The business side of Education

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I came across a video yesterday that caught my attention because of how the artist decided to tell their story. The video was about copy right infringments and the idea of intellectual property. The artists in the video uses Mash up ‘s or a multiple layered visual compilation to tell a story. This is another area where open source networking has had a major impact and has in turn generated a lot of questions around intellectual property rights. The video approaches the idea of creative thought being a commodity, something tangible to own or to purchase. I immediately applied this to education and how textbook s are seen as the source of classroom knowledge. This is an example of how the past is dictating the information flow of the present. Schools are bound to textbook contracts and are under a watchful eye through NCLB laws that apply Adequate Yearly Progress standards to schools. Not meeting this adequate yearly progress and can lead to a  lack of funding further restricting resources at the school.  I see a huge information hijack here. We have open source educational sites because educators know the inherent value of sharing as to not reinvent the wheel, and don’t even try to tell me that has not been uttered in your presence at some time or another. There is now a large group of people creating Mash ups who are sharing and reinventing the wheel every time they compose their work. Teachers do the same with every lesson, unit and idea shared through open source education sites is a reinvention of sorts.  I feel students have the right to an expanded version of the knowledge that exists and a more entertaining interaction with that information is required for sustained growth. The time it must take to make a Mash up and the technical aspects of the programs they use must take an enormous amount of learning. Isn’t that what we want to inspire?

I have also included the original RiP! A Remix Manifesto video link and if you have some time I recommend you watch it.


3 comments on “The business side of Education

  1. perrey says:

    Thanks for the video. It is amazing to see the amount of people that contributed to his video after they watched it, that they enjoyed so much what he was trying to show that those people wanted to share it to. The creativity kept growing and that what learning is all about. Yes we want to inspire learning and those Mash ups are pretty cool….I want to learn how to create them!

    • Cameron says:

      I know eh!? If you haven’t watched the whole video on hulu I definitely recommend it. Girl Talk goes through some of the process of creating a Mash up, it is ridiculously awesome. He has so much understanding of the craft he makes it look way too easy. If you come across any resources in this area please update as I will do the same.

  2. Bettina Welsh says:

    I watched part of the first video and all of the second one. I can appreciate the dicussion on copyright. As I work with distance/online education we are constantly trying to figure out the permissions for the materials that subject matter experts would like to include. Instructors, professors, and teachers don’t seem to understand that the copyright rules for face to face is much different than when you are working in an online interface. I like the detail of the presentation in the first video, where digital copyright symbols are explained. It seems that teachers are used to taking, manipulating and presenting content as they see fit. The original artist or publisher can’t possibly watch all classrooms, however, they can to some extent monitor the online environment. So, I agree that as the Internet and social media has allowed for sharing of ideas, I think that more education needs to be in place to address ‘whose’ ideas exactly are being shared!! Thank you for the video. Bettina Welsh

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