This week has been a heck of a struggle school wise… It doesn’t help much that I have been in Louisville, Kentucky for the National SkillsUSA competition with my students competing, dealing with flight delays because of the crazy weather, and all kinds of other mishaps! Needless to say, this was the worst week for us to be covering information that I have ALWAYS been extremely unclear and foggy with, but here we are: I struggled through, managed to complete all of our tasks, and actually learned a LOT! I am still a little shaky on a few things, but I have managed to gain some very helpful resources that I will going back and visiting later when I have more time to read, re-read, decipher the information!

The internet offers an almost limitless supply of resources to help provide our students better visuals, examples, and ideas of the information we are covering; however, we must take extra care when providing proper attributions to authors and such. When we do this, it becomes a positive role model for our students. We have an abundance of resources at our fingertips- the only problem becomes knowing how to use them properly, legally, and respectfully. For example, I would not want someone pulling any of my videos off YouTube, using them in their classroom, and not providing accurate citation to give me credit for the many, many hard hours I put in to creating those videos!

I have listed a few key takeaways that have helped me complete this week’s assignment:

Plagiarism: Taking someone else’s work (words, ideas, stories, etc.) and using it in ways to lead other people to believe it is their own. An example of plagiarism would be writing a research paper and using quotes from other authors within the text without citing the work or crediting the authors.

Copyright Infringement: Overstepping the legal rights one has over their own work by copying, using, reproducing, and/or modifying their work (Lyon, 2016). An example of copyright infringement would be using a professional singer’s song in a video without permission to do so.

Attribution: Recognizing and giving credit to the original creator of the work you are using- usually in the form of a citation. An example of attribution would be my parenthetical citations in this post, as well as the resources I have listed below.

Transformation: If you are a female, think about the “transformation” your body went through during pregnancy. If you are not a female- think of a female who has gone through pregnancy J The female body, though essentially still the same body, was able to change, morph, and transform into something incredibly different than its previous state. This is the same when dealing with works. If you are taking someone else’s work and adding in your own expressions, beliefs, values, and thoughts, this is considered a transformation. An example of this would be Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots. They take famous artist’s songs, the same exact rhythm, tune, and music, yet change the words and idea completely and perform parodies of the songs.

Fair Use: Fair use allows the use of short excerpts and clips of copyrighted material under certain circumstances, such as educational settings, critiquing, commenting, newsworthy, etc.


American Library Association. (n.d.). The TEACH Act and some frequently asked questions | Advocacy, legislation & issues. Retrieved from

Copyright Clearance Center. (2011). The TEACH Act. Retrieved from

Lyon, C. (2016, August 19). Welcome – Copyright crash course – LibGuides at university of Texas at Austin. Retrieved from

ElFran, R. (2014). Fair use of movie stills. Retrieved from

Stanford University Libraries. (2016). Educational uses of non-coursepack materials – Copyright overview by Rich Stim – Stanford copyright and fair use center. Retrieved from

UC Berkeley. (2017). Using copyright materials in the classroom | Center for teaching & learning. Retrieved from