Posts Tagged ‘youtube’

Cheating Turnitin.com

Thanks fo the recent article from eCampus News titled “The top 10 ways college students plagiarize” I am now in the loop on cheating.

Cheating happens but with the advent of so many new types of software and sources of information determining if something is original or a copy isn’t the easiest of things to do. Turnitin.com aims to resolve that issue for schools.

Students on the other hand have people from all around the world trying to make Turnitin.com into nothing but a blip in the radar.

Following instructions in text can sometimes be confusing so countless videos have been posted to sites like YouTube and metacafe instructing anyone how to get around Turnitin.com’s algorithms. Of course it is all presented as information only. I should say the posters who think ahead include that brief note. 😉

One video I watched had over 11k views. Does the method still work? It’s possible though Turnitin.com will continue to improve their software and those trying to get around the algorithm will find other ways to win.

This was something new for me because of the unique projects that Sarah Lawrence has taking place in the classroom. Very few projects are copyable which means students have to do research for their papers.

Questions for you

Have you seen anyone get or try to get around Turnitin.com or other software like it?

What software is used at your school?

YouTube Partnerships for Everyone Inside and Outside the Classroom!

In the classroom students are taught a number of things. One of those things is to think on their own. Another is to create content. Often times it is for a class assignment. Often those projects inspire future ideas. It’s exactly what the education setting should be doing.

What happens when students gets inspired, talks to a friend who then talks to another friend which leads them to an ongoing YouTube series? My reaction is to call it like I see it, success! Students taking what they’re learning, collaborating, using a variety of technologies for a creative project is going to help them in the short and long term. I tip my hat to all of these intrepid creatives.

Looking around us it’s obvious that this has been happening around the world for years but YouTube just did something that will change the landscape for ever – everyone can make money on videos they upload. That’s right – everyone.

Hers is the official announcement  – http://youtubecreator.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/being-youtube-creator-just-got-even.html

What does this mean for schools?

Well, at first glance it shouldn’t mean much but if we look a little deeper we might find some gaps in the classroom and in the student handbook.

In the classroom

Students are taught how to work in the known business world and a few schools see an opportunity to teach social media in Communication schools but what seems to be missing is the recognition that these pieces are not one thing or another. Social media is a business just like in-person networking events and office environments.

How many faculty have been successful with the use of these tools?

Dare I step back another step to ask, how many faculty are even using these tools?

This push by YouTube is going to have a mega-impact on entertainment, education and any other form of visual experience. Who is going to teach this to the next generation of students?

In the handbook

At Sarah Lawrence College the 2011-2012 Student Handbook states the following about “Computer and Network Acceptable Use.”

Acceptable Behavior

… In general, any uses of Sarah Lawrence College’s computer facilities that infringe on another individual’s right to privacy, adversely affect the user community, or are not allowed under the terms of our software licenses are prohibited.

  • commercial activities, such as development of software for sale, work undertaken to support any company, or other contracted work

Note: I’m not a lawyer, my interpretation of the policy topic is meant to be an exercise only. All of these bullets consider  that monetization enabled.

  • If a student creates a video for someone who will then post the content to YouTube
  • A student creates a video in their room and posts it to YouTube
  • A class project is purchased by Funny or Die and is sent via the campus network

Is the student breaking the school policy and even if they are, who is going to enforce it and how could it be enforced?

In the past commercial activities were relatively easy to separate from a ‘regular’ daily life. Over the past 8 years that has changed significantly. Yesterday, YouTube shattered the glass ceiling.

The question “How can I make money on YouTube?” is answered with 3 words, upload a video.

My questions for you, dear reader…

  • What are other schools doing to address the social media issue and how it has become a new financial model for, quite literally anyone?
  • Are faculty required to use at least one social media site?
  • Are schools willing to have the discussion of the social media landscape in the classroom?
  • Is your school so strict that it’s trying to force these tools into only one school of thought vs. many or all?

Please ask your questions below and rip apart my policy game exploration. I may have zero ground to stand on, then again it might be time for schools to reconsider their network policies.

YouTu.be

Have you tried sharing a YouTube link via Twitter or another social site that limits your character length? YouTube has changed things up for the better.

Make Way for youtu.be Links
http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2009/12/make-way-for-youtube-links.html

What is the change?

Original = 31 characters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
New = 16 characters: http://youtu.be/

A reduction of 15 characters.

Sure, it’s not the ultra short link shortener but “when you see a link with this URL, you are indeed about to click on a YouTube video.” – from YouTube blog linked above

What else is better besides the 15 character crunch?

Also, because the link contains the ID of the video you’re going to see, developers can do interesting things like show you thumbnails, embed the video directly, or track how a video is spreading in real-time.

So, grab that shortened URL and start sharing.

It’s cold, want some Soup.io?

Yes, hai, and oui! All together now. That is what soup.io is all about.

“The easiest way to publish, collect, and share what you’re creating, thinking about, or discovering online.”

Say you use Flickr, YouTube, and LiveJournal on a regular basis. You post a really cool pic that you want all your friends to know about, the next day you upload a video of your cat getting bathed, and at the end of the week you write about a frustrating experience. Right. You want everyone to see everything right? Of course.

Your busy friends are clicking between every account. From this site, to that one, to another one trying to see what might be new. Or you have some savy friends that have RSSd all your feeds and therefore have an ever growing list of RSS feeds. Say your 5 friends have a Flick, YouTube, and LiveJournal account. That’s 15 accounts/RSS feeds.

No more. Soup.io brings it all together. I added my Flickr, YouTube, Digg submitted, Digg dugg, eBay, delicious, and my RSS feed from my personal web page to this page — http://garyploski.soup.io 

It’s all there with. No web hosting fee. The theme can be changed with a few clicks. Good at CSS? Hop to it within the theme settings tab. You’ll need only one other thing to bring it all together if you don’t like username.soup.io as your URI – a domain. ” If you own a domain, you can make it point to Soup.” That’s straight from the custom domain tab. Already have a site but you want to put soup.io on your site? Add the RSS feed into your site. Wham-o. You’ve added all your external account activity to your personal page.

Mash it all together and share with everyone your digital stone soup. It’s mmm mmm good.