Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Problems with YouTube and Society

I just read Puppy Papers post about Flikr and I had told her a few days ago about a video that almost made me cry. Of course I always look up karate and it had a young man very overweight doing a grappling match. It was a competition and so the event lasted a long time...too long for me to even finish watching. The young man had messed his gi(uniform), and of course they are white. The person video taping made a comment that this will be on YouTube tomorrow and they just laughed and laughed. They shot closeups as the young man was competing. Luckily, what I saw never showed his face, but I turned it off. I won't watch it again to see if it does. Meg told me to flag it, but I haven't tried yet. But an innocent high school boy could be traumatized by this and it's NOT fair. As much as I enjoy technology I also see the evils of it.

Monday, January 21, 2008

It's All Over Now!!

1. My favorite discoveries...Animoto, wiki, myspace...learning how to set up a myspace account and then embed videos and music was way cool. Then setting up the wiki, which I am still developing my personal one, was interesting. Finally putting still pictures to a video is something I have wanted to do for a long was great fun!

2. Lifelong learning goals? Well, I have found out the hard way that learning and not using is the best way to forget, so I think I'll be using these features a lot and hopefully as I do I will learn new stuff.

3. Take-a-ways? Yes, the wiki seems to be something I will use and actually help me grow as a person.

4. Improve the program? Maybe encourage small group get togethers. Puppy Papers and I sat at Panaera bread and really worked through some mental blocks. Sometimes it's nice to know you're not the only one having problems.

5. Participate in another program like this? ABSOLUTELY! I am so proud of myself for learning what all the kids already know:)

6. Influence practice as a librarian? Well, I am the type to master stuff in my personal life and once I have a hang of it I can better figure out how to incorparate it into the workplace. Maybe that's backwards, but for some reason that's how it works for me. I have already started doing some things and as I understand them better and I'm hoping to be able to figure out how to use it in the the wiki and blogspot.

Thing # 23

I was new to the term Creative Commons and think I understand some extent anyway. It allows owners a little bit of a gray line to the black and white copyright laws. With information so easily accessible on the Internet I think some creators don't mind their work being used they just want to determine what it can be used for and if they are part of Creative Commons they have that power. I guess those not in favor of Creative Commons think this might loosen the power of copyright laws which are already being terribly abused.
I really enjoyed the Disney video clip explaining copyright laws...think maybe we should use that for our teachers. I'm not sure if that's the video you wanted us to comment on as far as telling if it was altered? But it's obvious that clips were taken from several I think I might be on the wrong track on that question.

Thing # 22 cont'd

Animoto. This was easy to do and fun. Well, I said it was easy, I made lots of errors at first and that slowed things down a bit, but knowing so many others had already posted theirs I knew I could do it. It makes you want to start finding old pictures and creating lots of these movies.
I think in high schools and middle schools where the kids probably already know how to do these or something pretty similar this would be a good tool to use as final projects in research units. I think 5th and 6th grades could do it too, but I think they would need a lot of direction. It kind of makes you want use a class and experiment on some of these tools and see how they catch on. In my school there are still so many kids that do not have Internet access at home. A lot have cell phones and can text and share pics and videos that way, just not computers at home.
It would be fun to try anyway.