Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Podcast Episode 008: Copyright Tips for the Classroom

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In this episode: Copyright Tips for the Classroom

Episode 008: Copyright in the Classroom 

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Copyright In the Classroom
April 03, 2018 E.009

Intro Segment

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Welcome back! Today is our first day back from break, and I hope that all teachers had an opportunity to rest and enjoy themselves a bit in preparation for the end of the school year.

Today is our PD scholarship application deadline. If you have not already done so, please listen to Episode 006, or visit bit.ly/pdscholar to learn the details. You were also sent an email in March explaining the process. See the website for the application, rubric, and FAQs.

Our Tech survey also closes today. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to visit bit.ly/18techsurvey to provide feedback. Listen to more details in Episode 005.

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As educators, we have the freedom to use a lot of materials for educational purposes within the four walls of our classrooms. However, when we share or post information on a website or on social media, those rules may no longer apply and we are straying into the territory of copyright infringement. Just because you bought it on some worksheet sharing site doesn’t always mean you get to post it on your website. Additionally, reusing information we find in blog posts or social media in our own posts can also be illegal or at the very least bad form. So today, I’d like to give you and your students just a little advice on how to protect yourselves from copyright infringements as well as protect the original work, thoughts, and ideas of others in the process.

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First of all, when you find something online, you are usually going to be okay by embedding or sharing a link to the original source. However, sharing a link to the Google Search page where you found the quote, image or video isn’t enough. It is vitally important to do your due diligence to trace the document or image back to the original posting.

If you create a post or lesson based on something that someone else has done, it is always a good and necessary idea to give a “Hat Tip” or “Shout Out” link - which are often shortened to “H/T” or S/O” - to the original post that gave you the idea. For example, this podcast episode was inspired by a recorded video webinar on copyright featuring Richard Byrne and Beth Holland from October 18, 2017. I found the video in a Google search that brought me to a post by Richard Byrne on his blog, entitled Free Tech for Teachers, from March 14, 2018. This post included a link to a post on his other blog, Practical Ed Tech, from November 19, 2017. In that post I found the video embedded from YouTube, and clicking that link brought me to the webinar recording. So, while I’m summarizing ideas in my own words, the inspiration for the ideas was from this original video, so I would post a “H/T to Beth Holland and Richard Byrne” and include a hyperlink to that original recording. And, I would strongly encourage all educators to visit that video and watch it in its entirety to more fully understand the importance of appropriate credit when using online resources.

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Last, there are lots of place on the internet where you can get free or very low-cost resources to use with your classes. Please remember: Just because you paid for a PDF does not mean that you can post that PDF for anyone on the Internet to find and use. Always check the usage policies associated with the item carefully before posting anything on the website. Try to contact the owner or creator of the work via email if needed to make sure it’s okay. If you’re not sure, link to the site where you found it so others can find it in the same way you did, and they can pay to access it like you did.


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