Did you know that even when using the "fair use" clause to print off resources you find on the internet, you cannot just print an infinite number of copies for all classes and all semesters? Teachers often think that fair use gives them carte blanche to do this; however, that is not at all the case. And if you need more proof, look no further than Houston Independent School District. They were just ordered to pay a $9.2 million fine for the blatant disregard of copyright that had been clearly included on a set of study guides the district purchased from a small company. If after having read that article, you still don't believe it couldn't happen to you, know that it can.
If you are uncertain about when you can and cannot use copyrighted material as instructional resources, there is a huge about of information online to guide your decision. Here's a Common Sense Media video that briefly discusses this important and often overlooked issue:
I have to admit – I don’t Tweet! But maybe I should. Is it just another way...
This is an extension of a post I included in a recent members-only Friday News Brief. However, I feel the topic is worth repeating, as the methods you choose for communicating with your staff, board and the public at large are critical to ensuring all interested parties stay informed of important school and district information.
Sometimes that is easier said than done, especially in education. My analogy for this is Chocolate Cake--and why not? Everyone (or 99.2% of the folks I know) likes chocolate cake!
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