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?

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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.

Common Sense Media, eSchool News, BWi’s Title Tales, and Transliteracy

Thanks to the “geniuses/counselors” at the Danbury Apple Store for an excellent, FREE, movie-making camp for my oldest son and one of his buddies this week. They even provided parents with a free program about how to use the parental controls feature on Macintosh computers. Another tip I learned from Valerie diLorenzo (yes, there is  another Valerie diLorenzo who did the instruction for parents and then she helped out with the camp too) was Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media gives reviews of all sorts of media (movies, games, Websites, TV, music, books, etc.) I like their Ten Common Sense Beliefs too. Our children/tweens/teens will use all sorts of media throughout their lives. As a teacher and a parent, I feel it is imperative that, as best as we possibly can, we teach them how to be safe and make good choices when using media.

eSchool News is offering a free one-year subscription to educators. (I signed up to receive this at the Rumsey Library.) eSchool News provides “Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator.”

Marissa Ciullo, Children’s Librarian in CT, recommends BWi’s Title Tales. She found out about it from Linda Williams (of Willimantic Library Service Center–another of my favorite people/libraries). Ciullo writes about BWi’s Title Tales:

“BWI sells books, but you can join and still use its book review service for free. . . The service is called Title Tales. . . . You can search for a specific title or by subject and find books that have been published in the past few years. Many of them have several reviews from places like Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly, which you can compare all at once. It’s extremely useful!”

What is transliteracy?