edWeb.net–favorite site of the year??

If you aren’t familiar with edweb.net “where the education community meets,” take a tour. This is a social network that belongs in the “must experience” category of your web life for those involved in education.

EdWeb has communities that you can join;  I belong to communities such as Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program and Amazing Resources for Educators. “Using Emerging Technology . . .” has put on two phenomenal webinars this summer. They provided great ideas for my library program and perhaps just as importantly gave me a place to meet other librarians from around the country to share thoughts/ideas/questions. The “Amazing Resources for Educators” community provides excellent, free e-newsletters too. If you’re an ELL/ESL teacher, for example, this community has an ELL newsletter; subscribe to it by clicking on the link to subscribe the ELL e-newsletter in the “Amazing Resources for Educators” community. (Note that if you click on the “Amazing Resources for Educators” link in the previous sentence, you’ll be prompted to sign in or create an account on edweb. Do create an account in edweb; it’s free and I promise you, you will be so happy that you joined. Resources galore for teaching!)

If you are a teacher, librarian, or school administrator, I highly recommend edWeb.net. I’m going to be searching all year for a site that I will like better than edWeb as a resource for educators. I doubt that I’ll find one. Did I mention that an account on edWeb is FREE?

Film Use in Classroom and Copyright

Meris Stansbury’s “New copyright law affects educators”

“Higher-ed film students get exemption; K-12, other studies left out”

If you don’t have time to read Stansbury’s whole article, here’s how the new ruling affects K-12 teachers/students:

“Students can rip movie excerpts legally, but only if they are film/media studies majors–meaning students in subjects like history and sociology still won’t have the exemption. K-12 students and teachers are still also at a disadvantage.

The Copyright Office deemed K-12 teachers and students ineligible for exemption, and indicated that they should instead use only screen captures of a film, because K-12 doesn’t need access to visually high-quality clips.” Not so sure that I agree with the Copyright Office’s logic.

To clarify, what K-12 teachers and students can legally do with film:

“According to Hobbs, if K-12 students or teachers are using clips to create a new work for purposes of comment and criticism, and they have a real need for higher-quality clips, they can legally rip video excerpts as long as they are for noncommercial purposes. This non-commercial exemption will enable elementary and secondary students and teachers to create and remix videos legally under these limitations.”

The article also mentions screen capture tools such as Camtasia and Jing (has a free version).

In order to read the full article at the link above, you will need to create an account (free) at eschoolnews.com. e School News is an excellent site that provides “Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator.