Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Progressive Phonics - Free eBooks for Teachers, Parents, and Students

Progressive Phonics is a free series of ebooks that teachers and parents can use to help their students learn to read and write. Progressive Phonics offers free ebooks that cover everything from learning the alphabet to learning to write to learning the construction of words and sentences. As the name implies, Progressive Phonics arranges the series of free ebooks to build upon each other. Progressive Phonics has removed the requirement to register on the site before using the free ebooks.

Applications for Education
Progressive Phonics could be an excellent free resource for anyone tasked with teaching children how to read and write. The directions for the activities in the books that I downloaded appear to be very clear so as to very accessible to young learners. 

Videos and Guides to Copyright & Creative Commons

In my previous post I shared the copyright flowchart created by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Meryl Zeidenberg. I am planning to share that chart along with the following videos and guides in a video creation workshop that I am facilitating on Wednesday morning.

Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft tells the story of a photographer who uses Creative Commons licensing on her images. (Note, Common Craft does require a license to download and embed videos as I have done here).


The following video does a nice job of explaining many of the nuances of copyright as it applies to educators. While the explanations are given for a collegiate setting they could be applied to K-12 too. The video is embedded below.


Copyright on Campus was produced by the Copyright Clearance Center which is a for-profit organization. That is probably why the video lacks a balanced discussion of section 107 of Title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States. Rather than making you go look it up, I've pasted the content of section 107 below.

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

The Copyright Foundation offers a thirteen page guide (link opens PDF) to Copyright for Educators. Included in the guide is a glossary of important terms. At the end of the guide you will also find some lesson plans that are available on the Copyright Foundation's curriculum pages.

For helping students learn about Copyright Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright is a use resource produced by the Library of Congress. Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright is intended to help elementary school students understand the purposes and functions of copyright.

YouTube's Copyright School is a four minute video with a few multiple choice questions at the end.

Confused About Copyright? Check This Chart

Determining whether or not you can re-use media found on the web can be a tricky process. Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Meryl Zeidenberg have created a nice flowchart that you can follow to determine if you can re-use a work that you have found on the web. The chart includes some good explanations of fair use cases. My favorite aspect of the chart is the explanation of fair use as it relates to putting copyrighted content onto a classroom or school website. Click here to view and download the whole chart to use in your classroom (follow the Creative Commons license guidelines) or preview it below.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)

This is a guest post from Lisa Johnson of EdTechTeacher.org, an advertiser on this blog.

While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon the Photo Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that.

Applications for Recreation

Transform your photos into mapped masterpieces with textual anecdotes, pics, and actual maps of places you visit. While map styles and formats change, each Photo Mapo masterpiece can include a photo, a textual blurb, and a map highlighting location data. As much of my summer is devoted to speaking engagements and delivering professional learning app-ortunities to educators, I thought it only fitting to include a sample to promote one of these events, The EdTechTeacher Summit, where I will be leading an exploration of S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR.

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Applications for the Classroom

Research origins of famous people, historical figures, or events, and create a Photo Mapo to capture content in a visual manner. Consider assembling all student-created Photo Mapos in Book Creator FREE and add audio narration to create a historical travel guide or class travelogue. Take app-smashing to the next level and use Photo Mapo to create Augmented Reality postcards detailing facts about countries and landmarks. Visit EngageTheirMinds.com for additional classroom integration ideas for this little digital gem. Truly, the instructional app-lications are endless. Imagine using this app with World Language students to practice contextual vocabulary in different languages or English teachers mapping the travels of a character from a novel. For more inspiration, scroll through Photo Mapo’s Facebook page.

Lisa Johnson is the author of the TechChef4u blog and will be keynoting Keystone’s Technology Integration Conference with Richard Byrne June 18th, 2014. To learn more from Lisa Johnson, you can hear her at the July 28-30 EdTechTeacher Summit. She will also be teaching a three day iPad Classroom workshop in Austin, TX this August.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

The original Tigger. 
Good afternoon from New York City where I spent the day exploring the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the neat things I saw at the NYPL was a display of the stuffed animals at inspired the writing of Winnie The Pooh. This was my first time in either of the buildings since I was teenager so it was nice to revisit with a new perspective on what I was seeing. If you get the chance to visit either the Met or NYPL, do it. If you cannot visit in-person, both organizations offer nice online resources for students too.

Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you're doing something fun too.

Here are these week's most popular posts:
1. 30,000+ Images of Art and Artifacts to Download and Re-use for Free
2. Essay Map Provides Step-by-Step Help for Constructing Essays
3. A Short Example of the Benefits of Classroom Blogs
4. Finding Hidden Sugar
5. Show Students How Far a Dollar Used to Stretch With this Economics Calculator
6. Augment - A Platform for Sharing 3D Models in Augmented Reality
7. What is the World Wide Web? And How Does It Work? - Two Good Explanations

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