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Tuesday Tech Tip: Copyright Friendly Music

It’s May and that means end-of-the-year projects and assemblies!  Students and teachers are creating multimedia projects to share in the classroom, in the school, and with the world.  I wanted to pass along some good resources for copyright friendly music and project creation tools that have soundtracks built in.

From the FAQ on Soundzabound (abridged):

Q: Someone once told me that we can legally use 30 seconds of copyrighted music for our school projects or presentations. Is this true?

A: You may use 10% of a copyrighted piece of music for face-to-face instruction directly related to your course content. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.

Q: I purchased a song legally from iTunes. Can I not use it in my video at school?

A: No. You purchased the song for home and personal use, not for public or educational use. You do not own the rights to the music; the copyright holder(s) own the rights to the material.

Q: What about for educational use?

A: The Fair Use Guidelines for Education were written in 1997 and have become antiquated by the digital age. Technology is moving too quickly, and the guidelines have not been re-visited in all these years.  It is best that 10% of the material used is for related course content, and conducted face-to-face in a classroom setting. By synchronizing with video, PowerPoint, pod-casting, broadcasting, or putting on a website, you are subjecting yourself to a lawsuit.

So what are a teacher and student to do?  There are a growing number of resources available that come with their own library of licensed tunes.  Use the entire song, use them for public performances, use them for broadcasting online, use them freely—permission is already granted!

Animoto and Photostory have their own built in libraries with hundreds of choices.

Websites like freeplaymusic, Incompetech, and ccmixter have thousands of songs with various lengths, themes, and styles.

Soundzabound is another great resource.  It’s available through BadgerLink.  Because the state purchased a license so that teachers and students can download all the music, you need to access it through BadgerLink.  Just going to soundzabound.com isn’t going to tell them you’re from Wisconsin.  Here’s how to get there.

DeForest home page >> For Students >> Student Learning Links >> BadgerLink (toward the top of the page) >> Soundzabound (under ECB VideoLink)


This week’s winner is Bill Porter who completed the TED-Ed flipped video!


It’s Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day is being celebrated all over the country today!  To peek in on the celebration, search Twitter for #DLDay and #WiDigitalLearning.  You can even tweet your own Digital Learning question or comment with #dldefo

In honor of the event, you’ve been adding to our Digital Learning Day Showcase.  Check it out to see what’s been happening and add your own!  You’ll see images of students and staff learning with technology, student work, a few suggestions, and even an award announcement!

Click the image below to find some online digital learning tools.
(also posted on D-Links)

(created using Tagul)

Tuesday Tech Tip– Links by Staff

Today I’d like to share with you the work of others.

Fifteen of your colleagues recently finished the Viterbo course, “Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” and have cultivated over 200 resources for a wide variety of uses in the classroom.  They are all available from our district website.

Here’s how to get there:

Need some ideas for collaboration? science? notetaking?  Click on the tag and you’ll see a multitude of resources.

I haven’t offered a drawing lately, so here’s today’s… How many resources are tagged “Assessment”?  Find one you’d like to add to your toolbox.  Send me an email with the number and the name of a resource before Friday to be entered in the drawing.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Japan/Earthquake Resources

I want to share two timely tools with you today.

I imagine students and teachers in most classrooms, in some way, are talking about Japan.  It’s a teachable moment–earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactors, relief organizations, engineering, the stock market, charity, satellite imagery, and more.  Here are two resources for understanding the scope of what’s happened.

Drawing: To be entered this week, please send an example of student work you’d like to showcase on the LISD blog.  You’re doing great things in the classroom–please share!

And just a reminder:  What do teachers make? A difference. Thank you for all you do.

Your Periodic Table on Glogster


This morning’s visit to DAMS revealed this super work from the Apollo team students…..the periodic table as seen through Glogster. Mercury team’s take will follow soon. Kudos to the students and their teachers: Jennifer Melum and Dave Matthews.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Keyboard shortcuts & Twitter

Today’s tip and tool include handy keyboard shortcuts, a specialized Twitter tip, and a bonus:

Keyboard shortcuts: You probably already know the shortcuts for copy and paste… but there’s a wealth of others.  I’ve compiled a list of some useful ones:  Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts. Feel free to print and post near your computer.

A plethora of Twitter resources: Each day of the week, several unique education-related chats take place.  Check Some Educational Chats for a day-by-day chat listing and lots of tips at the bottom of the page.  You can also search at any convenient time using terms from Some Education Hashtags and TwitterSearch.  This is a great way to find people to follow and dozens of resources out there on the interwebs.  (By the way, if you browse around Cybraryman’s Educator’s Webpages, you’ll see that this guy has quite nearly catalogued the entire internet.)

Bonus! Calling all art teachers: (and those interested in creating art online, or generating tessellations, or creating writing prompts…) here are some (41 actually) resources just for you!


Geogebra is free open source award-winning software for teaching and learning.  It contains graphics for algebra, geometry and spreadsheet–along with lessons, tutorials, and support materials.

Here’s the Getting Started document which shows you what the tool can do.

Check the wiki for teaching materials, lessons, tutorials, and support.

There’s no need to download anything… just click the Applet Start on this page.  If you want to download the program to get the desktop icon, contact Christine.