03.22.07

Cores 1-2:

  1. Mini-debate on the ethics and importance of mashing-up and remixing ideas and content.
  2. Citing the research from yesterday, write out your proposal for what kind of remixing and mashing-up should be allowed with our content. Be sure to mention all different types of media (text, music, video, online content, etc.). Create symbols for all of us to follow.

Core 3:

  1. Write-On: What does it mean to be a have or a have-not?
  2. Imagine I gave half of the class $100 dollars a week as an allowance and I gave nothing to the rest of the class. What do you think would start to happen? What would happen over time?
  3. How does money alone shift the focus on what is important in life?

Core 4:

  1. Learn about the Utopia Wiki.
  2. Create Wikispaces Accounts and copy over the template parts that you want to work on first.

03.21.07

Cores 1-2:

  1. Read the Remix Culture articles:
  2. Debate the merits of Mashups and Remixes as art forms and workable solutions in pro- and anti- groups.

Core 3:

  1. Fill out the Outsiders Anticipation Guide.
  2. Discuss personal connections to the themes of the novel.
  3. What do you know about the 50’s?

Core 4:

  1. Do you think that authors paint a realistic vision of the future? One they would like to see happen? Or, one they would never like to see happen? Why?
  2. Which of the following have come to pass, and which of the following will/should never come to pass?
    • Looking Backward:
      • People taking one year off to serve one another before they get their real jobs.
      • Having a solution for shopping: Checking things off of a list and having them delivered to you immediately.
    • 1984:
      • A government that wants us to fear one another.
      • A “Big Brother” that is always watching you.
      • Mind control through the use of language.
      • Power concentrated in the hands of only a few people.
    • Brave New World:
      • Genetically Engineering Human Beings
      • Strict Classes of people based upon intelligence capacity.
      • Compulsory (you have to do it) contreception
    • Player Piano:
      • The automation of nearly every job so that there is very little left for humans to do.
    • The Giver:
      • Centrally stored memories.
      • A closed off society.
    • Fahrenheit 451:
      • Extreme censorship.
    • We:
      • The importance of logic above all else.
    • Utopia:
      • Each Man or Woman working for only what they need.
      • Devaluing money (money and gold mean nothing to these people).
      • Paying other people to fight wars for you.
    • Lord of the Flies:
      • A life without supervision.
    • Anthem:
      • A complete dependence on Group-Thinking.
      • True equality for all citizens (without the handicapping of Harrison Bergeron).
  3. Debate the merits of each theme from the ten books mentioned.

03.19.07

Cores 1-4:

  • Check in on Weekly Authentic Blog Posts.

Cores 1-2:

This week you will be constructing your own position paper on who gets to own ideas. You are going to create a solution for our own projects (utopias and -Isms) that will allow some intellectual rights to be preserved in a traditional sense (no one can copy your ideas), and other rights to be changed to allow remix culture to take over (people can work with your premises to create something new). In order to start this writing piece off right, I would like you to do a little bit of internal research to see what you know and think about copyrighting ideas. Create the following diagram on a piece of paper to show your opinions of what should and should not be allowed of the following remixing or mashup situations:

Isn’t Illegal            Is Illegal

Should be Illegal

Shouldn’t be Illegal

  1. Creating a collage using a famous piece of art and some of your own drawings.
  2. Hacking someone’s computer game and making it better then selling it.
  3. Taking someone’s direct quote from a book without citing it.
  4. Taking someone’s ideas from a book and listing them as one of your biggest influences in the bio.
  5. Using two pieces of different music to make a new one.
  6. Creating a replica of a building in Google Sketch-up.
  7. Creating a parody of the latest blockbuster film and putting it up on YouTube.
  8. Typing out a chapter of someone’s book and putting links to pictures of all of the places it mentions.
  9. Taking the beat or melody of a famous song and looping it to create something new to sing or rap over, without asking for permission to use the sample.
  10. Using a well known movie clip, and dubbing you and your friends making up funny, rude comments over top of it so that it looks like they are saying what you want them to.

Discuss each situation.

Lets take a look at a few definitions and real life situation. 

Core 3:

  1. Discuss Digital Educator Technology Toolkit proposals.
  2. What does it mean to be an outsider?
    1. Who are the insiders?
    2. What kind of outsider are you?
    3. Why do we identify more with outsiders?

