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Behind the Scenes of The ds106 Daily Create

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by didbygraham Gearing up for a wave of new challenges starting in October, I am prepping to dial back my focus on ds106 and the web site. I am not disappearing, but it’s time to spread some energy elsewhere. Jim is teaching a new flavor of ds106 in the Fall and will be likely taking over the keys to the site. The Daily Create is a special obsession on it’s own. Tim Owens was the real engine in getting the site going in January 2012, and I took over when I arrived at UMW a few weeks later. At some point, because we were talking about doing a print calendar (oops, did I mention that? I never said anything about S-O-C-K-S) I ended up pre-populating Daily Creates from about June 2012 through the end of that year. I so enjoy coming […]

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Taking the Hunt for OER Reuse to the Waters

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Lope® Having stomped around the forest for almost a week and finding no stories of OER Reuse but whispers and a few broken limbs, I am going to aim my search at the waters. The photos ore just as blurry and the doubters and skeptics just as mocking. What little bits have come from the forest include: David Kernohan shared some JORUM User Stories and JISC Case Studies on OERs Lisa M Lane looked far and wide among her shared open content and found nary a nibble of reuse. Laura Gibbs shared a detailed summary of her practices of using/sharing open content Simon Thompson alluded to some direct evidence @cogdog how about the fact I used this: http://t.co/JgtVqvxmla as a basis for this: https://t.co/xLra9vvPkB — Simon Thomson (@digisim) July 21, 2014 Here’s the thing. These are all useful and appreciated […]

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It’s Not Amazing When the Web Forgets You

In prepping my recent call for OER Reuse Stories (which, ahem, I have collected a grand total of ZERO new ones) I was reviewing the original ones I collected the first time I did an Amazing Stories talk on 2009. By the way, that site still works despite using a defunct CoolIris embed. In going through my hard drive, I actually found a story I had recorded my self in 2009, about some things that happened some 10 years earlier. For some reason I never published the story. But as listened again, beyond cringing at watching myself on video (yes, all humans do that) the story seemed timely given the recent Reclaim Hackathon in LA. A true pioneer in web multimedia, a career at the peak in the late 1990s, dies before his time in 2001. By 2005 most of his work has vanished from the web, and by 2014, […]

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Stalking the Mythical OER Reuse: Seeking Non Blurry Videos

OERs. People build them. People house them in repositories. People do journal articles, conference presentations, research on them. I doubt never their existence. But the ultimate thing they are supposed to support, maybe their raison d’être– the re use by other educators, what do we have to show for that except whispered stories, innuendo, and blurry photos in the forest? I am on the case. Yes, I am looking for True Stories of OER Reuse. Big data, metrics, meta data, those are only like those casts of big feet. The only way to know of reuse is to tell it. So I am adding to my True Stories of Open Sharing a special wing to house True Stories of OER Reuse. I see two varieties of possible stories: You have created, shared an OER, and you have a story of how someone else has used it? YES, I would love […]

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Google Licensed For Reuse Image Search: Not All is As it Seems

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by capitphil I am searching for images almost every day for blog posts, media projects; always seeking the ones licensed for re-use. I spent some time recently building a Mozilla Teaching Kit for this practice. My go to tool is usually Compfight to search the creative commons licensed images from flickr, but I am also reaching into the ones Google Images claims are licensed for reuse. I even made a little browser quick search so I can do it in one motion. Most of the results come from places that clearly provide open licensing options- flickr, Wikimedia Commons, Deviant Art, pixabay. But I am suspicious all is not kosher in the results. Today I was looking for an image used in my last post to represent “feeding the machine” – in my mind I imagined an image of someone shoveling coal […]

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Like a Leatherman for Your WordPress Blog

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by brian.ch I have a tool… well it might not be quite as good as a Leatherman, but I use it almost every day to search my blog. And I built it 9 years ago. If you cannot wade through my story just go there. But this is a case where conceptual understanding, and not dutiful “all I will do is click buttons” mindset comes in handy. It came from knowing how to read URLs. If you ever search on a WordPress blog, you may notice a pattern in the results. The URL always look like http://somecoolblog.org/index.php?s=cotton+candy — it’s just the search terms, with “+” replacing ant spaces tacked on to the main URL as a parameter. So without even visiting his blog, I can run a search on Bavatuesdays like http://bavatuesdays.com/index.php?s=Alan+Levine+best+blog+ever just to see how much love Jim is giving […]

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10 Years, 38,000 Photos, 1 Explore

How about that, my very first photo goes into flickr Explore I’ve hung 38,000 photos in flickr since 2004, stayed with flickr, even defended it despite all of the Yahoo’d changes (though I did call them an ass). And not even for a photo I would call my best (I keep my favorites over at Barking Dog Studio)- it was actually done without much thought. After yesterday’s mid afternoon rain, at dusk I was relaxing on the porch and noticed some nifty pink cloud patterns. I snapped two images with my iPhone (locking the exposure on the orange part of the sky). The photo was ok, but it really popped alive when I opened it in the Snapseed app and applied the HDR effect (and probably a bit of contrast and saturation boost). I do like the effect, it brought almost a tube like line of color almost flowing between […]

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Image Bending in Audacity

Trippy. The frames of this gif (image data) were edited in audio editing software. It’s in the realm of glitch art as the effects created are largely unpredictable. It’s a matter of saving an image in an uncompressed format, importing into Audacity, applying an effect or two, and exporting back again. I saw a link to it via a retweet by Hilary Mason What happens when you use audio effects on images? http://t.co/LcxCGPrW14 — Brett Camper (@professorlemeza) July 13, 2014 Brett Camper’s post on Data Bending With Audacity has a long list of examples. I was able to do it with both this post and a prior one by Antonio Roberts. I started with a JPG of a photo rummaging around my desktop pictures, a photo of a cholla cactus I took maybe 10 years ago: In Photoshop, I resized it to 800x600px and then exported it as a TIF […]

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The Day I Cried in a Canyon

A tweet from someone (sorry there goes my weak citation) led my to Mike Wesch’s Learning Worth Crying About: For those of you who watched my most recent talk, Learning as soul-making, you know that I have become interested in moments of profound transformation and growth among students that I call “Learning worth crying about.” I came to this interest in the pursuit of a question that most of us professors care about, “How can I teach critical thinking?” And after realizing after some time that it is not so easily taught, I focused on how it might be learned. And after realizing it is not just an “it” to learn but a process to be practiced I focused on creating problems and projects through which it could be practiced. And then after realizing that it was not just a process but a complete change of being I started diving […]

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13 Years MC Fudge

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog She was perhaps the dog I’ve lived with who had the best disposition. My ex got a dog for her kids before I moved in; Fusge came from the pound, a chocolate lab / doberman mix. I think the kids tacked on the “MC” in front of her intended name (for her obvious colors). Thanks to the bits of my Mom’s annual calendar that are now my Google calendar, I get a reminder that she passed away this day in 2001. I remember taking Fudge on runs (me on a bicycle) so she would not be so energetic for a kids sleepover. I remember camping in the woods up here not too far from where I live now. I remember her being a good companion to Dominoe when I moved in. I remember her once eating a whole bowl […]

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