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Feb 28 Technology raises questions over ownership of teachers' work - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Prince George’s considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work

By , Published: February 2

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

The measure has some worried that by the system claiming ownership to the work of others, creativity could be stifled and there would be little incentive to come up with innovative ways to educate students. Some have questioned the legality of the proposal as it relates to students.

“There is something inherently wrong with that,” David Cahn, an education activist who regularly attends county school board meetings, said before the board’s vote to consider the policy. “There are better ways to do this than to take away a person’s rights.”

If the policy is approved, the county would become the only jurisdiction in the Washington region where the school board assumes ownership of work done by the school system’s staff and students.

David Rein, a lawyer and adjunct law professor who teaches intellectual property at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, said he had never heard of a local school board enacting a policy allowing it to hold the copyright for a student’s work.

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Feb 26 Milford Catholic to offer bilingual classes next year - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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By Lindsay Corcoran/Daily News staff

Posted Feb 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MILFORD —Starting in the fall, kindergarten students entering Milford Catholic Elementary School will hear “hola” rather than “hello” from their teacher thanks to a new bilingual learning program.

The school is one of only 12 in the country selected by the National Catholic Educational Association and Boston College to offer a program where students will learn almost entirely in another language.

“We are honored to be part of a program that will further the skills and cultural understanding of our students,” said Principal Andrea Tavaska. “This two-way immersion program will have the academic quality and student outcomes…We’re especially excited to be in the forefront of this bilingual education model.”

The program is to teach students to be global citizens who are bilingual and understanding of other cultures.

“I think we’re recognizing that in the world we live in today, companies are global,” Tavaska said. “Many people in the workforce are limited because they can’t speak more than one language.”

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Feb 21 CNN en español entrevista a Leticia Molinero sobre estadounidismos – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Entrevista con Leticia Molinero, miembro numerario de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE) y presidenta de la comisión del Glosario de Estadounidismos, en el programa Directo USA, de la cadena CNN en español, sobre la incorporación de los términos "estadounidismo", "espanglish", y otros, en el DRAE. 31 de julio de 2012. Cortesía de CNN en español. Todos los derechos reservados.

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Feb 19 Can anyone be a great teacher? - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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By Annette Breaux on February 15th, 2013

Original Source: SmartBlog on Education

We’ve all known them — that elite group of teachers we deem the great ones. Why are they an elite group? And why don’t all, or at least most, teachers fall into this esteemed category? To attempt to answer those questions, let’s first answer a few others.

Can anyone be a great teacher? Quite simply, no. There are certain attributes a person must embody in order to be a great teacher. Next question — Are great teachers born and not made? Though some people definitely possess an innate “gift” for teaching, most great teachers were not born. They were made!

But it’s a little misleading to say they were made, because this implies that someone else did the work or that there’s some type of magic that’s been bestowed upon them. In actuality, great teachers work very hard to earn their coveted status. There’s no magic involved, but they do seem to work magic every day in their classrooms!

So what are some of the qualities that all great teachers possess?

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