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Tuesday, July 3

  1. page Examples of Freemium edited ... Prezi Prezi, "The Zooming Presentation Editor," allows the user to create presentat…
    Prezi, "The Zooming Presentation Editor," allows the user to create presentations that are not linear. With Prezi, the user creates apresentation on a canvas instead of slides. During the presentation, the user can zoom in to highlight specific details or zoom out for the entire picture. Prezi presentations can be created online and then downloaded so that an internet connection is not necessary to present them. Prezi offers 5 types of user accounts: Public, Enjoy, Edu Enjoy, Pro, and Edu Pro. The Public account is free and features 100 MB of storage space. The Enjoy and Edu Enjoy accounts both offer 500 MB of storage space, however Enjoy costs $59 per year. Edu Enjoy is free, but is only available to those with "valid educational credentials." The Pro and Edu Pro accounts offer 2 GB of storage space. Pro costs $159 and Edu Pro costs $59 per year, but is only available to those with "valid educational credentials." Presentations created with either of the educational accounts will load with the message "only for educational use."
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    Presentation Sharing
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  2. page Examples of Freemium edited ... {wiggio.jpg} Wiggio As of July 4, 2010 Wiggio is a completely free platform for users to work…
    {wiggio.jpg} Wiggio
    As of July 4, 2010 Wiggio is a completely free platform for users to work in groups. Specifically users can send mass messaging (emails, text messages, voicemails), schedule events/activities, share files and edit collaboratively, take part in polling, conference calling, video conferencing, and project management. They plan to move to a freemium model that includes sponsored links and premium features
    Wiggio Tutorial
    Google Apps
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  3. page Examples of Freeware edited ... {coaster.png} Coaster Creator This free online game, featured on Curriki, allows the user to …
    {coaster.png} Coaster Creator
    This free online game, featured on Curriki, allows the user to build a roller coaster while exploring kinetic and potential energy. The Curriki website for Coaster Creator provides teachers with a website where worksheets geared to supplement the activity can be printed. The website also features a tutorial discussing what roller coasters have to do with kinetic and potential energy. This tutorial can be downloaded.
    How to Use Coaster Creator in the Classroom
    Math test resource without games, ads or fees. Teachers can use it with their classes. Multiple choice tests and math tests can be administered to students. Grades can be immediately reported to the students. Teachers receive test results, including grades and wrong answers.
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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.
    Learning educational videos for K-12 embedded from sources like YouTube and Metacafe. Especially valuable for educators who have blocks on YouTube. Also includes lessons, quizzes, puzzles and interactive whiteboard resources for different subject areas.
    General Examples of Freeware
    {} OperaOpera Offered free
    Nestopia is a Nintendo NES emulator for Mac OS X. Nestopia is by far the most compatible of any NES emulator for Mac OS X. Using cycle-exact emulation, it is able to run titles that rely on precise timing, and which therefore break under other emulators. It supports five extra sound chips and an astonishing 143 mappers.
    {} KegaKega Fusion
    Kega Fusion is a multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake and supporting most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis, Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Kega Fusion is based on the earlier Kega emulator and its successor Kega Lazarus, both of which have been discontinued.
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  4. page What Does Free Mean? edited ... Different Versions of Free Economy The first type of free economy is one where users freely s…
    Different Versions of Free Economy
    The first type of free economy is one where users freely share and collaborate. In this type of open economy, money is not involved. The Free Software Movement and the Free Culture Movement are proponents of economies where there is sharing of open resources. On the opposite side to an economy where the focus is not monetary is an economy that is exchange of some kind of goods/service for money. As mentioned above under Free as a Marketing tool, these economies may allow a certain amount of free to be given away, but the end goal is to make money. Media Futurist Gerd Leonhard talks about different types of free and mainly refers to the cost. For him one type of free is defined by a condition where no one pays, another type called "Feels like Free" means that the payment is bundled or hidden. He sees low tiered users of so called freemium ( free at introductory level, pay for premium service) getting real value because a smaller group of others pay for the premium. His last version of free is where "3rd Party Pays." In this version the users pay no monetary cost because someone else wants access to their user data.( )
    Media Futurist Gerd Leonhard Discusses the Free Economy
    Chris Anderson Discusses History of Free
    Upsides and Downsides of Free and Open
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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…

    Video that 6074 million have
    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…
    "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." According to, "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)
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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…
    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.
    Open Textbooks Initiatives
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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
    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.
    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