Over the years I have looked at many blogs with many different themes and one thing they all seem to have in common is some kind of disclaimer page (or as I like to think of it, a list of prewritten excuses). Based purely on these browsing experiences, I also want one and this is it. Normally, these pages cover all sorts of possible scenarios where the author may unwittingly break the law or at best breach someones intellectual property rights. Thinking in educational terms and for those who work with the IB curriculum, what follows is in effect my own declaration of academic honesty.
My Own Views: First of all, I would like to highlight the fact that all the views expressed are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, my employers, or the organisations mentioned in posts. I will often refer to other peoples ideas, especially if I really like them. However, what you will see is my thinking about these. I am responsible for them (usually …).
Sourced Images: Blogs with no pictures are boring. Apparently, that is a well researched fact. Considering this, I will try to use images that have some relevance to my posts wherever possible. Wherever possible I will be using images that have a creative commons licence so that I can credit the artist/photographer appropriately.
Uncredited Images: However, if I see an image which is so good, or appropriate for something I am doing, i will use the image, based on the assumption that because its in general circulation it is ok to use. Naive I know. However, if you own the copyright to an image that I have used and I haven’t credited you appropriately, please get in contact so that I can fix the situation. Everything that is used is done so in the spirit of education and sharing knowledge and understanding no laws or conventions are intentionally broken.
Bad Ideas: One of the main aims of this blog is to act as a space for educators who are interested in what I have to say as well as those wanting to share both ideas and resources. Many of the ideas and comments will be my own, and I am solely responsible for their quality. Apologies if my ideas are bad; I am trying my best to make them sound intellectual.