We made it! Education 407 was more of a challenging course for me than I anticipated; although in hindsight, I am very thankful for how much I’ve learned. I am exiting with a much deeper understanding of several aspects of technology specific to the classroom that I was completely unaware of. Now with the knowledge of how to operate different features of Google, utilize programs to record my lectures, and navigate on the computer, I feel much more equipped to help others learn the same tools. There have been several opportunities in this class to put to use what we’ve learned and I have thoroughly enjoyed the assignments and tasks. Each one was very thought provoking and could be used in many ways for teaching in the classroom setting. Our world is becoming more and more dependent on technology and I trust this class updated me on a lot of things that will actually make life easier as a teacher. It feels great to know detailed information about programs such as WordPress, Screencasting, and Wiki’s. I not only know background information about them, but also can create what they were designed to help build. It was very encouraging and eye opening because I wouldn’t necessarily call myself “tech-savvy.” Perhaps my favorite part of this course though was the weekly blog entries. I found in interesting to catch up on how everyone else in the class was doing and how they interpreted a certain topic. I also enjoyed the writing portion of it explaining my thoughts and my opinion on each module. It even got me interested in starting a personal blog! When I revisit the learning outcomes of this class, I recall how foreign the terms used to look and feel so thankful and blessed to look back at those same terms and be able to confidently approach each one. Overall, I am very excited to put these skills to use in my own classroom very soon!
Copyright may be defined as “the legal right granted to an author, a composer, a playwright, a publisher, or a distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.”
Copyright laws are based on the belief that anyone who creates an original, tangible work deserves to be compensated for that work, that compensation encourages more creative works, and that society as a whole benefits from the creative efforts of its members. Copyright laws, therefore, are designed to protect a creator’s right to be compensated and to control how his or her work is used.
Up until this point, I was not familiar with many of the copyright laws. Thus, this module was very informative and helpful as I begin my career in education. I was aware of the basic copyright laws that essentially give credit where it is due but was surprised at the urgency of this topic. Specifically, I would assume that copyright law will have a major effect on education in the future. Especially with the growing usage of technology in the classroom, both teachers and students may run in to some difficulty when researching, citing works, or in their writing. There are several rules to be aware of so that these laws are not violated.
Most experts in copyright law recommend to assume a work is copyrighted and to always ask for permission to use it. A common mistake by both students and educators alike is the belief that utilizing quotation marks will suffice and nullify any misuse of copyright law. Experts say if you properly quote or credit an author’s works, there is no way to be accused of plagiarism.