Are Bloggers Journalists? Apparently Not In Oregon

A friend passed along this article to this morning. It regards a recent Oregon court ruling that an independent blogger must pay a large financial firm for defamatory remarks published in a series of blog posts. She was not given the same protective rights as traditional journalists in the state, and thus liable for publishing defamatory content. I encourage you to read the article for more details.

This semester, I have been reading about an increasing number of court cases that pit laws directly against advancing technology. The precedents set now are going to shape society in the years to come. What do you think? Are bloggers equal to journalists? 

Sure, it's kinda funny.


Students Tackle Physics With iPads


The iPad is an amazing piece of technology that can take us anywhere we want to go. But, aside from being a portal to the internet, game console, and personal music machine (iTunes – you’ve probably lost count of the songs you’ve downloaded), it also has applications that can be functional in the classroom.

Metaphor for Learning

In my Theories of Learning course (EDP610), we had to come up with our metaphor for learning in 250 words or less. I thought I would share mine and see what you all thought. Do you agree? What would you change in my metaphor? What metaphor comes to mind for you?
Learning is like building a house.  The student is the builder, while the teacher is the foreman.  The builders are in charge of constructing their house, while the foreman can facilitate and oversee, helping along the way.  The foreman may provide the bulk of the material, but the builders may find some along the way that they decide to add in to their own house.  The house starts with a foundation, which is pretty simple, solid, and straightforward, much like the basic skills we have in school (reading, basic math, basic science, etc.).  Then many complex things can be built on top, in any way that the builders may choose.  The builders might find that some ways of structuring material are more conducive to retention, while others might fall away.  The foreman might show the builders some tools for how to create the house, but the builders might also imitate others or use their own ideas for construction. 

QR Codes Go to College

Marketing agencies, Archrival and Axis of Awesome both specializing in youth and university markets recently completed a survey of students on 24 college campuses nationwide about their use of QR codes. I'm not terribly surprised at what they've found (indifference) - but I'd like to go one step further:

I'd suggest that it's the overuse of QR codes as a vehicle for advertisement which fuels this in the first place. They have (had) great potential to deliver information in a rapid and portable way. Now I find that no one uses them because they're expecting to be redirected to just another bland sales pitch.

What say you, students? How do you feel about QR codes?

From the article by Archrival:

"In the midst of the growing industry pressure to force-feed these barcodes into the marketplace, we noticed a profound indifference being shown to QR codes by the one demographic that can make or break a trend — college students."

QR Code Infographic



Scooba Army Series: featuring Russ Caldwell's collection




Tools used to create: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon Speedlite 580 EX II, Adobe Photoshop, Imagination.

Boost Your IT IQ: Cool Classes for the Winter Intercession

Winter break and the holidays are fast approaching. Students – have you made plans for winter intersession yet? If not, A&S is offering classes during the break for those students interested in gaining extra credit hours and speeding up time to graduation. It’s a great time to pick up an extra class in your major or explore a topic you find intriguing. For example, we are offering a new online course for those students interested in an overview of technologies we use every day. The class, A&S 100 – 230: IT IQ will allow you to sharpen your IT IQ and learn about video conferencing, software installation, internet research tools, and Blackboard basics – just to name a few – and earn extra credit hours in the process. This class will familiarize you with technologies, research tools, and search engines that are important to your success at UK and beyond. Become a better digital citizen and learn about social networking and e-etiquette as you communicate through Facebook, Twitter, email, and blogs. To learn more about the class, click here.

"The Snow" by Tokujin Yoshioka

I'm not sure if I prescribe entirely to Yoshioka's philosophy but he's nothing if not poetic - most especially visually.

"The most beautiful things I believe in this world is what is irreproducible, accidentally born, and disorder that cannot be understood by the theory. I believe the nature is the ultimate beauty in this world. The sunlight, soft breeze, and the harmony that leaves create, the variety of the essence in the nature touches our emotions. I intend not to reproduce them, but to pick the element that inspires our heart and integrate it into the deign." - Tokujin Yoshioka

Via Dezeen.

Electric Fish Choir

"So what do you get when you put together a tank full of black ghost knife fish, some audio equipment, and a bunch of crazy people? A fish chorus.

Black ghost knife fish, which would totally be an awesome name for a band, use electricity to pick up information about their surroundings. If sensors convert the electric field to sound, and someone rigs up a way to manipulate the sound and add effects, then people could mix, or conduct, a knife fish musical. People can choose one fish at a time, or pick a bunch of them to sing together." Via io9.


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