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Today’s Campus Innovation Interview #3 – Scott Hasbrouck of Ginkgotree

Scott Hasbrouck GinkgotreeIn this episode of the Today’s Campus Innovation Interview Series, Kirsten Winkler talks with Scott Hasbrouck, co-founder and CEO of Ginkgotree.

Ginkgotree is a web application that enables professors to create digital coursepacks (textbooks) based on free web content like YouTube videos, open educational resources or other creative commons licensed material and merge it with copyright cleared content from journals, magazines or textbooks in order to offer students custom course materials.

Ginkgotree is also offering a free book scanning service for professors. They simply choose the pages of the textbook they would like to include into the coursepack and then send the books or journals to Ginkgotree where they are professionally scanned and digitized.

This way Ginkgotree is able to cut down the cost of a textbook to about $30 instead of the usual $200 per semester. Ginkgotree partnered with the Copyright Clearance Center to offer the largest choice of copyright cleared content possible.

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What’s the Problem with TED Ed not being an Epic?

To borrow and tweak the phrase, software is not an epic (Certainties & Serendipities; Scott Berkun) a tool and an open educational resource (OER) are not epics.  Scott Berkun defines a tool (i.e., material, object, technology, etc.) as something you make so someone else can make something.  An OER, which in a sense acts as a tool, can be defined as follows (OERs infoKit):

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

To the degree that an OER is made “freely available” might also depend on whether one can retweak, remix, redistribute, and add to the OER itself and whether or not the OER may be used for commercial or non-commercial purposes (for further considerations, see Creative Commons).

So why define tools and OERs?  There seems to be a Problem with TED Ed as of late: The problem with TED Ed is the problem of what we define in traditional education as a ‘lesson’. But what is the problem, really?  Is the problem with TED Ed specifically, or how other educators might use TED Ed?  This is why defining tools and OERs (like class lessons) become key.  Regardless of one’s interpretation as to how “freely available” content is in TED Ed, there is certainly the potential to retweak, remix, and further develop the lesson or OER itself that warrants further educative experiences when it comes to learning. Framing a problem around TED Ed, is like framing a problem specifically around a textbook, computer, pencil, Internet, or any other material, object, technology, or tool;  avoiding any real context that may be useful in finding a solution.  Problems cannot be set based on people, concepts, and materials alone; they must be set at the point where problems, people, concepts, and materials meet.  The misconception with Problem with TED Ed, is that the term ‘lesson’ is viewed as some fixed learning experience that TED Ed designed and one that substitutes for good teaching (a notion that TED Ed clearly rejects in their introductory video).

TED Ed is not epic, nor are any web tools educators use to teach and learn.  But TED Ed, like other materials (e.g., OERS) do offer affordances in various degrees; that is, degrees of action potential.  The value of an OER or web tool stems from not only its direct potentiality, but subsequent potentialities that emerge from complex associations that occur over time and in multiple spaces between a web of human and non-human devices.  The potentialities are threefold: the potential to take risks through creative pursuits, the potential to share experiences and opinions with others, and the potential to not only benefit the learner but those who come in contact with the learner (not to mention contacts that extend out two, three, or more degrees of separation).  Setting a problem around a particular OER or tool alone (absent of context) does little to extend the dialog necessary for reaching viable and situational solutions.

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review:ed #21 OER, Badges and Gay Penguins (Audio)

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review:ed Episode #21

“OER, Badges and Gay Penguins”

  • recorded: March 23rd 2012
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Show Notes

[02:35] Vi Hart on Khan Academy

[04:33] Announcing C12 on EDUKWEST
Source: EDUKWEST

[08:46] PixyKids – a new social network for children
Source: GigaOm

[17:26] Books being banned in schools
Source: Forbes | Salon | Raw Story

[25:03] Thank you to our sponsor Transfluent

[28:33] Interview with Gregg Carey about the Voxy Academy
Source: EDUKWEST

[29:20] Creative Commons launching OERu
Source: Creative Commons

[33:35] Universities biggest Awarder of Badges in 2016/17?
Source: Open Content

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review:ed #21 OER, Badges and Gay Penguins

review:ed #21 OER, Badges and Gay Penguins

Kirsten & Chris

In this episode of review:ed Chris and I talk about Creative Commons’ OER University, Universities and Badges, PixieKids and the recent problems with books in public schools.

