ccLearn, copyright for classrooms

from BoingBoing.com Creative Commons for education
Cory Doctorow: Today Creative Commons announced ccLearn, a new division devoted to promoting the use of freely copyable materials for classrooms and education.

Our mission is to minimize barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials — legal barriers, technical barriers, and social barriers.
* With legal barriers, we advocate for licensing of educational materials under interoperable terms, such as those provided by Creative Commons licenses, that allow unhampered modification, remixing, and redistribution. We also educate teachers, learners, and policy makers about copyright and fair-use issues pertaining to education.

* With technical barriers, we promote interoperability standards and tools to facilitate remixing and reuse.

* With social barriers, we encourage teachers and learners to re-use educational materials available on the Web, and to build on each other’s contributions.

Inaugural edublogger magazine

A new on-line magazine has been launched.

Today is the official birth date of the Edublogs Magazine. It’s been almost a year from the idea-dancing-around-our-head stage, trying to come up with a way to create an umbrella blog that would bring together the exciting Edublogs community.

We wanted to feature bloggers and news from within the Edublogs Network represented by Edublogs, Learnerblogs, Uniblogs, and ESLblogs.

We wanted to provide a place where Edublog members could publish articles offering their special insights into education today, past, and the future of online education technologies.

This link will get you started. It includes the direct links to the RSS feeds for specific categories of interest or to the magazine as a whole.

I hope you enjoy an article I wrote as well as the rest of the mag.

Sign in from edublogs system-wide webpage

From the URL http://edublogs.org/ you will see the following.
Sign-in at main edublogses websiteclick to enlarge

Note that this will only work for edublogs.org users. It will take you to your main blog, not any other but from there you can switch.

Uniblogs.org eslblogs.org and learnerblogs.org need to click on “students login here” (see mouse arrow in image) to be directed here, http://edublogs.org/student/

But really, the fastest way to get to your blog’s dashboard is to put this in URL your favorites or bookmarks or as a desktop shortcut–

http://blogname.edublogs.org/wp-admin/

http://blogname.uniblogs.org/wp-admin/

http://blogname.eslblogs.org/wp-admin/

http://blogname.leanerblogs.org/wp-admin/


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E-mail newsletter or blog or feed?

I urge everyone new to blogging to start with the analogue blog (analog blogue?) and map out what you want to do, who’s the audience, how much work do you want to exert, etc.

Scot’s Newsletter makes a good point.

3. Don’t unsubscribe because you’re going to use the RSS feed instead. The SFNL RSS feed is meant as a convenience service for subscribers only, not as a replacement for your subscription. Please, there’s no future for a newsletter in RSS distribution. If I were to focus on that, I would just transform the newsletter into a blog and send you a newsletter notification. I’ve polled the newsletter’s readership on that very point — and you’ve said loud and clear you don’t want me to do that. At the very least, keep your subscription and use it as a notification to check your RSS reader.

10 Things Good Newsletter Subscribers Shouldn’t Do
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Scot’s Newsletter
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Operating Systems. Broadband. Issues. Reviews. Info You Can Use.
July 2007 — Vol. 7, Issue No. 92

By Scot Finnie

Read the neater website version of Scot’s Newsletter!
http://www.scotsnewsletter.com/92.htm

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Paul Hamilton tutorial links

Paul Hamilton has a list of useful tools, including a link to edublogging tutorials

The bookmarks below were generated using the GreaseMonkey script from Social Bookmarking Helper 4 WordPress.Com – A Greasemonkey Userscript July 7th, 2007 — Satya Narayan The bookmarks generated at other posts come from a modified bookmarklet from http://archaeoastronomy.wordpress.com/social-linking/

I don’t know if all these bookmarking sites are useful to readers and will have to figure out how to trim the script the way I trimmed the bookmarklet.

How to make a Thumbtop PC

Over at http://edublogs.org/forums/ is an interesting set of suggestions for mobile apps, either for cell phone and other handheld devices or laptops.

Wibowo at http://nooventures.edublogs.org/ started this discussion by mentioning www.skweezer.net. He added a whole group of interesting “Dial-up and Mobility Survival Kits” that he uses. Must see his list at http://edublogs.org/forums/topic.php?id=784&replies=5#post-3762

Skweezer can evidently act as an Internet portal but also strips the CSS styles off webpages. This makes for quicker access for dial-ups and those who pay minute by minute for Internet access. It struck me similar applications might include “tiny apps” or software on a “stick” or pen drive or other flash drive. If you use public computers, these can also protect your privacy. And why eat up that heavy laptop storage space when you could be using it for blog research and photos?

I haven’t tried all these out but they are worth exploring for those needing to remain publicly anonymous or to lose weight.

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Gizmo’s Support Alert Newsletter Issue 145, Premium Edition, 24th May, 2007 , lists replacements for an on-the-road computer– the thumb drive (or camera flashcard) including windows XP on a USB Flash Drive http://techsupportalert.com

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from Fred Langa of LangaList now Windows Secrets Newsletter at http://windowssecrets.com/comp/

http://www.TinyApps.org/

a collection of very small PC apps, from email clients to operating systems, under 1.44mb, though most are *much* smaller (in the 100-200k range). Miles Wolbe http://www.tinyapps.org/blog/

Flash-Drive Software , Kim Komando’s site at
http://komando.com/shareware_show.asp?showID=9675

http://www.lifehacker.com/software/thumb-drive/

http://portableapps.com/

searched using Google: http://tinyurl.com/s2uak

“More OS-On-A-Stick Options”
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-09.htm#3

and a step-by-step article on Windows XP On Your USB Thumb/Flash Drive
http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177102101

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applications that are small, portable (i.e. no registry dependencies, relative pathing, etc.) and, ideally, free or low cost. http://www.usbapps.com/

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