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Tuesday, March 26

  1. page home edited ... Video that 60 74 million have Web 2.0, and its culture of collaboration and sharing, ha…

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    Web 2.0, and its culture of collaboration and sharing, has given rise to a new group of students. No longer just consumers of culture, they are producers of culture. Born into a digital era where everything is social, everything is available, and everything can be shared, they often come into today’s classrooms and experience a kind of culture shock. They find classrooms that look not unlike those of their parents’ time. More underfunded than ever, schools struggle to meet the needs of students and teachers. What is the answer? One answer might well be to look into the culture of sharing and collaboration that is all around, look for what is free or almost free, look to the same place that students are to engage them with the tools of their trade.
    Ideological, technological, and economical forces have converged to make the Internet a virtual goldmine of seemingly limitless, authentic, and relevant resources free for the taking. Free resources provide tremendous opportunities for educators and educational institutions. Yet, all free resources are not the same nor is the definition of free as straightforward as it might appear. While most tend to think of free as “without cost” (gratis), others believe passionately in the unencumbered right to free (as in liberated) knowledge. Educators and scholars through the ages have fought to keep cultural knowledge and information free.
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  2. page Open Source and Free Software edited ... "The word "free" in our name does not refer to price; it refers to freedom. Fir…
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    "The word "free" in our name does not refer to price; it refers to freedom. First, the freedom to copy a program and redistribute it to your neighbors, so that they can use it as well as you. Second, the freedom to change a program, so that you can control it instead of it controlling you; for this, the source code must be made available to you." http://www.gnu.org/bulletins/bull1.txt According to Slackbox.org, "The Free Software Foundation uses a specific license and provides software under that license. The Open Source Initiative seeks support for all open source licenses, including the one from the Free Software Foundation. The grounds on which each argues for making source code freely available sometimes divides the two movements, but the fact that two ideologically diverse groups are working toward the same goal lends credence to the efforts of each."
    The basic difference between the two groups boils down to philosophy. Where the Free Software Movement is against the use of any proprietary software, the Open Source Initiative is willing to allow the open products created to work with proprietary software.
    For a good Guide on OER, see SIIA's Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K12 and Post Secondary Education ( PDF download)
    Next up: Free Software Movement
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Monday, November 5

  1. page Open Text Books edited ... Cash-strapped schools and students are having a difficult time paying the high cost of textboo…
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    Cash-strapped schools and students are having a difficult time paying the high cost of textbooks. Many times students go without a required textbook while valuable open information is available online. Students often complain that they are required to buy an expensive textbook and then the book is seldom referred to. More and more teachers are trying to find ways to either lower the costs or eliminate costs altogether by posting open materials. As publishers scramble to maintain markets, they offer lower cost digital versions of their books and some now allow teachers to customize those textbooks. Digital versions allow students to lease the online materials for a certain amount of time. What that means is that only a few years later students will have nothing to show for the money they spent on that information. A Gates Foundation study "With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them" reports that the high cost of textbooks and materials is one of the reasons students drop out of college or decide not to go at all.
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    smaller proportion chooseschoose the premium printed alternative. However, as of January 2013 the company will no longer offer free content. The company has recently explored MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses) (See Nov 3, 2012 Chronicle of Higher Ed article)
    OpenStax College
    OpenStax College a non profit organization committed to improving access to education.The organization is an inititive of Rice University. They offer students free textbooks for a number of university level courses that are peer-reviewed and written by professional content developers. Textbook can be printed for a low cost. As of Novmeber 2012, they have the following textbooks: Physics, Sociology, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

    CK-12 is a non-profit organization whose aim is to provide online up-to-date, standards-aligned textbook content free to K-12 students in the U.S. and around the world. Their online system is designed to be collaborative. Content is customized and educators can self-publish the books known as Flexbooks. Their online books can be made up of content available from the company as well as from Wikipedia. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is a member of the advisory board. Currently they offer a number of math and science texts which include basic and advanced calculus, trigonometry, geometry biology, earth sciences, life science, and chemistry. Wikibooks also offers over 2400 open-content textbooks that can be editable by anyone.
    For a registry of learning modules and textbooks that can be accessed, reused and distributed see Open Text Book run by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The site is participatory and is seeking more textbooks and materials for inclusion. The Open Knowledge Foundation is a collaborative effort who promotes open knowledge. Their main principles include
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    No restriction of the above based on who someone is (e.g. their nationality) or their field of endeavour (e.g. commercial or non-commercial)
    Projects underdevelopment include CKAN- the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network, a catalogue of knowledge resources; Open Shakespeare- the complete works of Shakespeare with notes and tools, Knowledge Forge that provides tools to work on open knowledge projects; and Public Domain Works that is a registry for artistic work in the public domain -includes mostly books and sound recordings.
    Schools and Open Textbook Initiatives
    BC Open Textbook Initiative
    In October 2012, BC provincial government announced that they will fund an Open textbook project that includes creating textbooks for 40 higher education courses. The textbooks will be created or recreated from existing open educational resources. Coordinating the project is BCCampus who has already begun a pilot project.
    http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/10/bc-to-lead-canada-in-offering-students-free-open-textbooks.html
    Utah Open Textbook Project- 10 High School science teachers are adapting CK-12 materials. Printed versions of texts will be used by some and online will be used for others. Cost of printing a text is about $5.
    Open High School of Utah mandated use of OER. (400 students in grades 9-12).
    Project Kaleidoscope a consortium of eight community colleges and four-year schools from California to New York

    Next up: Crowdsourcing
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Monday, March 28

Wednesday, September 8

  1. page Evaluation Criteria and Template for Free Software edited ... Functionality The first question the software decision maker needs to answer is does the prod…
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    The first question the software decision maker needs to answer is does the product do what he/she needs it to do. Not only does this involve the capabilities of the product itself, but as per Wheeler (2010) “you should consider how it integrates and is compatible with existing components…If there are relevant standards…does this program support them?...You should also consider what hardware, operating systems and related programs it requires.”
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Friday, August 27

  1. page Evaluation Criteria and Template for Free Software edited ... Functionality The first question the software decision maker needs to answer is does the prod…
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    The first question the software decision maker needs to answer is does the product do what he/she needs it to do. Not only does this involve the capabilities of the product itself, but as per Wheeler (2010) “you should consider how it integrates and is compatible with existing components…If there are relevant standards…does this program support them?...You should also consider what hardware, operating systems and related programs it requires.”
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    Free does not necessarily mean simple and often it is not, either from a system support or an end user perspective. Are user interfaces and functionality intuitive? Will the software run on a proprietary server or a client device? Does the system need to be maintained and supported by technologists in order for users to access it, or is it downloadable and production ready? What is the risk to the user or organization if the software doesn’t perform as expected? What is the risk to the user if the data base is corrupted?
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Wednesday, August 18

  1. page Examples of Freeware edited ... FollowMovie is freeware to improve foreign language skills using movies. Users can turn their …
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    FollowMovie is freeware to improve foreign language skills using movies. Users can turn their favorite movies into learning materials. Highlight features include: study dialogue by dialogue; assign each dialogue a difficulty level, which can be used to skip easy lines, put emphasis on difficult ones; create MP3 file, users can study on the go; see both target and native language subtitles simultaneously.
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    Dicter - Google translate client - One click translation from / into 42 languages. Just select the text and press Ctrl + Alt key combination to get translation in a pop-up window. Language autodetection, 1 Mb installation package and great translation from the best translation service - Google Translate. See the warning above for Google Translate.
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