Teachers are always looking for great materials to use in their classrooms, but it’s important to know a few things about copyrights in order to avoid infringing on them. You no doubt have heard about public domain material, which most people assume means you can feel free to use it however you wish. This article will provide a more nuanced understanding of public domain materials and what teachers should know about them.
Anyone who is a teacher knows just how much really goes into teaching. On a good day, it can be a hard and rewarding job. When you are the one responsible for molding the up-and-coming teachers, however, there is an added pressure. Whether you are a veteran teacher or a newbie, it never hurts to go over some basic, solid teaching advice.
While I was working on my MFA, I taught English 101 and 102 to college students (plus a few upper-level creative writing courses and senior capstone projects). Though I decided to take a different path in my career once I earned my degree, I’ll always be grateful for the time I spent in those classrooms. I had only just graduated from college myself and was sometimes younger than some of my students, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t really “over” being an undergraduate student yet.
How often do you notice that students are dissatisfied or annoyed because of their educators? Was it because they were too strict or unfair? There is a long list of educators’ personality traits that irritate even the most patient students. However, you also know the old saying, “If you try to please all, you will please none.”
Currently it seems that “plagiarism” has become the new trend among many of the famous filmmakers, artists or writers. The moment their scenarios, films and books grow in popularity, the fans are confused by the fact that something they truly believed to have been created by their “favorite” was just another duplication. At the same time, there are many who would like to take advantage of someone else’s achievements.
Pop quiz: What is one of the biggest problems that e-learning courses face? It might shock you to hear that it’s plagiarism. According to a May 5, 2015 article on iSpring, “A recent study of academic journal articles revealed that more than 68% of articles researchers surveyed qualified as plagiarized.” Though plagiarism is quickly spreading, those hardest hit are often the e-learning sites, like Coursera. So why the sudden boom in copied work?
Have you run out of ideas on how to teach your students? It happens. You know that it’s practically impossible to stay creative and full of ideas when you have thousands of tasks to do – creativity is possible when you have time to think everything over.
Students use online tools daily for personal needs. Why not use them for teaching, then? Digital tools aren’t just entertaining, they suggest new approaches and solutions when used with skill. What is even more important, they make teachers’ lives a lot easier. Why is that? Let’s check this out.