It has been really interesting to watch Old Aunties attempts to embrace the possibilities of web2.0 and participatory culture. My favourite show on the one-way-box “Q&A” is an excellent example.


It is very engaging to watch the video mash-ups submitted by pensioners and students alike, and hearing the challenging questions from the audience. Even just to to catch random glimpses of polarised politics such as Germaine Greer declaring to Julie Bishop “but I am an animal!” is great viewing.

Wouldn’t it be great for Australian students of all ages to be able to share and apply Creative Commons licences to their work.  So much self-esteem can be gained from giving kids a stage for their ideas and an audience beyond the school walls.  I hope the Digital Education Revolution team leverages the ideas ABC is leading the way with.

Another example is Pool - a social media project developed by ABC Radio National. It’s a place to share your creative work with the Pool community and ABC producers - upload music, photos, videos, documentaries, interviews, animations and more. It’s a collaborative space where audiences become makers.

Students, for example, could upload their own work whether it’s text, audio, image or video and download other people’s work to build upon or remix.

PoolPool has a big focus on sharing, and offers the full suite of CC licences for uploaders. After a casual (and completely non-scientific) count, it looks like a good portion, if not most, of the works being uploaded to the site are under CC licences. And some of them are absolute rippers - like Red Thread, Huni Bolliger’s moving animation for her father who is suffering from dementia. Or the fabulous series of bird call recordings uploaded for remixing by Jane Ulman. The list goes on and on.

  • You can find Pool’s official press release here.
  • CCau’s full posting about Pool is here.
  • Or listen to the Media Report interview with Pool Executive Producer, Sherre Delys, where she discusses their decision to go with CC licensing.

iViewA more top-down approach is ABC’s iView which gives fullscreen broadband playback after the show is broadcast, or the podcast is available in iTunes.  Nice touch by iiNet to make the downloads unmetered.  I wonder if 51% government owned Telstra will dare follow!

So my question is: if other government departments like the ABC can embrace Creative Commons why can’t the education sector - see the post below?

Have fun