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Show Notes

[02:35] Vi Hart on Khan Academy

[04:33] Announcing C12 on EDUKWEST
Source: EDUKWEST

[08:46] PixyKids – a new social network for children
Source: GigaOm

[17:26] Books being banned in schools
Source: Forbes | Salon | Raw Story

[25:03] Thank you to our sponsor Transfluent

[28:33] Interview with Gregg Carey about the Voxy Academy
Source: EDUKWEST

[29:20] Creative Commons launching OERu
Source: Creative Commons

[33:35] Universities biggest Awarder of Badges in 2016/17?
Source: Open Content

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review:ed #9 with Christopher Dawson of ZDNet [Audio]

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review:ed Episode #9

  • recorded: December 30th 2011
  • Guest: Christopher Dawson, Contributing Editor ZDNet
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  • [02:00] How did the economy influence education in 2011
  • [05:00] Open Educational Resources & SOPA
  • [08:37] Implementing Tech in the Classroom
  • [13:00] Moodle and other LMSs
  • [17:49] Why Android did not take off in 2011
  • [21:48] Microsoft Windows Phone 7
  • [25:18] Tablets
  • [33:50] Bring your own Device
  • [38:00] Textbook Rentals / E-Textbooks
  • [41:40] Pearson
  • [47:25] Virtual Classrooms
  • [52:27] Facebook
  • [55:57] Text Messages in the Classroom
  • [58:15] Khan Academy
  • [01:01:10] Mobile Learning
  • [01:06:56] 21st Century Skills
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review:ed #9 with Christopher Dawson of ZDNet

Christopher Dawson ZDNet

Christopher Dawson ZDNet

For this last episode of review:ed in 2011 I invited Christopher Dawson, contributing editor at ZDNet and Vice President of Business Development at WizIQ. Chris has a long track record in education and is one of my favorite education / technology bloggers out there. Hence it was great to have him for a review of the big stories in 2011 and also for an outlook on the coming year.

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Show Notes

  • [02:00] How did the economy influence education in 2011
  • [05:00] Open Educational Resources & SOPA
  • [08:37] Implementing Tech in the Classroom
  • [13:00] Moodle and other LMSs
  • [17:49] Why Android did not take off in 2011
  • [21:48] Microsoft Windows Phone 7
  • [25:18] Tablets
  • [33:50] Bring your own Device
  • [38:00] Textbook Rentals / E-Textbooks
  • [41:40] Pearson
  • [47:25] Virtual Classrooms
  • [52:27] Facebook
  • [55:57] Text Messages in the Classroom
  • [58:15] Khan Academy
  • [01:01:10] Mobile Learning
  • [01:06:56] 21st Century Skills
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review:ed #8 with Gian Marco Masoni of Einztein [Audio]

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #8

  • recorded: December 23rd 2011
  • Guest: Gian Marco Masoni, Co-Founder & CEO Einztein
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SOPA

  • [02:13] Why SOPA Could Kill the Open Education Resource Movement
    Source: GOOD
  • [10:00] Education companies that support SOPA
    Source: VentureBeat

Credentials

  • [18:10] Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [27:00] MITx – free online courses with certification
    Source: EDUKWEST

Trends

  • [36:05] The top 5 ed tech developments of 2011 that weren’t
    Source: ZDNet
  • [48:10] Mobile Learning, Data Usage & Texting
    Source: EDUKWEST
    Source: KirstenWinkler.com
  • [57:15] The Connected TV as Education Tool
    Source: EDUKWEST
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review:ed #8 with Gian Marco Masoni of Einztein

Gian Marco Masoni Einztein

Gian Marco Masoni

For this (almost) Christmas edition of review:ed I invited Gian Marco Masoni of Einztein. As we had a great talk during our EDUKWEST interview a couple of weeks ago and his thoughtful piece on the connected TV as potential education device he wrote for EDUKWEST, I wanted to have his thoughts on last week’s stories in education as well.

Big thank you to Marco for doing this episode with me, leaving his family on a Friday before Christmas!

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SOPA

  • [02:13] Why SOPA Could Kill the Open Education Resource Movement
    Source: GOOD
  • [10:00] Education companies that support SOPA
    Source: VentureBeat

Credentials

  • [18:10] Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [27:00] MITx – free online courses with certification
    Source: EDUKWEST

Trends

  • [36:05] The top 5 ed tech developments of 2011 that weren’t
    Source: ZDNet
  • [48:10] Mobile Learning, Data Usage & Texting
    Source: EDUKWEST
    Source: KirstenWinkler.com
  • [57:15] The Connected TV as Education Tool
    Source: EDUKWEST
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