Core 4:

  1. Discuss Digital Eucator Technology Toolkit proposals.
  2. Where is the best place to get ideas for our Utopias?
  3. Go through the process of selecting a Utopian/Dystopian novel that you think will have a great effect on your Utopian ideas.

03.15.07

I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there to help you out in person (especially because I love teaching on my birthday), but I did want to tell you how to post from writetomyblog.com:

  •  Click on Manage Posts
  • Choose WordPress (not WordPress.com) as your Blog Service.
  • Enter in your blog web address with “xmlrpc.php” at the end:
    • Example: http://bhwilkoff.learnerblogs.org/xmlrpc.php
  • Enter your Username and Password that gives this site temporary access to your blog.
  • Click Manage Posts
  • Choose your blog and Click Manage Posts again

From here you can either decide to edit one of your posts, or you can click close and write a new post.

  • You can then click publish in order to send whatever you have typed to your blog.
  • It will ask you if you want to publish it to the same blog that you set up before. Click publish again.
  • You can then categorize it if you want or just click publish for a third time.

You have done it! Pat yourself on the back.

03.14.07

Cores 1-2:

  1. Discuss-on: What is Remix Culture?
  2. Watch the Remix Culture in Generation Y video and discuss:
    • What is okay to copy?
    • What isn’t?
    • What is a remix?
    • What is a parody?
    • Who owns an idea?

Cores 3-4:

  • I have just been selected to be a part of the Digital Educator program for 2007-2010. What this means is that I will mentoring other teachers in the the use of technology in classroom. Right up my alley, wouldn’t you say?
    • The best part, though, is that I get to build a technology toolkit to use in my classroom, and they have given me some really tempting choices. I would like you to help me to pick out what I should get because you are going to be using this stuff too.
    • The toolkit is based on a point system (1 point=about $100). I have 30 points to play with, but I have to get a 13 point laptop, so really I only have 17 points to work with. Please select the items accordingly and give a compelling reason for each choice. Write down what you want to use this item for next year. I will select from your proposals, and hopefully you will have had the best reasons for your choices. Time to check out the great stuff we can have.

03.12.07

Cores 1-4:

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  1. I saw this online yesterday and I knew that I just had to play it for you. This is an example of just how ineffective your words can be when you don’t take the time to choose them wisely. This piece really makes me feel bad for the girl who wrote it. The “former boyfriend” obviously thought it was funny rather than serious, the exact opposite of its intent. I feel so bad, in fact, that I think we should help her out. I would like to have you rewrite this letter with the intent that it originally had and then give a dramatic reading of a great breakup letter. You may either keep the same words and just make them grammatically correct, or you may keep the sentiment and change the words. Either way, I would like you to make this breakup letter readable.
  2. Show and tell what I did during CSAP.

03.05.07

Cores 1-4:

  1. Write-on: What parts of the song, “It’s not on the test,” do you find to be most true in your test taking experience?
  2. What does it mean to be prepared for CSAP in reading and writing? Are you?

Cores 1+2:

  1. Write out a playbook for CSAP this year using things that you “practiced” in class.

Core 3:

  1. Although digital storytelling is not on the CSAP (yet), the concepts that you did your digital stories on are.
  2. Be amazed at the learning that happened and review for CSAP using our Digital Stories:
  3. Reflect on the process of telling digital stories: What did you learn? What should we do differently the next time?

Core 4:

  1. Where is the best place to get ideas for our Utopias?
  2. Go through the process of selecting a Utopian/Dystopian novel that you think will have a great effect on your Utopian ideas.

03.01.07

 Cores 1-4:

  • Collect any Personal Curriculum or AR Partner Points Passes.

Core 1:

  1. Go over vocabulary book exercises.
  2. Take quiz over chapter 10.
  3. How can a flat classroom help us to create a utopia?

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: Do moral imperatives exist? (Are there things that must be stopped because they are morally wrong? Or, does each individual’s morality dictate that there is nothing other than murder that should be stopped?)
  2. How can abolitionism not be seen as a moral imperative?
  3. Finish your Weekly Authentic Posts for Sem2_Week8 and put them on del.icio.us.

Core 3:

  1. Finalize your Digital Stories and get them in a presentable form. (If you cannot do this, please meet with me.)
  2. Turn in your storyboard with your name and the name of the movie/bubblr that you want me to watch.

Core 4:

  1. What can you do with a wiki that could help us to create a web of utopias?
  2. Watch “The Machine is Us/ing Us.”
  3. How can digital text help us to flesh out our ideas of utopia?