussing educational user generated content and online community. I'll also be sharing Yahoo! For Teachers and the Gobbler with the NSDL membership.

If you haven't already, check out all the great science resources that the NSDL has collected in their repository.

One of the really cool things about this "Content Cook-off" conference session is that everyone on the panel gets to work with a local teacher who will build a project using the tool that each of us are presenting.

I love when we're able to put all this digital pedagogy and web 2.0 theory into an authentic classroom experience. I'm looking forward to attending the conference and meeting with science educators from around the country. It should be a good time.

If you're in town, come by and join us. But if you can't join us, don't worry, I'll be blogging and Twittering my way through the conference so I can share all the cool things I learn about at the NSDL Conference.

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Mashup Edu: A New Digital Pedagogy

Dr. Mercedes Fisher and I just finished a new book chapter titled "Pedagogical Mashup: Social Media, Gen Y and Digital Learning Styles" that will be published early next year. I'll have more details in a future post, but in the meantime I wanted to share the bounty of resources we culled together for the article.

We've saved the links for all the resources and references cited in the book chapter over on the social bookmarking tool, which you can find here:

If you have any questions, or know of a great Education 2.0 resource that we should include, let us know!

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Survey: eScience for Learning

The e-Science Usability project based at Sussex University is working with science teachers and learners to create a usable and reusable toolkit that makes it easier to create and engage in science learning experiences e.g. communicating and collaboration with external partners.

They are conducting an online survey of science teachers' views and are interested in hearing from you and your colleagues.  The survey  includes an option to sign up to stay in contact with the e-Science  project.

If you teach science and are interested in participating,  please visit the link below: