I feel confident in my ability to use technology to implement my teaching to the benefit of my students. The following examples of my work and capabilities ought to give you a sample of how I will be able to use technology to teach and, in particular, how I can display successful use of the Virginia Technology standards for teachers.
1. Demonstrate effective use of a computer system and utilize computer software.
- I am capable of using an Excel gradebook.
- I have managed various statistics databases.
2. Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology.
- In particular, I am well-versed in using Microsoft Word functions.
3. Apply computer productivity tools for professional use.
- In particular, I am experienced at using Powerpoint presentations and other programs to enhance my students' classroom learning experiences.
4. Use electronic technologies to access and exchange information
- For instance, I am capable of using Mail Merge to communicate with parents, regarding their children's performance.
5. Identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional hardware and software.
- For example, I am able to use Camtasia to present information in audio-visual ways.
6. Use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision making, communication, and presentation within the curriculum.
- For example, I can use Audacity to present information in an auditory way.
7. Plan and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings.
- I create webquests and use other various educational computer programs such as games and Smart Board technology to engage my students.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues relating to the use of technology.
- I understand that it is very important for teachers to practice the same integrity and trustworthiness that they expect from their students.
The following chart will answer these and other questions:
1. Can I copy an article from the internet and hand it out to my class?
a. Yes, most of the time. Most text (articles), images, etc. posted online are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN. This means that unless there is copyright on the webpage, they are available for free use. HOWEVER, it is best to exercise great caution and always CITE YOUR SOURCES when you get information online, to prevent legal complications
2. Am I allowed to show a video clip off the internet in class?
a. You may use 10% of the source, or 3 minutes… whichever is LESS.
3. Am I allowed to show a rented DVD in class?
a. If the DVD is related directly to what you are teaching in class, you are not using it for entertainment, it is just you and your class at a regularly scheduled meeting time, and the DVD you are showing is legally obtained, then yes.
4. Am I allowed to photocopy a workbook activity and hand it out to my class?
a. No, workbooks are copy protected
5. Am I allowed to hand out a copy of a poem for my class to read?
a. Yes, as long as you copy no more than 3 poems by one author or 5 poems from different authors in the same collection, and only hand out ONE copy of the poem per student.
Copyright laws for teachers
Type of Material
How much can I use?
Chapter from book
Article from Periodical
- No more than 1 copy per student
- 10% of the total source OR 1000 words (whichever is LESS material)
- An entire poem of less than 250 words
-- No more than 3 poems by the same poet
-- No more than 5 poems by different poets in the same anthology
- Poems that exceed 250 words
--No more than 3 excerpts from 1 poet
-- No more than 5 excerpts from different poets in the same work
- No more than 10% of the total work
- No more than 30 seconds of an individual musical work
- Older illustrations may be in the public domain, but some are still under copyright!
- No more than 5 images from 1 artist/photographer
- No more than 10% of a collection OR 15 pictures (whichever is LESS)
Numerical data sets
- From a copyrighted database or data table: No more than 10% OR 2,500 fields (or cell entries), whichever is LESS
- NO MORE than 2 copies
- 10 % of source OR 3 minutes (Whichever is LESS material)
- Are copy protected and may not be copied
- Purchased, recorded & rented movies: Must be legally obtained!
- May be used, provide it is being used…
- in a non-profit educational institution
- in a classroom (or similar instructional setting)
- in a REGULARLY SCHEDULED course
- by an instructor and students (as a part of face-to-face teaching)
- NOT to be used for entertainment or reward
- Proper credit must be given (fair use enacted)
- You must own the films/filmstrips you use/duplicate
- No more machines than are licensed to do so may use the program (ie 1 at a time)
- Most text (articles), images, etc. posted online are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN
- This means that unless there is copyright on the webpage, they are available for free use
- HOWEVER, it is best to exercise great caution and always CITE YOUR SOURCES when you get information online, to prevent legal complications
- You may NOT re-post images online without permission
- You may NOT copy and paste sound files onto the internet without permission
- Most have retention rights (minimum of 10 days but go longer, up to approx. 3 years)
- If you’re going to keep using a program for longer than its retention rights allow… buy it!
- Cable Programs are not covered by the television retention rights