Posts Tagged ‘Open Content’

Participatory media as part of digital literacy

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Howard Rheingold has created a wiki for Participatory Media Literacy.

“Teaching young people how to use digital media to convey their public voices could link youthful interest in identity exploration and social interaction with direct experiences of civic engagement. Learning to use blogs, wikis, podcasts, and digital video as media of self-expression, with an emphasis on “public voice”, should be considered a pillar – not just a component – of 21st century civic curriculum”

I agree. A wiki for coming up with ideas on what such a curriculum could include is welcome. Some content that doesn’t fit the wiki format could perhaps be entered into LeMill?

I’m not sure if we need a separate curriculum for this, though. Maybe we just need to embed participatory media as a major part of all learning by introducing the tools and methods from the bottom-up. A lot of social tools are used in the spectrum of informal learning – major part (70-80% according to several different studies) of learning is informal. Is a top-down curriculum really necessary?

Integrating human and the machine

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

On tuesday I was at Media Lab, University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH) giving a presentation entitled “Social Software – Integrating Human and the Machine” on a course run by my friend Teemu Leinonen. It’s a very beginner friendly introduction to concepts around the changes that are driving the human in the machine. So if you are very deeply into Web 2.0 and social software, then there might not be much new for you but for the rest it’s quite accessible, although my friend Gerrit Visser told me he thinks it’s also useful for people who have their hands deep into this stuff.

I recorded the audio of my talk. It’s quite long and the best stuff starts around the middle. I added the lenghty discussion about mobile services related to social software in its own podcast, as the audio quality is not very good compared to the presentation itself.

Presentation audio [MP3, 71min, 32.7MB]

Presentation slides [PDF, 879kt]

Discussion [MP3, 32min, 14.8MB]

UPDATE: Blog of the “New media and learning workshop” course is online, available here. They are working on mobile social software. 

New school book paradigm

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

In really hard decisions like what dentist to use and who should we trust, in the end we seek for the subjective opinion of our trusted friends rather than objective speculations of strangers. Through conversations we discover common ground on which we can live in the uncertain world.

In my latest article at FLOSSE Posse I seek for the answer to what is truth in the world we live in. Even though the human kind has been out there looking for the truth as long as the man has been walking on the earth, uncertainity is rising all around us. We need a new school book paradigm to help our students to really cope with this uncertainity.

Make your own Linux penguin

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

TUX pattern 150 Make your own Linux penguin
I’ve written before that as time goes by, we will see distributed Open Source development methodology to emerge in contexts other than content or source code. Some time ago we had free beer, now we have free penguins.. umm soft-toys. This might as well be the ultimate end of the accessorizing business model of Open Source icon wink Make your own Linux penguin

Yahoo taking advantage of Creative Commons

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Some time ago Yahoo acquired Flickr which is the most popular photo-sharing service. What is interesting is that Flickr has built-in support for Creative Commons licenses, enabling anyone to decide on their images how they will be shared. The service has already gathered tens of thousands of freely available images with no copyright lawayers at sight.

Now Yahoo has introduced a Creative Commons search engine, enabling anyone to search the internet for content available in the Creative Commons. Part of the enabling factor is the fact that Creative Commons has introduced a technical concept for embedding the CC licensing information into web pages, enabling the development of such search engines.

Both Flickr CC and Yahoo CC search and remarkable contributions from Yahoo for shared culture. I look forward for Google to take the next step in the realm of Creative Commons.