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Jared Willis

Copyright Law

Only works written before 1923 or were produced by the federal government
are clearly in the public domain where their copy right has expired.
You pay for rights through a license and these licenses run out, and once they
have run out your work will no longer be distributed unless you are willing to
pay and renew the rights.
Copyright doesnt protect ideas, only specific expressions of ideas.
The constitutional goal of copyright is to encourage people to make and
distribute works.
Sony v. Universal Studios in 1984 found that the home videotaping of
television programs is in the fair use because of the non-commercial use of
the time-shifting.
Term limit has increased over the years and is currently 70 years past death,
this creates the possibility of hindering new works to be created even after
the author or creator is dead.
While copyright law protects artistic works, trademark law protects brand
names and logos that tell customers where products came from.
To infringe on a trademark, you would have to use it in a way that confuses
consumers.
Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials or trademarks can lead to large
fines, unfortunately getting the ability to use materials can mean paying
large prices that many film makers cannot pay.
U.S. Copyright protects 8 types of works once they are fixed in any tangible
medium of expression.

Flipping the Classroom

Provides opportunity for increased in class activity and lesson help through
increased instructor to student communication and relation. This gives
students a more accessible opportunity to get help in problem areas.
Flipping the classroom takes advantage of the growing use of technology in
education, with the consistent increases in its use and efficiency this method
takes full advantage of what the 21st century has to offer.
Since lectures are online and homework is done in the class, student
frustration will decrease. Currently if a student doesnt understand a concept,
he is at home and cannot receive help if parents or notes cannot give the
necessary help. When the activities are done in class this decreases the
chance of quitting the activity because of frustration.
It opens up more communication and relationship building with the instructor
to student. Since this relationship is key in any educators job, the more of
this that can be created during class time the better the educational
experience can be.

Studies have shown that it can be very successful at decreasing failed class
rates and increasing graduation rates. Things currently used such as the Khan
Academy show the potential for such a method.
Some students, however, benefit from the structure of the current classroom
model.
Just as not all students do homework, there is a strong chance that there will
be a percentage of students who do not watch the lecture, therefore any
activity done in class will not benefit if they have not learned the material. In
the modern classroom they at least all hear the lesson and the activity is up
to them.
While the access to computers and internet is always growing there will
always be an instance of inaccessibility or technology failure, which could put
students behind if they are unable to access a computer for their lectures.
In addition to the inability to access the technology it can create a social
pressure or stress if a student cannot gain access to a computer or the
internet because of a financial or other at home issue.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying can occur using any form of technology or media that are used
with the intent to harm, intimidate, insult, or cause any kind of abuse to an
individual.
A key difference of cyber bullying and face-to-face bullying is the infinitely
larger audience that is a result of cyber bullying and how quickly that
audience can be achieved. This being said the ability to control who
witnesses the event is nearly impossible as is stopping it once it is published.
It can take place over any form of social media, text, chat, blog, or the
Internet in general. The large amount of channels this behavior has to go
through allows the bullying to enter the victims home, and personal life in a
way that face-to-face does not.
State legislatures have put into place laws in an attempt to combat this
behavior, hoping to reduce the amount of harassment and increase the
protection of minors.
Since these acts usually take place outside of the classroom it is more difficult
for teachers and administrators to combat this form of harassment, because
of this its important for educators to be aware of the signs and create a safe
environment for students to learn and achieve without feeling as if they are
being harassed.

The Digital Divide

Closing the digital divide would need significant federal funding as most
schools would not get the proper funding from the state or property taxes.
The amount necessary from the government would be in the billions.

There is a growing divide between schools that can afford broadband Internet
without government funding and those who can only afford the minimum
Internet connectivity.
Head of the Paul Cauffee Charter School says in an article through Edutopia
that it is important to remember that technology is a tool, not a solution.
Using the internet and computers can make education more engaging and
efficient but it is not the answer to any direct issue.

References:

References
"Bridging the New Digital Divide." Edutopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.
Aoki, Keith, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins. Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain.
Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2008. Print.
"Flipping the Classroom." Center for Teaching and Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.