Week 3 – Reading: 50 Shades of Rule # 6

20 06 2013

And all other kinds of calculations

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How would you like getting smack with these bad boys?

This book has some great comparisons in it and this weeks reading jumps right in with another great one. It compares a composer to a woman giving birth. I was in ban and I can recall our band director throwing his New Balances at me on more than one occasion. I experienced the same with my pregnant wife, even down to the brand of shoe.   He was a tyrant, but our band was good. Many students would drop out of band after their first practice, but those of  us that chose to stay became part of something great.  I make it sound rough, but he would ease up as we honed our skills. Also in his defense, we were drummers and tended to be quite unruly. Sometimes the shoe sends a message, which would not be conveyed with words.

The “white sheet” reminds me much of my end of course questionnaire that I have my students complete. I like Zander uses it on a regular basis. I may start putting a feedback form out for each unit of study in my class. Students give me great ideas and often let me know what worked and what needed some work in my instruction.

I also feel that since I have started using blended learning through Schoology’s discussion boards, my students now have the power to lead from any chair. They really gave each other great feedback on the boards.  I wish that I had discovered Schoology sooner in the year. It would have been great to use in my AR project.

Rule number 6

Is a great rule to live by, but it has me wondering why the number “6” as a read this.  I am really finding this concept of “the calculating self”  to hit  me on a personal level. I normally live life by rule number 6, but there is a part of me that is highly competitive in the work environment.  I always want to put up numbers that support my superiority as a n employee and leader.  I want me accomplishments to be remembered at work. I do not really have this attitude in any aspect of my life other than work. I have never really been that way as a student, so it has me wondering what drives me to do this at work, but not at school or sports.  My calculating self also emerges in tabletop games, but not video games.

By page 85, thought I had picked up my wife’s copy of 50 Shades of Grey


The Way Things Are, Are The Way Things Are

Great statement from one of my favorite movies, Babe.  Quit resisting what is, accept it,  AND move on  (notice I said “and” , not “but”). Things are not the way we want


Week 1 To Publish or Present? Do I want

9 06 2013

Week 1 To Publish or Present?

Do I want to write a paper for publication?

What would be the pros and cons of this? The major benefit of this would be that I do not have to travel to do this. I would not be locked into working around a schedule of a conference. The academic publication does not seem like something that I would like to do.  I like to write for fun and this is just not my style. I enjoyed my journey on writing this and all the information a learned about instruction, but I do not see a personal benefit to publication of this. I also do not think anyone would want to read it.

At first glance of the title “To Publish or Present?, it was a no brainer to present.  After learning of the “the User-friendly” publication, the writing seems to be a useful process to make me a better teacher. It is more of a reflection that will take me in new directions.  The user-friendly seems like something I would enjoy writing.

Would I prefer to present at a conference?

I have attended a Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association (MSTA) conference and a National Science Teacher’s Association conference.(NSTA)  It was a really great experience for me as an educator. I walked away with so many ways to engage my students. I learned to effective instruct and add novelty to the curriculum.

The MSTA surprised me at its offerings.  I was able to attend workshops from super awesome science teachers in our state. Often in education we are given ideas from consultants who have never applied anything they suggest in a classroom. These were real classroom teachers, teaching in poor districts, effectively engaging students.


The NSTA conference is where I was first introduced to Google Docs.  I spent 14 hours a day going from workshop, to presentation, to product demonstration, to lecture. There were so many activities to do that I didn’t even have time to go meet Bill Nye.  Random thought: I totally jusy typed “ There was so many activities…”

I was running across the city of New Orleans getting fit in both body and mind.

The downsides of presenting are:

  • Getting the funding to go
    • Our school district is poor now
    • I can not afford out of pocket expenses
  • It puts me missing work
    • As a teacher that is extra work
      •  I have to create autopilot assignments for my students
      • I have to grade those assignments
    • I would also miss work and lose income from
      • My part time job
      • After school credit recovery
    • Science teacher conventions are more wild than anything I ever saw in college. It is hard to leave one without being tainted.  In a bizarre turn of events, I found out that science teacher convention groupies exist. I ran into situations were I had to tell my roommate, “these people are not coming into my room!!” MY roommate was not heard from again until checkout. He had partied the whole time and was just now grabbing flyers to pretend that he attended presentations. I hate being placed in a situation where I have to be the mature one.

Other than that, I really enjoy geeking out at a science teacher’s convention.

What should I do?

MAC Week 1 – Peer Comment

9 06 2013

To re-mix or not to re-mix? That is the question.

