I was not aware of all the copyright laws when it comes to the classroom. I am aware of copyright laws in general, but never thought that it would apply to the classroom. Since reading about it, I have been much more thoughtful about what I should use. It has taught me that I should use the AEA Online Resources because they have already filtered through the information. It will make my task easier as far as what I should and should not use. I have always assumed that if it was for the good of my class, I could use it. I will be more careful as far as what I should and should not use. I assumed that if I wasn't using it for profit or trying to take credit for it, that it would be ok to use. I think this is a topic that many teachers are not aware of.
The copyright module was very helpful in trying to solidify what is acceptable practices and what is not. I felt as though I was pretty confident and competent when it came to written materials. I may not have known the name of the law behind the rules but I was aware of what my limits were. I feel like this is largely the case because until recently we have been more linked to written literature. What I felt was the most interesting/informational was how the rules apply to audio and visual materials. The Creative Commons and how it affects a classroom. I think one of the major issues that students need to be aware of is how they use google images to find pictures for projects. I feel like the majority of people feel that these images are free for the taking and thus need to educated about proper protocol. I also feel like students may need further training when embedding videos in certain class projects. I know many teacher websites that have embedded videos as well that probably are unaware of protocol that goes with embedment of videos.
As an educator, I was aware that there were copyright laws, but was actually ignorant regarding them. I knew that there were pages I could not copy for whole class use and that one couldn't claim a song or music that someone else had composed. Being able to use AEA Online as a resource will allow me access to a lot of material that I had thought to be prohibited. Thanks to the resources provided, I can feel comfortable and reassured that the sources I intend to use are safe and legal. As I recall some of the things I copied for the classroom, I am wondering how much in violation of copyright laws I actually was. Using the AEA resources will be a safeguard as I continue to use these in the learning and teaching in the classroom.
I always felt daunted by copyright laws which made me extremely leary to look for things on the internet to use in my lessons. However, after reading through I realize it is not nearly as restrictive as I originally thought. I feel much more comfortable looking through the AEA resources knowing that everything there is available for me to use as well as not having to worry about it be restricted by the school.
The copyright module was very interesting. I feel like a lot of people know or are aware of copyright, but not necessary all the rules and consequences behind using a resource that is copyrighted. I wasn’t aware of all the different copyright limitations such as Classroom Use, the TEACH act, and Fair Use. Even though I teach preschool age, I really think grade level students need to be aware of what copyright is. Many students just go to Google for images or use songs from YouTube. I think this is why sharing the digital resources from Iowa AEA online would be very beneficial.
After taking this course, I have realized that the best way to have my students use online resources is to use the AEA Online Resources. For example, when the students use iClipart for their travel brochures, I will now have the confidence that they are using pictures correctly. It will also be beneficial for them to use CultureGrams when designing their travel brochures because then I know where the information came from and I will also know that they are getting the latest and correct up to date information. I will also show my students how they need to cite any information that is not their own. I also like how I can show the students Soundzabound so that they can use royalty free music for their videos that they produce each quarter for me. I always thought I understood the copyright laws but after taking this course, I realized that there was so much that I didn't know. I know that I will go back to the module and refer to that often so that I can teach the students the right way to do things so that they don't ever do something wrong and get in trouble for it.
i had very little understanding of the copyright laws and how they affected my classroom and the projects we would do. After going through the copyright module, i have a better understand. I would like to do a bit more research to further my understanding. I do like that when i am on Iowa AEA online, that I do not have to worry about them. From now on, i will use Iowa AEA online as the main resource for the projects that i work with in the classroom.
After reading through all the copywriter materials, I feel both nervous and relieved. Mostly relieved. Every computer class I have taken in the last few years would scare me to death. I was afraid someone would show up at the school and throw me in jail, even though I was doing everything right. The six standards helped explain all the does and don'ts of copywritten material and how to use it. I like that this is included in the research materials on the websites, so it is easier to determine if it can be used. I found out that it is not as strict as I was lead to believe. I feel more comfortable in both my use and my student's use of materials. It will be hard to have my students switch over to using this site because they are so used to googling everything. In their minds, it is "just faster". I need to explain that the AEA search has taken all the questions of reliability out for them and there is no doubt if it is true or not. I will have my students use more of the programs in the AEA online program to avoid any thoughts of misuse of materials. This resource has done a lot to help educators to help students avoid copywriter infringement and helped lessen the burden of teachers having to ask permission for everything. I am so glad I took this class, it has opened up a lot of new resources for my students and me.
After completing the copyright section of the course, I felt I gained a great deal of insight on copyright in general and what it means for me as an educator. I liked how the course explained the different issues within the topic of copyright too. I have a better understanding of how my students and I can or cannot use copyrighted material in the classroom.
The Fair Use and Classroom Use sections of this course put my mind at ease, regarding many of the materials I use in my classroom. On the other hand, this course also reminded me of how serious copyright restrictions are and how important it is to be aware of these regulations and the rights of the creators.
I know that I will be using the Iowa AEA Online resources more often now to locate classroom materials online. The site offers many ways to access materials for me to use with my students, without the added worry of copyright issues.