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The TEACH Act has widen the rights of teachers in the classroom. Online classroom are now allow to post approved documents, images, and videos to learning modules and teacher websites. Whereas face-to-face classroom can print copies of such resources and share them with students. There were so many limitations on what could be used, duplicated etc. The TECH Act defines reasonable use of materials and educational resources for teachers. Although, Copyright Laws are always at the forefront of our minds, it is very difficult to hesitate to use other professional masterpieces in order to impart educational knowledge into our student. Sometime, textbooks, and articles are not enough to service our needs in the classroom. Whether we are in a face-to-face classroom or online, teacher resources would be limited without these provisions provided in the TEACH Act. Fair use is a topic that is not clearly defined when it comes to copyright infringements. It is always best to use those designated resources in Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources. When you are not sure, ask for permission.
What are Open Educational Resources? Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use. It is available on the Worldwide Web for teachers, students or even self-learners.
Examples of OER:
- full courses
- course modules
- homework assignments
- lab and classroom activities
- pedagogical material
Creative Commons: Is a non-profit organization that hosts the enabling of sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through use of free legal tool called licenses. There are 4 types of Licenses and they are adjustable according to the author of the license. As Educators we must be aware of copyright laws as well and when it is ok for students to use copyrighted works. Thanks to the CC there is a place of free will, where students and teachers can go to enhance their educational experiences.
Types of Licenses:
- Attribution: One must give credit in the way it was requested in the Common Creative Commons License.
- Non-Commercial: Others can use, copy, modify, if stated in your work if the work will be used for commercial use.
- Share Alike: Others can copy, distribute, perform, display, modify if stated ones work, but must get permission first
- No Derivatives: One can copy, distribute, and perform works of original copies only, but must first get permission.
I use Glogster to authentically assess students understanding of a lesson or concept. Using Glogster differentiate assessments by allowing students to take ownership of their learning and to demonstrate in engaging and unique way that the corresponding standards have been mastered. The following activity covered multiple subjects and the objective was to explain something a group of students learned and create a video using a Paper Slide Show to present the what they learn. Then 5 groups had to share their video and create a Glogster with the videos.
- Your groups should select one lesson or activity you learned this week from any of your classes and create Paper Slide Show explaining what you learned.
- After creating your Paper Slide Show, use the document camera to present your slide show. Each team member must participate in presenting the slide show (Roles: all team member must narrator and 1 slide presenter. take turns as the slide presenter when not narrating)
- After recording your Paper Slide Show, collaborate with 4 other groups and create a Glogster with your slide shows. Each group videos should be included in the Glogster. Participating groups can include: Other groups for the same class, other groups from another class, groups from another grade, groups from another subject area, etc.
- Post your link to your Glogster in the eClass discussion board named Paper Slide Show Project (One person only from each group should post the link to their group’s discussion board). Include the names of the other groups and members in the text.
I used the Formative website to provide interactive responses with copy right free documents students that are traditionally written on with pencil or pen. There are a variety of options to allow students to respond to identified items. Real-time observation is provide while the students are completing the assignment. While students are complete the assignment, I can provide feedback or grade each item as they work on them.
- Desire 2 Learn (D2L) – An interactive LMS where students and teacher can create, engage, collaborate, assess, and share ideas.
- Poll Everywhere – A Response System that serves as Discussion starter for debates. Teachers can create surveys polls questions. Texting responses are permitted via web or twitter up to 40 free text. No special software is needed to be installed for use of Poll Everywhere. In addition, teachers can post links, view results which are anonymous because each student is given a code.
- Prezi – An interactive presentation tools that allow you to zoom, create story lines, view galleries, exploration. Students and teachers can create attention getting presentations that are beyond the traditional slide show presentations. Free with options to pay for upgrade features.
- Google G Suites – A suite of tools that all teachers and students to create authenticate activities, collaborate, and provide real-time engagement. Google G Suites can be use to type research papers, save resources, share files, work on documents with others in real-team, create and take surveys or quizzes. Free for education.
- Formative – A real-time engaging platform that transform any document into an interactive document. Teachers can provide students options to respond to the each item. The response can viewed in real-time and provide instant feedback and grading. Free tool
Websites that exemplifies sound design ideals:
Safari Montage – SAFARI Montage provides K–12 districts with an integrated Learning Object Repository to manage individual digital resources, Video Streaming Library, and IPTV & Live Media Streaming, designed to handle video efficiently. The platform is IMS certified and inter-operable with and is the foundation for all major Learning Management Systems. The full suite of integrated modules provides a single interface for users to access and manage all digital, visual resources from within the school district network or from home.
Discovery Education – Enriched with Images, sound and Interactive tools. Discovery Education partners with districts to deliver a customized suite of tools to accelerate student achievement. Teachers can set up classrooms and register students. Student must have an assigned password given by the teacher in order to access the site information and its content. Discovery Education is a repository for media, lesson plans, and article.
LearnZillion – A curriculum service offering, digital curricular materials, enterprise platform, and professional services to teachers
PBS Kids – Enriched with Images, sound and Interactive tools. PBS is one of America’s Largest Classroom, the Nation’s Largest Stage and a Trusted Window to the World. An educational interactive tool where student engage to gain mastery in content areas.
Soft School – Image enriched, interactive games and sound. Soft Schools provide free math, grammar, science, and social studies games and worksheets. Lots of sound, kid friendly.
NBC Learn – Images, and a Video Enrichment. NBC News has been documenting the people, places, and events that shape our world. NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, is dedicated to making these historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students, and parents.
Turtle Dairy – Images and Interactive tools. All online kids games featured at TurtleDiary.com are designed to bring out the best in kids and help them solve problems faster. Whether the need is to consolidate Math fundamentals or take the first step towards learning the English language with an ABC game, our online kids games listing features an extensive variety of games that are especially designed to help your kids with all streams of elementary education.
Websites that are not sound design ideals:
Khan Academy – Very basic images and not sound on design. Khan Academy is non-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
www.superkids.com : Not big on graphics or sound but rich in content. It is an interactive tool for both students and teachers. Teachers can create worksheet, and other assessment material. Students can play games and get immediate feedback.
Xtra Math – XtraMath is a nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Their goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive and intrinsically supplemental math activities. Not so fancy but kid friendly. Free of charge.
Comparison and Contrast of 2 Website Designs:
What should be included in the Content Map?
The following should be included in a Content Map:
- Content (text, discussions, images, multimedia)
What aspects of online learning and technology are essential to integrate in the process?
When developing a lesson for online learning, the following aspects should be considered when creating the concept map:
- The objectives (standards) of the lesson
- Relevance and quality of the activities and assessments
- differentiation of activities and assessments
- Pacing (schedule)
The following technology should also be considered:
- Simplicity of the content
- Web tools used to create or submit activities
- Visual quality of the content
- Continuity of the lesson and unit