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:
In my mind, this time of the year always brings some reflection. As you wind down and then start a fresh calendar year, there are always items you find you will never repeat as well as those you want to introduce.
How true is that? Rhetorical question, I know BUT after three weeks of taking a break from my blog musings, I am ready to start anew. And yes, I have discovered some little things that have made my life happy!
I know I have done a blog on this before, but I have to share that it was so refreshing to see over 300 educators give up a Saturday to attend the OU Ipadpalooza to learn how to keep their classroom “fresh” and current using today’s technology.