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BOSON breaks down complicated circuits into simple and functional modules to make them easy to understand. The kit requires no coding or soldering and is ideally for a classroom as a STEM teaching tool, more info: https://goo.gl/hQg4jE

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Make yourself a Walking Robot with Boson, back us here: https://goo.gl/hQg4jE #Robot #STEM #ElectronicBlocks
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I have a question for somebody.  I use a video by Frank Gregario on YouTube to introduce protists.  It says on his description that it is to be "shown in Biology classrooms in middle school, high school and college as a visual Introduction to the amazing world of these tiny creatures." It also says that his videos can be downloaded for free from Vimeo.  He has not released it under CC, but it does say that it is under "Standard YouTube License". What does that mean and how would I cite something like this? 

I have been discussing with the teachers in my building usage of YouTube clips for class. One teacher said only 10 minutes of a video you don't own can be shown. Another teacher said it does not matter. My question is this: is the purpose of YouTube a way for the creator of the clip to share their work? How does YouTube fit into copyright and usage? Thank you.

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The Open Ed course teaser trailer is up... :)

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Our summer institutes have been showcased in THE Journal: http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/09/5-lessons-from-a-learning-lab.aspx #edtech #oer  Check it out!

Thanks to Royce Kimmons and the DOCEO Center at U of I for a great Open Education Resources summer institute. We learned about what resources we can legally use including Creative Commons and Copy Left which I had never heard of. It was a valuable time of collaborating with teachers from around Idaho and also a chance to play with new technology. It was one of the best conferences I've been to! I would highly recommend it to any K - 12 educators and administrators. One resource teachers were especially excited about was Symbaloo.com brought to us by Mark Fisk. It is a great way to organize all your websites. In the Symbaloo Gallery there are 2 DOCEO web mixes with a variety of free resources. One is focused on Math, the other on ELA.

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Here's a great article from Education Week on Open Education Resources and Khan Academy.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/28/27khan.h33.html

What I believe about copyrighting
            Basically, it is left up to the originator of the intellectual asset as to whether or not they want to register for copyright protection otherwise protection for an original work that has been “fixed in a tangible medium of expression” is automatically protected. But, if I want to have tangible proof that what I’ve created is indeed my original creation and I do not want someone else to claim it as theirs and they do, then without the evidence of a registered copyright, I cannot demonstrate in a court of law that someone has infringed upon my work. Filing for copyright protection is a way for someone to protect what they have produced. Whether a person wants to file for that safety measure or not is entirely up to them.
            Although the copyright laws seem a bit extreme; lasting beyond the lifetime of the originator, the law is entirely for the publisher’s benefit. If the creator of the piece of research, poetry, song, story, or drama has secured the copyright for their work, then as the law stands, it should be protected for that length of time. That is what the copyright law is about, protecting the original works fashioned by people who want their work protected. To secure a copyright is their prerogative, the length of the copyright has already been set and I don’t think that part is up for debate. 
            If someone wants to copyright their work, again it is their privilege and their entitlement. Each person has to make that decision as to whether or not they believe that their work should be officially filed for a copyright. The difference between fair use and infringement is not easy to discern. Personally, what I learned in kindergarten might apply here; don’t take what is not yours.
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