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This five-week session introduces participants to the principles of copyright and fair use with regard to creating lesson materials and gives them an opportunity to speak with a legal expert on the topic. Participants will reflect on their current practices when developing lesson materials , learn about copyright, fair use, how to use the Framework Analysis, as well as learn how to use public domain and creative commons resources, and how to manage such resources responsiblyFinally, participants will share their copyright compliant lesson plans with one another, and provide and reflect on constructive feedbackThe session will be facilitated primarily through Google+ Communities.


Target audience: 


Teachers (K-12, higher education, adult education), online and traditional educators, developers of English language teaching materials (worksheets, websites, etc.)  



TESOL-IS: Video and Digital Media



Session objectives: 

By the end of this session participants will have:


1) Reflected on and discussed the concepts of copyright and fair use

2) Used free and creative commons resources appropriately

3) Explored ways to share educational materials on the internet responsibly

4) Shared a lesson plan incorporating different types of copyrighted and public domain resources

5) Provided feedback on other participants' lesson plans



Before the session starts, participants can:


1) Join the session Google+ Community

2) Preview Week 1 resources

3) Reflect on what they know and want to know about copyright


Week 1: 


In Week 1, we will meet one another and discuss general copyright concepts.  Participants will:


1) Become familiar with our Google+ Community

2) Introduce themselves on our Google+ Community page

3) Watch videos illustrating general copyright concepts

4) Post their response to the videos and/or share any copyright questions that have come up in their work

5) Attend a Google Hangout on Air 



Week 2:


In Week 2, we'll discuss how copyright law applies to educators, including "fair use."  We'll also explore how to find and use free resources.  Participants will:


1) Share their reflections/questions about videos and readings

2) Respond to others' questions and our poll questions regarding best practices in using digital resources such as images, video, websites, blogs, and audio in the classroom 

3) Find and share free and creative commons resources on the Internet

4) Attend a Google Hangout on Air to discuss how the concepts covered this week apply to their individual teaching context



Week 3:


In Week 3, we'll discuss copyright issues in sharing resources with colleagues, in virtual classrooms, and on the Internet.  We'll apply copyright concepts to our own lesson planning and original materials.  Participants will:


1) Watch videos / complete readings 

2) Discuss responsibly posting information to the internet for educational purposes 

3) Post ideas for a copyright compliant activity, lesson plan, or student resource featuring fair use of a copyrighted work, Creative Commons resources, and/or public domain works. 

4) Attend a Google Hangout on Air and meet a legal expert on copyright laws.



Week 4:


In Week 4, participants will:


1) Explore tools for determining how to apply copyright principles to resources 

2) Share their lesson plans or activities

3) Give feedback to other participants 

4) Attend a Google Hangout on Air to present lesson plans and give feedback to others



Week 5: 


In Week 5, participants will:


1) Evaluate session

2) Reflect on peer reviewed work

3) Attend a Google Hangout on Air



Media: Learning platform - Google+ Community and Google Sites


Other technology tools: Various (e.g. Flickr, YouTube, SlideShare, etc.)






Sherrie Lee




I'm currently a PhD student at Waikato University in New Zealand. I was formerly a business communications lecturer at a polytechnic in Singapore. My research interests revolve around language, literacy and identity and how English learners adapt to their host communities. My three kids keep me busy but when I do have some me time, I love a good cuppa and conversation with friends and family. I look forward to sharing and learning more about copyright with everyone from different corners of the globe! You can find me on Twitter and Google Plus.


Melissa Pavy




I live in Aomori, Japan, which is known for delicious food and heavy snow. I teach EFL at a junior high and elementary school in a small seaside village.  In my free time I keep busy with taiko, weaving classes, and most recently, classical guitar lessons.  This winter, I want to try (again) to finally learn to snowboard.  

I've learned so much preparing for this session and I look forward to learning even more through our discussions.

Andrew Pharis



I teach ESL at Aichi Gakuin University and Gifu University in Japan. I primarily teaches English Communication and Presentation Skills. I have a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of Southern California. My research interests include learner autonomy and educational technology.

Kent Hatashita



Hi everyone! I'm really happy to be moderating this session and learning with you. I'm originally from San Diego, California and now live and work in Osaka, Japan where I'm a lecturer at Senri Kinran University. While I'm not teaching, I enjoy going to the beach, gardening, and cooking. Like you, I hope to gain a broader understanding of copyright laws and how they apply to educators. I'm looking forward to the journey

Tara Arntsen



I'm the Interim Director and an Instructor in the Academic English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota and have a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of Southern California. My primary research interests are communicative teaching methods and educational technology.



How to join this session


To join this group:


From January 5 to 11:


  1. Go to: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103149345061476051068                  
  2. Click on "Join this Group". 
  3. Wait for your membership approval.  
  4. Introduce yourself and get started on Week 1. 


The action starts on January 12, 2015!



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