Monday, January 31, 2011

Derived Works - How does the original author feel?

Recently I encountered another version of a lesson plan that I have seen before. The new version was much more easily understood, worked with the time I had alloted, and had a nicer looking format. The author described it as their "own" creation. Had this author seen the similar older version of the lesson before as I had? Or did the author truly come up with an idea that she felt was groundbreaking?

With today's technology teachers are able to search the web for thousands of lesson plans and/or submit their own. When submitting your own lesson plan, search to see if there are other similar plans. When revamping someone else's lesson plan, you should either contact that person to share your ideas and/or give the original author credit for their original idea. However, the web is quite large and you could miss someone's work hidden in a remote server, but the date of posting will speak for the original owner.

Teachers don't mind sharing, but sometimes they just want a little recognition for their hard work.

Here is a little open source software criteria that teachers should also follow.

Derived Works:
- allow modifications of derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original software (in other words - free) but give credit to the original source.

Keep posted as I am working on an entire article on the 'criteria' for successful open source collaboration for teachers.

See you next month!

PS: I will be at SECO (Science Education Council of Ohio) annual meeting in Akron, Ohio Feb 11 to do a poster session on NOAA's Teacher At Sea. Stop by and say "Hi"

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