Thank you everyone who made possible the creation of a DropBox for caching the Teachers’ TV Videos.
I am going to hold fire on the process of making a DropBox until Tuesday – I want to be absolutely sure that people will be able to upload the files and that they can be re-encoded within the terms of the Creative Licence.
But in the meantime I would like anyone who can, to now donate something even more valuable, their time!
Please could you put aside a few minutes to downloading at least one of the Teachers’ TV videos and putting up the details and your contact details on the Google Doc for the purpose of sharing who has got what and where:
In this way it becomes a truly peer to peer process and does not infringe the Creative Licence in any way.
The DropBox will initially be used to “cache” the vids so people can transfer them in bulk to their local school servers or hard drives for use in UK Schools only and proof of working in a UK school and being responsible for the resource will be required. It will also be useful for batch re-encoding groups of films that have not been encoded for QuickTime or MP4 format as well.
I am NOT acting as a distributer but merely enabling a Peer to Peer process between school communities as allowed by the Creative Archive Licence.
So can I ask you to:
1) Go to Teachers’ TV and choose a file to download.
or you can download the files easily (and faster) from iTunes U before the end of the week because they are being cut then.
2) Download and check off that this film series doc and check it hasn’t been downloaded in that area:
@BobToms100 has suggested you might also use www.getright.com to throttle up downloads from TTV in tandem with Firefox’s Flashgot app that works with Getright. But bear in mind it only downloads the lower resolution films… Correction GetRight allows you to control the download speed.
3) Go to the Google Docs page and check it hasn’t already been downloaded:
People can pick a “series” and mark this off before adding to the detail sheet. To quote Penny:
“The main categories are huge and have much overlap – the series do not have any overlap.“
So that can help you determine and winnow what you want to download.
4) Download the TeachersTV file if you are a Teachers TV subscriber using the tools above or just right clicking. Or use the faster methods outlined in 2) above.
Be sure to check you can download the film under the right license :
See here for details: http://saveteacherstvvideos.wikispaces.com/
5) Fill in the spreadsheet with your file details and your contact details. Make sure first that the Video File is under the Creative Archive Licence as well.
6) Check that someone isn’t duplicating your effort by already working through a series – see Penny’s doc above.
Five people have already managed to download almost a tenth of the 3,500 files on there – your one download could spread the load of work.
Remember we now only have 6 days to do this.
Yes, sure the Vids will be streamed by some third party organisation in the future for free but how can we ensure we take control of this resource now in the community for the community’s benefit in a way that truly works?
This will show the power of the network and how ICT can be used quickly and efficiently.
Thank you in advance.
Thank you to all the people who have donated:
Dawn Hallybone, Gideon Williams, Anne Fielder, Jackie Berry, DrBob (Teacher -West London), Robert Rollins, Jen Kenny, Sinclair Mackenzie, Stuart Swann, Colin Revell, Carol Rainbow, Heather Marshall, Alexander Bellars,Theo Kuechel, Penny Patterson (Twice and she’s downloaded over 150 films), Dale Jones, John Heffernan, Alan Stewart, Ceri Williams, Kevin Mc Laughlin, Lara Savory, William Gibbon, Rosemary Slosek.
If I have missed anyone out please let me know.
UPDATE: And thank you to all the people currently beavering away at downloading the videos and filling in the spreadsheet – especially – @AmandaWilson169, @mrmackenzie, Gregory Canderson, @CLaireJoanne35 and Stuart Swann – you are all amazing people working late into the night on Easter Weekend!!!!!
Immense thanks to :
Bill Gibbon, Dan (@moodledan), Penny Patterson, RIchard Anderson – who have all downloaded almost a tenth of the archive already and filling in their efforts on the Google Spreadsheet.
In the event that the DropBox cannot be used we’ll refund the donations or seek a workaround and consult everyone.
The main thing at the moment is that the films are downloaded and information about who has them should be shared as quickly as possible.
Once again thanks to everyone who has given their time on this so far. The response has been amazing!
For years people have been saying how useful is ICT? – well now is the time to show them, perhaps? It will, at the very least, give a strong message to the powers that be, how socially agile ICT teachers are and how organised.
Latest addition – I have started a Wiki about the licensing – that tells you what is safe to download and what isn’t – please keep all debates there (http://saveteacherstvvideos.wikispaces.com/) and on the #saveTTV hashtag on Twitter or with the #saveTTV in other blogs.
Thanks to everyone for an amazing day.