What luck! This week my winter 2006 issue of Drive magazine for Subaru owners arrived in my mailbox. I drive a Subaru Outback!
Tell me this wasn’t serendipitous (check out Visual Thesaurus if you ever need to check word meaning… I love Visual Thesaurus — it is such a cool tool when you are grappling with finding the right words, doing brainstorming, and just having word fun!).
Oh, yeah… back to the Drive magazine article. It just so happens that the featured article for this month is "Geocaching: Treasure Hunting in the 21st Century" and is an excellent overview of the basics of geocaching. Of course, I decided to pursue permission to share this article with my Wisconsin DEN members and any other DEN educators interested in seeing it as well. I like to make sure that I abide by copyright and fair use law so I hunted down the 800 number of the Subaru folks, left a message, and lo and behold, I had a call back within a few hours. It does my heart good to know that the corporate world rates educators and their inquiries highly enough to call back the same day… or even to return my call at all. :-)
I explained to Joe Barstys the evolving plans to organize a Wisconsin educators’ Geocaching, Google Earth, GPS and unitedstreaming summer event for Wisconsin DEN members and he was tremendously supportive of acquiring permission for use of the article. Thanks, Joe! Now Wisconsin DEN members interested in accessing the article can do so my send an email to me and it will be sent via PDF attachment for your reading pleasure. If you are a DEN member in other locations, just check with your Field Manager as they all have access to the PDF file and can send it along to you along with the proper citation credits:
""Reprinted from Subaru Drive magazine (Winter 2006) with permission from Subaru of America, Inc."
If you have other resources to share on the topic of geocaching, GPS use, Google Earth — post them in the comments section… NOW! (before you forget)
All educators (including myself in this noble group!) need to model respect for copyright and fair use laws and the above is just an example of how willing folks are to help educators gain access to resources which enhance our understanding and our instructional efforts in the classroom. Hall Davidson, DEN Director, is an expert on copyright and fair use (Check out these awesome resources)and has many excellent resources online here to help us deal with the challenges of understanding copyright ethics in educational settings.
David Warlick’s Landmarks for Schools web tools, Citation Maker and Permission Request, have always been useful tools promoting respect for intellectual property! And, check out David’s 2 cents Worth blog and Connect Learning podcast while you visit his site.
Happy treasure hunting, everyone!