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Who Owns This Work? An Overview of Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

How Do I Copyright My Own Work? According to the United States Copyright Office (2012) document “Copyright Basics,” an original work enjoys copyright protections from the time of its creation. There is no need to register it with any government office (p. 1).  The work does not need to be published. Simply put, if you made […]

Hopes, Fears, and Expectations for the First Day of School

The other day on Twitter I ran across a statement: “Any teacher who spends the first day on class rules really wants one more day of summer.” Well, it said something like that—I can’t find it now. Even though I agree with the sentiment, I have been guilty of doing just that, for years. For the past […]

Use List.ly for Interactive, Collaborative Book Lists!

Trying out @listly for my #SocialMedia class at @SJSUiSchool: Adventure Reads for Junior High https://t.co/h0j4dmNBhn @Jen_Jumba #edtechchat — Amy McMillan (@amyjmcmillan) July 2, 2016 Here’s a recent library school assignment: Try out a social media tool, one you’ve never used before. Make a Prezi with a voice over to explain how the tool works and […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #5: Multimedia Compositions

This year I tried an experiment: Instead of asking for traditional essays at the end of our final two units, I asked my students to create multimedia compositions. They still had to draft scripts to outline what they wanted to say or show. They still had to meet specific standards-based requirements. BUT their final products could […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #4: Blog Ahead!

What is a blog anyway? In a world of Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, Twitter and Pinterest, where do blogs fit in? Here’s my own working definition: A blog— Is written using web-based tools. Contains several entries organized in reverse chronological order. Is based on EITHER writer interests or some kind of central theme. […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #3: Youth Writing Contests

A sense of audience—knowing that someone beyond the teacher will read what the students have written—is crucial to the success of writing workshop.  – Nancie Atwell, In the Middle  In her book, In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents, Nancie Atwell suggests seventeen ways student writers can go public. Number one on the […]

How to Create a Class Anthology with iBooks Author

This year I decided to try iBooks to publish student memoirs. Why iBooks? Here are some of my reasons: My school district will probably go 1:1 with iPads for students this year or next, so I wanted to practice using an iOS-specific app like iBooks. While you can only read the iBook version on an iPhone, […]