Important Copyright Update!

As posted in an OSSTF Bulletin to Teachers in January 2017:

Member Protection – Advice: Use of copyrighted materials in the classroom

In 2012 he Supreme Court of Canada clarified the meaning of “fair dealing” for the classroom when it comes to using copyrighted material by educators. To ensure that copyright violations are avoided, the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), has launched the Copyright Decision Tool. It is an on-line resource developed to assist with the understanding of copyright and when copyrighted materials can be used without getting permission under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act.

OSSTF recommeds that all educational workers use the Copyright Decision Tool to assist in their use of copyrighted material and protect against allegations of violating copyright by the owners and publishers of it. OSSTF/FEESO continues to advocate for the fair use of print/broadcast/digital material for educational purposes. The web site can be found at and is easily accessed by computer and mobile device.

If you have a print copy of the orange Copyright Matters Guide (it looks similar to the image attached)…
  • It was the 3rd edition…  which has been superceded by the 4th Edition…
  • Only available online here
  • I encourage everyone to download their own PDF copy and keep it handy where you can access it easily.
The Copyright Decision Tool website pulls together a wide ranging set of resources – previously difficult to find – under one web umbrella.
  • I have added a link to this website in the Academic Honesty LINKS section on the ESA Library AW site.
  • I will also put a link into the Library @ ESA Copyright Folder on the Teacher Share.

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British Library: Public Domain

Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giant Deloitte. I, for one, find this encouraging. And yet, even if all printed media were in decline, it would still be the case that the history of the modern world will mostly be told in the history of print. And ironically, it is online media that has most enabled the means to make that history available to everyone, in digital archives that won’t age or burn down.

One such archive, the British Library’s Flickr Commons project, contains over one million images from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. As the Library wrote in their announcement of these images’ release, they cover “a startling mix of subjects. There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” Microsoft digitized the books represented here, and then donated them to the Library for release into the Public Domain.

From Open Culture.  Read the rest here.

Explore 150: Digital Storytelling Contest

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From Taking it Global… comes a Digital Storytelling Contest.

Share an image and reflection on a Canadian place of inspiration, wonder, culture, belonging or beauty: You could win a $1,000 scholarship and be showcased in Ottawa at Winterlude!

If you submit by Friday November 14th, you’ll also have the possibility of being featured as part of an outdoor exhibit at Winterlude 2015 in Ottawa!

One grand prize winner will be awarded with a $1,000 Explore150 Storytelling Scholarship based on the entry’s creativity and depth of reflection in the description.

Find the full contest details here.

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EBSCO Search Changes

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For those of you – especially Grade 9’s – who are using the Online Databases accessible via the ESA Virtual Library…  I received this e-mail from EBSCO yesterday…

As a valued EBSCO customer, we want to let you know about exciting enhancements to the EBSCOhost interface. On, or after, 29 October 2013, EBSCO is releasing several updates and enhancements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record pages within EBSCOhost.  These updates provide a more visually appealing and intuitive interface for our users and are a part of our continued efforts to improve the EBSCO search experience based on customer feedback and requests.

Read the full details, and see new sample search pages.

Inspire students to read and travel with The Global Bookshelf

The Global Bookshelf is a book search and recommendation engine that was started by my friend Gillian Duffy. The purpose of The Global Bookshelf is to help people find travel stories. The books you’ll find aren’t travel guides, they’re travel stories that could inspire you to visit a new place and experience a new culture. You can browse The Global Bookshelf by region, genre, and book format (Kindle, PDF, physical book).

Applications for Education
Gillian is very keen to have others add their book reviews to The Global Bookshelf. If you have high school students who have read some travel narratives, consider having them write a review to share on The Global Bookshelf. This is a great way to provide an authentic audience for your students’ work.

Of course, The Global Bookshelf is good place for your students to find books that they may enjoy reading. Maybe they’ll read a story that sets them off to explore the world.

This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

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Evaluating Websites

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(Screenshot from RADCAB website)

As part of our Library Instruction programme at ESA we work with students on evaluating the quality of information available on the web.  We teach something called the CARRDSS Approach, but there are many other systems (and acronyms) out there.

One really neat little one that I have recently come across is the RADCAB acronym. The creation of a school library Media Specialist, RADCAB comes with a great little website.  Bookmark this site for easy reference.