(MAC Reading Blog-Week 1)

original post http://mediarichlearning.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/to-re-mix-or-not-to-re-mix-that-is-the-question/comment-page-1/#comment-20

I wonder how many people actually realize that Disney’s The Lion King is Shakespeare’s Hamlet “remixed”.   In fact, Disney is known for fierce copyright infringement prevention (and legal enforcement) but few, in fact, very few of the Disney stories are completely original. (In fact, there are even some who question if Shakespeare was the original author of some of his works.) Yet, I would be devastated, and feel like my children’s lives were missing something, if they hadn’t grown up on these Disney stories, and I am pretty sure that Disney writers didn’t get Shakespeare’s approval.  Oh, wait, he’s been dead long enough (over 70 years past his lifetime) where it doesn’t legally matter.  But isn’t the idea the same?

THOROUGHLY enjoyed the discussion of copyright, the ever so tiny “freeing” that fair use might provide, and the potential opportunities of Creative Commons and its mission.  I really appreciated the presentation of the material because of the multiple considerations.

  •  A work must be “published” to fall under copyright protection because that means the author is through creating it
  • Copyright is not about usage, it is about permission
  • Improvisational material can not be covered by copyright
  • Copyright protects intellectual property thereby encouraging artists to create because they are protected
  • Copyright is “withhibiting” culture (LOVED the new word…is IT copyright protected?)
  • Copyright law undermines creative abilities
  • Impact of piracy is grossly overstated
  • Digital downloading “killed” the music business
  • Copyright law is about “turf wars”

The back and forth of the two sides was intellectually stimulating and exhausting.  One presenter would present his/her argument and my thought was, “exactly…that’s right.”  Then the next presenter would present the opposing side and my thought was, “exactly…that’s right.”  And I am NOT a fence rider by nature, but clearly both sides of the argument have valid points.

Enter the idea of Fair Use, or rather the ability to use material to teach, tell the news, share a parody or critical comment, providing the use is transformative, proportionate to purpose, credits the source, and has no commercial impact (after all, the REAL ones making the money in all of these conflicts does seem to be the attorneys.)

I appreciate that Fair Use is not a blank check of free use because it is not a “right” but rather a “legally defensible position,” but it does allow for increased opportunities to use creative material for the right purpose in the right amount.

And then there is Creative Commons.  Perhaps Larry Lessig describes it best as “BALANCE” because it allows for protection for the creator as well as opportunities to remix and make “new stuff from old stuff.”  I buy into the idea that Creative Commons returns common sense back to the argument by providing the right of creators to exercise their copyright more ways and more simply.  This gives their creation an opportunity to grow and evolve.

My Reply


I really like the idea of removing extremism on both sides by restoring common sense balance to it all.  I am excited to create again…and will resist the temptation to quote more Shakespeare.  (*smiles)

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The tragedy of The Tragedy of Hamlet is that we are made to read it and not watch it.

That is really awesome, I have never made the connection between Hamlet and The Lion King.  Random deviation: Why do we spend so much time in English classes studying Shakespeare? I read a minimum of two works from Shakespeare each year of high school.  Not that I don’t think his work was good, but why read it? Why do we spend so much time reading a play? In the future will they read movie scripts in English class? Shouldn’t Shakespeare belong in Theatre Appreciation? End random tangent.

Disney will soon own the most of the media world. Right now this is a good thing. They have done a great job with their Marvel comic book titles.  I am really excited about them acquiring Lucasarts. George Lucas gave us an awesome creation in Star Wars, but he was both the best and worst thing to it. But what will happen when Disney owns everything and they no longer have any competition? We have seen this type of situation occur in the world of sports entertainment. Vince McMahon purchased WCW and ECW. Innovation in the industry was lost.

I also really enjoyed this week’s lessons on copyright and fair use. I think there is much fair about fair use.  I am glad we have been introduced to Creative Commons.  I really hated having fair use in teaching defined for me. Now I know what I am violating.  This is especially true with music. Many times I would mix in some good ole 90’s alternative, alternative music that was made by guys who listened to Metallica, Johnny Cash, Bo Marley, and Run DMC, and said I want to make a song like that. Modern alternative bands are bands that listened to Pearl Jam and Nirvana and tried to bottle it into a marketable product.  I would play this music as the soundtrack for media presentations. The students would be engaged. At the end, students would always say, “Mr. Sanzin, I loved that song!”. I became the MTV that my students needed, not the MTV they deserved (Hail BATMAN!!!).  So I feel like I’m in violation of copyright, but I actually just gave a free advertisement for a band that would not get any radio airplay in today’s music industry.


MAC Week 1 – Return of the Living Copyright

8 06 2013

According to Wikimedia Commons, Night of the Living Dead is public domain. The owners did not include proper copyright notice in the film.

So back in Film Making Principles of Education, we were assigned to watch the Alfred Hitchcock film, Rear Window. My first impulse was that we must be watching this movie because it is old and its copyright expired.

I mean legally free.

I thought surely, I must be able to find this movie for free on the Internet .

