Rose Couture

Aspiring teacher. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward


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My Summary of Personal Learning, A Learning Experience

For the past week, I have been debating what I would do for my final summary of personal learning in the course of ECMP355. I saw that many students decided to list the medias and programs they used or discovered during the semester, and described them, while other chose to do a screen cast type of project. I thought I would be original and draw a concept map, but it did not really touch everything I learnt this semester and I was a little nervous that I barely used any technology for my summary of personal learning. So I went on the hunt to find a program with which I could build beautiful concept maps and I fell upon iMindMap 7. I found the presentation video beautiful and I wanted to give it a try (they offer a FREE 7 day trial). I was a little discouraged at first because I did not know how to work the program and there was not too many tutorial videos for the iMindMap 7, but I was able to find one for iMindMap 6, which is basically the same as the new version, minus a few features. With this program, I was able to make a very appealing concept map and it gave me the option to turn it into a presentation. In presentation mode, you can delete the slides you do not want, you can move slides from left to right to change the order, and you can even switch from 2D to 3D! I had a lot of fun with it and I am considering buying the program as it is a nice presentation tool that is different from Prezi and PowerPoint.

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My Original Concept Map Idea

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My Final Concept Map

Since I have been using QuickTime to record my screen for different purposes this semester, I thought I would give Camtasia or Screenr a try, but it did not work so well. Every time it would tell me that I needed a Java plug-in and that it would not work with Google Chrome. So I downloaded the plug-in and tried it with my Safari browser without any success, I then opted for QuickTime. I also noticed that with Screenr I could only record for 5 minutes and I do not think it would have been enough time to cover everything I wanted to say (it took me a good 10 minutes).

I made a few mistakes during my presentation, but nobody is perfect. I would like to specify that Coursera does not only offer education classes, but rather a wide variety of classes, from English to Science. I noticed that I say “sweet” and “cool” a lot, nervous habit that I need to work on. I also froze when it came to the financial…. MEANS or just the money in general that some schools do not possess to go on constructive field trips. Overall I had a great semester and I have learnt things in ECMP355 that will follow me for the rest of my life, including a personal learning network!


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Creative Commons

After watching the documentary RIP: A Remix Manifesto, we were introduced in class to the Creative Commons.

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows users to put a Creative Commons license on their work, which allows others to use their work. Depending on the conditions, other users can use somebody else’s work for creativity, inspiration, or just as a base to build their own thoughts or knowledge. This service is offered for free and you get to choose which licenses to apply to your work. I personally think that the Creative Commons is a great way for artists to be able to work with material they are inspired by, and to use in making another piece that is as original. In all the licenses, there is credit given to the “original creator” where you might have taken your idea from. Some people argue that this “some rights reserved” compared to the copyright’s “all rights reserved” is just the ‘base’ of classical copyright. I think it is important to give the original thinker credit for his work, but it is also great that the individual allows others to create from his creation. Yes, there are certain restrictions that the original individual will include, but this type of copyright is not as extreme as the one big corporations use and people will not get sued by individuals, as they have permission to be creative and original with existing works. What are your thoughts on the Creative Commons? Do you think it’ll slowly evolve into an “all rights reserved” organization? Why and why not?