Copyright – a Different Understanding – Kirby Ferguson

I find Kirby Ferguson’s insight make total sense.

For more complete (and very enjoyable) explanations, I recommend –



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How the Web, and Credit Cards, Spy on You

Are you paranoid about how much Facebook and Google know about you? To find out if you should be, and to find out what your credit cards know about you, I highly recommend Terry O’Reilly’s podcast on Hyper-Targeting – http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/undertheinfluence_20120428_91870.mp3

With his typical entertaining presentation and deep research, O’Reilly describes how today’s advertisers know what we want and might buy – in immediate and great detail.

I first heard this podcast riding into the city from the suburbs,

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Avoiding Learning Management Systems

I teach a couple of university courses in communications, and I don’t like to use Learning Management Systems (LMS). They are handy, but I think, especially for communications courses, students need to be learning the possibilities of the web and how to use them for their own purposes.

Now, when I want to give students feedback and marks privately, I want to demonstrate how we can do that outside of using LMSs. So I listen to their assignments (MP3s of brief podcasts posted on blogs on the open web) and I make notes about their strengths and weaknesses.

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BYOD – Students’ Own Devices

I did something in class yesterday that I’ve never done before, in over 40 years of teaching. I asked students to get into groups of three (done that before) and then asked them to use one of the three’s device to look at a blog post and listen to a podcast. I’ve never been able to do a internet-connected small group exercise in class before, except in computer labs. This was an ordinary classroom. What’s new is the tipping point we’ve just gone over.

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Th Movie and Music Industries are Hypocrites With SOPA and C-11

I’ve just come across a site about remixing with three superb videos. They are interesting and entertaining, and don’t end when they appear to be concluding, as you can see from the screenshot below.

I strongly recommend http://mediaatbrooks.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/open-content-and-is-everything-a-remix/ and here’s the first video:

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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