Terms of Use

The LessonSketch website and media (including but not limited to software, video and animation clips, images, and text) have been created to help collect and disseminate the professional knowledge of mathematics teachers. Your navigation of the LessonSketch site and your comments on its materials can help toward those objectives. To that effect the developers collect user information of various kinds. This effort is directed by Dr. Patricio G. Herbst, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, 2414 School of Education Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259, Phone (734) 763-3745, e-mail: pgherbst@umich.edu.

Your agreement to participate in LessonSketch activities will enable our research group to augment a collection of comments and ideas from practitioners like yourself, in which they share the wisdom of the practice of mathematics teaching. Your use of, and comments about, the software will also inform the software development process, helping us evaluate and improve the design of LessonSketch. Your use of these resources over time will also help us gauge the extent to which these activities can be useful in supporting teachers' professional learning and community building.

LessonSketch activities may ask some personal questions such as the courses you took in your professional preparation or the student population you serve. Answers to those questions will be held confidentially and securely. Any report that we write or present in public will conceal your name and personal identifiers as well as names or other identifiers of the institutions you work with.

Your possession of a LessonSketch account authorizes us to contact you periodically by email with invitations to take part in new online "experiences," which you may accept or decline without penalty. You understand that you will also be able to come back to the website at other times of your own choosing and participate in other experiences available for you at that time.

No risks are foreseen related to your participation in this research. As a practicing teacher, you may benefit from the opportunity to discuss and propose teaching moves in a virtual environment with your peers. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

The website and all its material are copyrighted to the Regents of the University of Michigan ("Michigan") and where applicable also to the Regents of the University of Maryland ("Maryland"). By agreeing to these "Terms of Use", you agree to the following:

1. Permission is granted to the user to view and annotate materials found on the site, and to create new materials using the software tools available on the site, individually or in closed group meetings and solely for educational or nonprofit purposes. The user is not licensed to show publicly, to receive or request payment for private showing of the materials, or publish materials found on the site. In other words, the user agrees to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, and the user should always credit the University of Michigan as the copyright owner of the graphics. To discuss possible licensing for for-profit activities the user will contact lessonsketch@umich.edu.
2. The user acknowledges that an account is for individual use only and is not transferable in any way, including sharing of user ID and password. The user is responsible for activity done in the site under his or her username. We reserve the right to cancel the account if the Terms of Service are infringed.
3. The user agrees not to download or create copies of content provided in the LessonSketch website. This includes screen captures or video or audio recordings of any LessonSketch materials. A different license is needed for the user to obtain copies of these materials or to manipulate them more flexibly. For licensing information contact lessonsketch@umich.edu.
4. Content that the user enters into the LessonSketch website (in the form of annotations and comments) remains the property of the user. The user may publish those comments anywhere and cite the material, as well as the URL of the LessonSketch website. However, the user is not entitled to include graphics, screen captures, or other content from the LessonSketch website in any publications without prior permission of Dr. Patricio G. Herbst.
5. The user remains responsible for any external links and resources, including but not limited to YouTube videos and Flickr images, that they upload or embed to or share in LessonSketch. LessonSketch, the GRIP Research Group, Patricio Herbst, and the University of Michigan will not be liable for any external links and resources provided by the user. The user should submit only the content that is appropriate to LessonSketch and that they own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions. LessonSketch reserves the right to remove any content without prior notice.
6. The user grants Dr. Patricio G. Herbst, his research team, and the University of Michigan the non-exclusive right to use any entries, annotations, or other materials created by the user in the LessonSketch website for, among other things, documenting how the LessonSketch website and media are used and for reporting on the knowledge and wisdom of practice of teachers. In any such use, Dr. Patricio G. Herbst and his research team and institution will attempt to conceal users' identities.
7.The user remains responsible for the information that they provide in forum entries in LessonSketch. LessonSketch, the GRIP Research Group, Patricio Herbst, and the University of Michigan will not be liable for public disclosures or false information provided by the user.
8.The user remains responsible for interacting professionally, using civil language and behavior. The user will not disclose the identity of any other user of LessonSketch. The user will not use the LessonSketch website or software for cybercrime. Any indication of such use will constitute reason for discontinuing the account and taking legal action.
9.The user is not licensed to promote commercial products on the LessonSketch site. Users who blatantly infringe this policy may be stripped of access privileges.
11. Nothing in this license shall be deemed to grant any rights of Michigan or Maryland except as expressly stated herein. The names and trademarks of the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland may NOT be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to your use of the LessonSketch website.
12. This "Terms of Use" may be updated or modified at any time; you should be responsible to refer to the most up-to-date "Terms of Use" published on the LessonSketch website.

I have read and understand the information above regarding the study of online experiences hosted by the LessonSketch website.