This video was created by high school students in the Greater Houston area to discourage students from bullying. My students last year loved watching it, and it helped perpetuate a classroom atmosphere of respect and tolerance.
This video is a rap based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. We read a few chapters from the novel last year, and my students loved this well-written song based on the novel. I take any opportunity I can to get my kids interested, laughing, or excited about content.
I learned a lot about copyright and fair use. I learned that so much of copyright/fair use laws depend on the context in which the material is used. If the material is repurposed or value is added, it's fair game. Also, permission or paying a license fee is required to be able to use copyrighted material. I will be careful when I create and distribute materials and other resources!
I could use the Dropbox tool for a variety of purposes in my classroom. I could upload classroom worksheets and extra practice materials to Dropbox for student/parent access, which could help greatly with absent and make-up work. I could also use Dropbox to collaborate with teammates and administrators and share files without clogging our email boxes. It's a great resource!