Modeling Instruction's registered trademark and logos, including "Modeling Instruction" or “American Modeling Teachers Association” may not be used or reproduced without permission. Any individual, organization, or company wishing to use Modeling Instruction’s logos, trademarks or instructional materials must obtain the right to do so in writing from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
The AMTA believes it is important to distribute documents in electronic and editable forms to all educators trained in Modeling Instruction. Our courses, schools, and students are all different, and many educators find that “tweaks” to the documents make them more accessible to their students. Many teachers also find it valuable to post documents and/or solutions for their students to access. Again, this can be a valuable teaching technique for many teachers - the AMTA does not wish to tell educators how they should teach their classes.
Modeling Instruction documents are copyrighted by AMTA. Thus, distribution without approval is a technical violation of this copyright. However, we all know how hard the recording and film industry has fought distribution and how impossible it is for them, with all their financial and legal power, to stop distribution. With that in mind, we know that there is no way we could prevent distribution of documents, and therefore we rely on Modeling Instruction educators to voluntarily comply with the following policies.
The best practice is to post any documents on a membership/password protected website (e.g. Moodle, Edmodo); however not all teachers have access to these sites. Please keep in mind the following guidelines for posting anywhere on the web:
Worksheets may be posted as desired, but do not remove the copyright statement from the footer of any page.
Worksheets with solutions included should only be posted for a limited amount of time. Remove them within a few days/weeks of posting (and perhaps inform your students that they will not be there when finals roll around). Again, do not remove the copyright statement from the footer of any page.
Tests or quizzes should never be posted to the web, whether password protected or not.
Remember that once posted electronically, it is very easy for students to re-post these documents to other file-sharing sites. The integrity of our evaluation instruments depends on students not having access to them beforehand. If you wish to share tests and/or test solutions with your students, we suggest you post a hard-copy in your classroom.
AMTA will occasionally search of the web for test documents, and will ask educators to take them down when we find them. We have found educators to be understanding and comply with this policy, however we believe that this is an important enough policy that we will bring it to the attention of school/district administration if an educator refuses to remove test documents from the web.
Many educators make revisions to the distributed documents (and are welcome to do so). We would remind you that these revised documents are still covered by the AMTA copyright. While AMTA has granted the rights for Modeling Instruction educators to photocopy these documents for their classes, and also to customize them as desired, since the fundamental document is still the same, these changes do not usually remove the copyright protection.
The Modeling Instruction community is a strong peer-supported entity; we must rely on each other to retain the integrity of our curricular materials.
last modified 2/22/12