Episode 108 – Trademark Tim goes to Graceland


Tim, Tony and Patrick are discussing Trademark and intellectual property issues in schools and the WriteLab service that helps improve student writing. Check out the talking points below.

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Intellectual Property and Schools
a. Link: http://hackeducation.com/2015/01/14/openness-and-ownership/ by Audrey Waters of Hackeducation
b. Link: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/1/10883856/fine-bros-entertainment-react-world-licensing by Vlad Savov of The Verge
c. The Fine Brothers trademarked “React” and YouTubers lost their minds
d. Update: They abandoned their attempts
e. Should schools go about trademarking units/lesson plans?
f. Should teachers/students be worried of this trend?
g. Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
h. TES: https://www.tes.com/us/

Write Lab – AI and the path to better writing a. Link:http://hechingerreport.org/robo-reader-redux-can-a-curious-computer-improve-student-writing/
b. Is this a threat to teachers? Are we becoming obsolete?
c. How long until something like this is widespread and accurate? Acquisition opportunity for Google/Apple/Microsoft
d. $5 Per Semester, Per student – Current Promotion e. Hemingway App:http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

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Copyright and Fair Use – Part 1 – What can I do?


Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I have a confession. As a teacher, I have broken the law . . . on more than one occasion too! I am guilty but in my defense I simply didn’t know the law. Now, I didn’t invade someone’s privacy, cause bodily harm to another person or commit grand larceny.

No, I am talking about copyright infringement. I’ve used images, music and video without permission and I’m working to correct it. I didn’t do maliciously or even knowingly.

What was the problem? There is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion surrounding this area and rightfully so. It’s not so cut and dry and what you can do as a private citizen and what you can do as a teacher in the name of education are different.

Read on past the break to get a quick overview of what copyright is, what fair use is and quick PDF of what you can and cannot do in your classroom. For the record, I am getting most of my information and images below from the Electronic Frontier website on teaching copyright.

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Podcast episode 57 – Technopanic! – February 21, 2013



This episode is a keeper folks. A real humdinger! Check out the agenda below.

  1. Jeff Jarvis and “Technopanic” – Read Tony’s post about it here and watch Jeff on the BBC here
    1. Institutions being informed
    2. Technopanic in schools & homes
  2. Copyright and issues in education – A chart to help us
    1. Have you ever broken the law?
    2. Here is a unit on teaching copyright from the Electronic Frontier
  3. Shout out to Cameron Pittman and his blog http://physicswithportals.com/
    1. Do we have any questions for him?
  4. Why Confusion Can Be a Good Thing – by Annie Murphy Paul at Mind/Shift
    1. People hate this feeling
    2. How to get teachers doing this more?
  5. Single Missions vs Swarm Logic – Tony’s post
  6. How do you Google?
    1. Less is more
    2. Any tips tricks?

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