Sunday, March 10, 2013

Randi Really Does Want to Steal Your Lessons at "Share My Lesson"

With respect to all Content you post on the Service, you grant SML a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such Content --- Terms and Conditions, AFT Share My Lesson
In short, I sell my soul to RW and the AFT for what?!?!? a brief mention about how hard I work. Think of this when there is a ”Share My Lesson“ based book or curricula being published and sold as ”AFT developed.“ --- teacher on ICE-mail.
A few days ago I wrote a semi-serious piece about this Share My Lesson crap from the AFT (Does Randi Want to Steal Your Work?). I can't find it now but Susan Ohanian also did a riff on this. Think of it for a second. The AFT/UFT has sat by as the schools are corporatized and teachers are set against each other and in that climate is promoting a sharing approach. Context, context, context. Let's share with fellow test resisters and batters for public ed.

(And on a sidebar -- ICE and MORE mail have been loaded recently with the absolute contract violations on lesson plan formatting and forcing people to plan units -- I can see the "5-year plan ahead" coming with the UFT claiming it got it cut from 10.)

One of our ICE-mail pals did some digging and Randi DOES want to make money on your back.

Hello, 

Although I am already predisposed to not trusting RW, I decided to take up the Share My Lesson offer.

However, like a good teacher and student, I read the Terms and Conditions on the website before signing up. (I wish more of us did that in the last election and contract).

They read:

Rights In Posted Content

With respect to all Content you post on the Service, you grant SML a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. With respect to all Content you post to the Service, you hereby waive any moral rights you have in the Content. You agree to perform all further acts necessary to perfect any of the above rights granted by you to SML, including the execution of deeds and documents, at our request. SML does not acquire any title or ownership rights in the Content that you submit and/or make available. After you submit, post, email, display, transmit or otherwise make available any such Content, you continue to retain any such rights that you may have in such Content, subject to the rights, licenses and privileges granted herein.
In short, I sell my soul to RW and the AFT for what?!?!? a brief mention about how hard I work. Think of this when there is a ”Share My Lesson“ based book or curricula being published and sold as ”AFT developed.“

This is not a good thing. I am not joining Share My Lesson and am advising all UFT/AFT members not to either. Our union falls woefully short in it's understanding of rights and responsibilities in the “digital era.“
 
 

4 comments:

  1. Why are you so upset all the time. You really need to get a hold of yourself. # 1, this is a voluntary program. #2, Norm, you have not written a lesson plan in about a decade. You are long retired and will never have to write a plan again. You are very good at turning a non-issue into an issue.

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    1. How do you get that I am upset or even that this is my issue? I sat through Randi's presentation at AFT Detroit with George Schmidt laughing our heads off at SML. I didn't give it a second thought until this week when first Susan Ohanian trashed it and made fun of it and then teachers started sending me the emails asking them to join. They were upset not me. And when I took a guess a few days ago that what this was about was some business opportunity for AFT and the teacher quoted above did the research and I just published it. So not me be upset. Just a sounding board. But you seem so concerned all the time that I am cranky or upset. Really touching. Too bad I am just having the most fun. I know it disappoints you that I actually do other things than worry about upsetting you but I trust you'll get over it.

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      Anonymous Unity slug is just trying to play the "Norm is a nut" game to damage your credibility. It is an old tactic. He knows your publishing this undermines the Randi and Mulgrew game with your readers. I would delete his (or her - don't assume it's a man, Norm -- I have a very creepy feeling who this is) ass.

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    3. I would bet the anonymous post on top is from her royal highness Randi herself who has nothing better to do then post rediculous comments. She was always so paranoid.

      Ira

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