I'm Barbara (Bee) Dieu, an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher in a bilingual (French and Brazilian) secondary school in São Paulo, Brazil. I have always shared all the resources I found useful or produced since I went online in 1997 and then built my site (1.0) in 1999 on my own, at my expense and time . (it has not been updated now for some time)http://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/
The schooI I work for never wanted to publish anything and only recently had its institutional page up online.
At the beginning, I ran it without any license but then got mad when I discovered some pages of the site, like for instancehttp://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/exos.html
were being framed inside a commercial portal that you needed to pay to log in and access (my own!) resources so put a very proprietary notice on the sides :-)
This site belongs to
EFL teacher and coordinator of the
Foreign Language Department
Curso Experimental Bilingue
São Paulo, Brazil
and the bottom of the front page
Copyright © 1999-2005 Barbara Dieu.
All Rights Reserved.
No material appearing on any of these pages may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Not that I wanted to restrict teachers or students from using the material but because I thought it was not fair for an educational commercial portal to steal my work = close it in, make money on it without attribution. The explanation given when I complained was that they were charging for filtering information for their clients and other services (but the frame inside which my pages were trapped sported their logo).
This page for instance was made together with the students and some teachers (who sent me the complementary links at the bottom of the page), the students were interviewed on their impressions and then made a research in groups on the different continents/countries where English is spoken and found the corresponding flags. (scroll over the map to get the different continents)http://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/esc.html
As wikis did not exist at the time (if they were I was not yet aware of them), the kids did it as homework on their own computers (the school was not yet connected) and sent me the info by mail or floppies, which I corrected, copied, pasted into my Dreamweaver and published online.
While some resources were easy to get - like Naomi Klein's movie "The Meaning Behind the Logo (see explanation given on page)http://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/logo/index.html
articles from mainstream newspapers/media proved to be a bureaucratic nightmare (a number of email exchanges, sometimes without answer, to various departments)
I had to beg for a special permission to use The Times article as basis for an exercise http://beewebhead.net/exos/wtc1.html
and I have already breached the initial contract which said the exercise should have been left on that particular page. As I stopped paying for an adless site, the hotpotato pages were all scrambled, which made me move them elsewhere (and lost the pics)
I could not wait until the permission arrived for The Economist article (which complements Naomi's film and is closed behind a paid login), so I shamelessly and painstakinglyy typed it on an html page copying it from my parent's print edition http://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/logo/prologo.html
not only for my students to be able to read it and be prepared for the debate that year (I could have photocopied it) but also to re-use it in the future for some other activity.
Nowadays I am contributing a little bit to wikieducator with a unit on visual /critical literacy for ESL/EFL teachers (collaboration welcome) http://wikieducator.org/ELT_Resources/visual_and_critical_literacy
but am having trouble in finding images that I would like to use to illustrate certain concepts
So voilà, a little bit of my grassroots experience with resources online - open and not.