codekat — 2014-07-30T18:16:11-04:00 — #1
I'm happy to share the v1 of the Net Neutrality Teaching Kit and accompanying 1-hour Maker Party primer, a set of activities built by the community to help learners analyze, create and take action around Net Neutrality in a variety of settings, from Maker Parties to classrooms:
Now that v1 is published, we need your help! @chadsansing @KarenSmith @jess @laura and other activity authors would love your feedback on v1 -- what works for you, and what needs clarity? We also invite you to add your own Net Neutrality activities and remixes to the kit!
Thanks in advance, guys -- looking forward to the feedback and discussion
toolness — 2014-07-30T20:34:57-04:00 — #2
This is cool! Some notes:
I like the "Chopped and Screwed" reference in the Videojam activity--I never knew about that music remixing technique.
I wasn't aware of the FastLane website, and I'm actually having a hard time telling whether it's a satire or not! Guess I need to work on my credibility literacies?
I like how the Superheroes for Net Neutrality activity links to the Flocabulary video about 5 elements of story. Love the narrative aspect of this activity in general, and how it teaches storytelling and NN concepts at the same time.
Minor typo in the Superheroes for NN activity: in step 4, "Brainstorm" is misspelled as "Brainstrom". (Hmm, if only I could issue pull requests on these makes...)
The "Trace the Outline of NN at Home" activity is great! It makes me think of what it might be like to somehow combine all the research people do for this activity into a public-access database of some sort... hmmm. Ideas for future prototypes I suppose. Oh, and there's a missing question mark at the end of one of the sentences in the "Discussion" panel.
Love the "Explain NN to ___" activity! I had only heard about the John Oliver video, hadn't seen it, and now that I've seen it... well, it makes me want to create an addon that replaces every occurrence of "Net Neutrality" on any web page with "Preventing Cable Company F***ery". Also really like the focus on media literacy that this kit has.
NN Bingo is a cool idea. I hadn't ever heard of ITMPs and had to look it up... Though DPI was "Dots Per Inch", got confused, found out it was different. I guess it would be cool if part of the Bingo thing was to explain/discuss how the acronym relates to NN? My fear here is that folks might just get carried away with merely knowing what the acronym stands for, without knowing what it means, but I suppose just having good facilitators is key to fixing that.
I wonder if it'd make sense to have an "advanced" bingo card, maybe with terms like CDN, based on @laura's post about how CDNs relate to NN.
Minor typo in NN Bingo, "acronym" is misspelled as "acronymn". I think? Now I'm not even sure.
So in general I think this kit is really cool. I do think, though, that it'd be neat if there were some kind of activity that made people question the rhetoric of the opponents of NN--for instance, laura's question about how equal access and right to access would actually undermine innovation. But I'm not really sure what such an activity would consist of...
karensmith — 2014-07-31T11:06:15-04:00 — #3
Thanks for the feedback on net neutrality bingo Atul! I agree that a strong knowledge base would be required to facilitate the discussion associated with the card. I welcome any help to build out the answer key etherpad to make it friendlier to newcomers to the topic of net neutrality.
When I have time, I will do some work on the answer key and also add some other options for inclusion on the card like CDN. If anyone has time to help, please dive in and edit the pad!
melechuga — 2014-08-01T09:53:47-04:00 — #4
This is fantastic!
Just want to share the Spanish version as well. Most of the activities aren't translated yet, but I'm in the process of looking for other resources -- already written in and contextualized in Spanish -- to include too.
chadsansing — 2014-08-04T08:32:35-04:00 — #5
@toolness, re: rhetoric, maybe something like...
- A random argument generator remixing industry buzzwords for deconstruction.
- A 'who said it' generator comparing and contrasting commercial and political quotes and attributions.
- An HTML5/canvas puzzler with interlocking arguments and answers.
- Or an 'evil' AI/bot that tells you how it would most efficiently monetize any URL you give it in a post-NN world.
Probably all overwrought, but fun to imagine -
toolness — 2014-08-04T10:34:55-04:00 — #6
Upon learning more about reading about the history of internet policy, I'm realizing that I actually like John Oliver's alternative to the term Net Neutrality, "Stop Cable Company F**kery", better for more reasons than just comedic attention-getting.
As I suggest in my other post on The Last Mile, what we now think of as "Net Neutrality" is actually just the latest chapter of a decades-long quest by cable companies to stifle competition. A long-term fix, I think, doesn't just involve fighting fast lanes on the internet, but also countering the immense lobbying power of cable companies as a whole. (In short, stopping cable company f**kery.)
Furthermore, focusing on cable companies also allows us to leverage the past and provide concrete examples of the negative impact of cable companies on our internet ecosystem, rather than solely relying on theoretical futures, which invite skepticism.
codekat — 2014-08-06T16:48:32-04:00 — #7
Hmm, lots of great feedback (and intriguing ideas for next steps) here -- thanks so much, guys!
@melechuga, love your translation of the kit, so awesome. How do you say "read this kit in spanish here" in Spanish, so I can add it at the top of the kit as an option?
@toolness really good points re an activity that questions rhetoric. I love @chadsansing's "evil AI bot" concept. Anyone feel like making?
I'm also intrigued by the idea of an activity (or experience) that shows the history of consumer interactions with cable companies (and market ISP monopolies, especially in the US) to integrate the longer-term perspective @toolness speaks of. I wonder if there's a site or tool out there already that does this? Would love to see it...
melechuga — 2014-08-06T17:11:24-04:00 — #8
How about "Explora el kit en español" (explore the kit in spanish)?
Thanks for including!
shashankgaik — 2014-08-07T00:14:27-04:00 — #9
The kit is fantastic!
Also I would like to share the Net Neutrality for Newbies made with the help of Achyuth K.P.
Feedback would be appreciated.
sanjaygouri77 — 2014-08-07T10:23:07-04:00 — #10
codekat — 2014-08-11T12:43:24-04:00 — #11
such great work @sanjaygouri77 and @shashankgaik -- your teaching kits are wonderful and it is so cool to see different interpretations of what a Net Neutrality activity might look like for new learners. I like how you have both aimed to speak to total beginners in these kits, too -- it's a complex topic and people will really benefit from this approach.