My search lead me to movies that were said to be in public domain.  According to sources on the net, the movie “Night of the Living Dead” and “Brother from Another Planet” were both public domain.  Several websites claimed that they were public domain due to the fact that someone left the copyright out of the credits. Update: I was making sure the image properly linked back to Wikimedia Commons. I noticed that Wikimedia Commons did in fact say that this film was in public domain.

I am well aware that I could probably find “The Man of Steel” free on the Internet…

After this weeks lesson on 10 Myths About Copyright,  it would seem those stories are just as fictitious  as  an undead African American invasion from outer space.  According to the video we watched, no copyright does not mean it is not copy written. From what I have found most recently is that  works published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 that did not include a copyright notice are considered public domain. So where does this leave the movie “Brother from Another Planet” ? I am unable to locate any documentation that seems to justify exactly why it has entered public domain, so I believe that whatever site had it listed as public domain was incorrect. Anyone have any input?

…but I love movies and therefore would not steal them.

What exactly is a copyright?

It was very simply explained, “ If you can create it, you can legally protect it.” I feel as if I am breaking some type of copyright by publishing those words.The movie is not yours free for free.

The one true exception was the 1994 version of the Fantastic Four. I was young and downloaded it. I payed dearly by watching it, it was beyond Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus awful. Crime truly doesn’t pay.

Copyright was created following the invention of the printing press, due to concerns of Charles II, or Chuck Version 2.0 as I like to call him, of England.

The first real copyright was the Statute of Anne in 1710.

Copyright protects more than just printed documents, it protects music, art, computer software and architectural design.

What isn’t protected by copyright law?


Skits , songs, or dances without a written script are not subject to copyright. To copyright this material, you should write it down on paper or record the material.  You should also mail the document for copyright purposes. You need visual proof to show that you created it. Once you put the performance into a tangible form, it may then be copyrighted.

Titles, Names, Short Phrases or Slogans

You can copyright the object on which they appear, but not the words themselves.

Common Property

Things like a standard calendar or tape measurer. The materials to construct these are considered common knowledge.

Copyright Duration

  • Life of the author + 70 years
  • A company holds a copyright for 100 years.

Week 1 Reading: Copyright and Fair Use

5 06 2013

Great blog Stuart,

Prior to this weeks reading I had many misconceptions about copyright. Copyright rules were like playing Monopoly. Nobody really knows the rules, they were just told the rules by other people and eventually thought that they knew them(I have found that people who learned to play on a computer do know the rules). See these articles on Monopoly rules:

The list goes on. Do we see any possible copyright infringement?

Week 1 Reading: Copyright and Fair Use.

via Week 1 Reading: Copyright and Fair Use.

BP9 RISE comments on OMP and …

20 10 2012


This is Popplet. Check out how Catherine used Popplet in her class.

I recently reviewed Catherine Johnson’s RILS project OMP – Oh My Popplet! Her project was amazing. It uses Popplet to have students analyze the elements of literature.  It is geared towards language arts, but can be useful in any academic setting. If you are a secondary school teacher you may soon be subject to Common Core State Standards. It goes back to a focus on reading and writing across the curriculum,  so this RILS scenario will be useful to every teacher.

see my comments here http://catherinejackson1.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/bp-8-rils-omp-oh-my-popplet-reflection/comment-page-1/#comment-50

Comic Craze

Stop LOOKING at my grammar!!

My second RILS project reviewed was Comic Craze by Trudi Perkins. This was a truly engaging way to have students grasp the concept of main ideas.

Check out her blog and see my comments here http://consciouscomments.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/rils_project_perkins/comment-page-1/#comment-25 

Trudi’s truly amazing implementation of teaching the main idea.

I was also introduced to iRubric.com . Here are links to the tools she used:

BP8 RILS Reflection

18 10 2012

Reflection of Animoto Anatomy

I recently employed the use of Animoto as the delivery method for my Human Anatomy and Physiology’s research project on skin disorders. The students generally enjoy this topic. I do the research project every semester, but traditionally the students will either turn in a report or do a PowerPoint presentation.  This year I had them submit their findings through Animoto movies. The students were excited to show their work.

Pros of this delivery method

  • Students gained experience with an emergent technology.
  • Students were more engaged by the audio/visual experience provided by Animoto.
  • The approach was novel.
  • Music that is free to use
  • Images that are licensed for use
  • Low character count on titles forces students to use short, powerful statements

Cons of Animoto

  • Character limit is restrictive

    Limited to about 30 seconds per presentation

  • Limited selection of images
  • Character count for text is very low, sometimes it impossible to convey all the required information
  • Does not embed into my Schoolwires blog or Animoto

Changes I will make for the next semester

I will use Animoto again next semester in Human Anatomy and Physiology. There are a few modifications that will be made to the project.

  • Students will also learn to prepare their report
    • in a basic html document, which they will learn to create.
    • Student will embed their Animoto presentations in their report
  • Instructor will post the reports as webpages.
  • Students


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