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This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. Simply write a post and share it to join in, or sign up to receive email reminders of each new prompt. 

Giveaways are always a people pleaser. Everyone loves free things. However, it’s often difficult for us to part with things that have meaning to us. In an increasingly competitive environment, sharing becomes something that seems against our best interests. As we teach our children information literacy skills, we teach them the value of thought as having monetary value. We also teach students the importance of citing ideas to avoid plagiarism. These two ideas are intertwined. Ownership of ideas matters but so does making sure others have access to those ideas.  As educators, we need to remember that we are all in this together. Sharing isn’t just caring, it’s the way that we can help one another create best practices across our curriculums and countries. If we share our ideas and tell others that they can use them, we are helping each other be better teachers.

This brings us to our prompt…

Prompt: Write a post that includes a “giveaway,” whether that is a lesson, a PDF, or something else. 

Just make sure it is something you’ve created (preferably) or something you have the copyrights to share 🙂

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Write a post about the importance of sharing ideas to create better student outcomes for everyone.
  • Discuss times when you felt you did not want to share your ideas and why “giving away” this one is important.
  • Share a time someone used an idea without permission and why plagiarism in the real world matters.
  • What value do ideas have and why does giving them credit matter?

Happy blogging!

About Karen Walsh

Karen Walsh is a part time, extended contract, first year writing instructor at the University of Hartford. When Karen isn't teaching, she is a freelance writer who works for a variety of marketing clients focusing on diverse topics such as InfoSec, education, and parenting. She also edits educational materials. She works in order to support knitting, comics, tattoo, and museum membership addictions. She has one dog, one husband, and one son who all live with her just outside of Hartford, CT. She can be reached on Twitter: @kvonhard and on Facebook at https://twitter.com/kvonhard

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  1. I’ve published a post to share a publication from 1929 that my mother inherited. “The Western Mail” Centenary Number publication which was published in July, 1929 to commemorate the 100 years of the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the first permanent European settlement in Western Australia.

    It includes interesting articles, photos and advertisements from 1800’s to 1929 that could be used with students (suitable for those that don’t live in Western Australia). I’ve also included an explanation of how I’ve digitized it for those facing similar challenges.

    You can read it here – http://suewaters.com/2017/04/05/trials-and-tribulations-of-digitizing-a-publication-from-1929/

    @suewaters

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