Sarah,There's a lot of things we as educators do on a normal basis, because our school's budget is so low. What are the other options teachers can do so they won't have a copyright infringement? It just seems educators do not have the options due to money.Julie
First and foremost, educators are given special considerations for their classroom use. Looking at the chart on http://www.halldavidson.net/chartshort.html you can see that there are ways that you may use materials in your classroom. Many times you should be able to use materials in your room. If you believe that you are violating copyright, you could always contact the creator and ask for permission.
This is actually really interesting stuff. It is something I never thought about asking. My rule of thumb is if the children need it to help them make progress then I use it. I am just careful about sending certain things home. I feel that as teachers we have alittle bit of wiggle room. As long as we are only using the materials for a small group or one class set we should be fine. I think it is a bigger issue when you are using something school wide or county wide. As for the rule of what I make belonging to the school system, that is a joke. If they provided me with all the materials I needed then I wouldn't have to make so much stuff. If I made it, it is mine and I'm taking it with me when I go! Just my opinion though. I think many would agree!
Shelby, I definitely agree with you. I make many different things and to have that become the property of the school/school district is asinine. Then again, how are they going to find out?
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