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Slides from my #FETC presentation, “License to Cull: Art History, Media Literacy, Ethics and Photoshop”

This integrated unit evolved over time and was co-taught with the 6th grade Art teachers (first Yoshiko Maruiwa, and then Katelin O’Hare). It examines fine art and the fine print. Students learn about ownership, copyright, licensing, media literacy, fair use, Creative Commons, Wikimedia and Photoshop.

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)
Orange County Convention Center Expo Hall
1/15/16, 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Just learned about a new free online textbook for learning Scratch visual programming environment

I just learned about a new free online textbook for learning Scratch visual programming environment. Michal Armoni and Moti Ben-Arico-wrote the book and are sharing it via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. This means you are free to Share (copy, distribute and transmit the work) under the following conditions: Attribution (give them credit), Noncommercial (you can’t make money from it), and No Derivative Works (you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work).

As per the Weizmann Institute of Science’s website:

This book will familiarize you with the Scratch visual programming environment, focusing on using Scratch to learn computer science. The book is structured as a collection of tasks. Each chapter teaches a new concept, but the concept is introduced in order to solve a specific task such as animating dancing images or building a game. Each chapter starts with a simple task, but as soon as we solve one task, we add additional tasks to extend the existing task. The sequence of tasks will require a new construct of Scratch or the use of constructs you know in new ways.

Download (version 1.0 for Scratch 1.4, 5 May 2013):

Our other learning materials for Scratch:


  • The following articles: Learning computer science concepts with Scratch, Habits of programming in Scratch, Loop constructs in Scratch can be downloaded from Moti’s ACM Author-Izer page.
  • Download the questionnaires used in that research.

Hebrew language website: http://stwww.weizmann.ac.il/g-cs/scratch/index.html.
Contact: Please send comments and suggestions to: scratch.wis@gmail.com.

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License to Cull with @CreativeCommons – a short presentation about copyright and media

I’m taking Photography for Educators at Teachers College this term. I try to take a class every semester, and I lucked out with this one; Sean Justice is teaching the class and Tabitha Johnson (@tabletj) is taking it with me. Win-win.

Tonight, I’m giving a short presentation about copyright, fair use, licensing, advanced image search, and citations. I think License to Cull might be one of my best puns ever.

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