The Langwitches blog is an excellent resource for all things educator related. The author, Silvia Tolisano writes about many different aspects that come with being a teacher. She constructs very insightful blog posts that are full of helpful information. This post is about the significance of copyright usage on the internet. She begins the post by talking about how "murky" using intellectual properties on the internet can be. In her view teachers should be held responsible for properly educating students on what materials they are allowed to use from the internet. This is an excellent point because I myself have never been taught the different laws that come with images/properties on the web. Through her research she has collaborated to create quite an extensive flowchart dedicated to properly identifying what materials can be used. This is a great tool for teachers and students to be able to call upon when they are questioning themselves.
The flowchart seems to be very user-friendly and goes step by step through many of the possible materials you could come across. As you move through the chart she goes into greater detail to narrow down the types of restrictions an item could possibly have as well as state the ways it can be used. As I stated earlier, I do not really understand the different levels of protection that materials have so this could definitely be a tool that I would be interested in using.
In this post, Silvia Tolisano discusses how mediums such as blogging and Twitter can be used as a "Curation Platform." She uses this definition: "Content curation requires more than just the selection of information. It's the assembling, categorizing, commenting and presenting of the best content available." In other words you need to learn how to filter the information you are reading as well as passing on through your works. By consistently acquiring and sharing dependable work, you will be known for sharing trusted, informative works. She states that one must find a "niche" of sorts. Through this she means that you must organize and pass on info that is relative to one another. Through this you will be seen as a consistent source for that particular subject. The idea of being a "Curator" is a somewhat interesting one to me. Being able create a network of people who follow your info and also share their own can be a helpful tool in your studies. The most important aspect is that the information that is being shared is reliable.