This User Agreement for your use of http://www.bigideas.org
constitutes the entire agreement between you and BigIdeas.org.
User Agreement ("Agreement") is a legal document.
Though we have tried to write it in English, legalities require
that we use some jargon and awkward legal conventions-see,
for example the word "Agreement" in the first sentence.
We're sorry, but there's no way around it.
Acceptance of Terms
This agreement governs the use all parts of BigIdeas.org ("we"
or "the e-journal") by any subscriber or other user
("you"). Your use of and/or subscription to BigIdeas.org
constitutes your agreement to comply with all terms, conditions,
policies, and notices contained in this agreement.
agree to follow our rules and accept that if you fail to abide
by this agreement, we may suspend or terminate your access
to BigIdeas.org without notice.
Description of Service
BigIdeas.org is an education e-journal that provides readers
with a useful, accessible set of ideas and resources that
support teaching for understanding and curriculum-based school
To all subscribers, BigIdeas.org provides access to a home
page and all resources listed on that page. To school leaders,
identified by the school or district administrator that purchases
a group subscription, we offer an additional set of resources
called "Leaders' Pages." And for some large groups,
we may also offer "Local Pages" that will be accessible
to, and include content relevant only to, the school district
to which they are available.
is a Web site only, and it does not publish a print counterpart.
We currently accept no advertising from outside organizations.
work hard to make sure that every issue of BigIdeas.org is
complete and error-free and that it is published on a regular
schedule. However, we are only human, and we will make a few
mistakes from time to time. You understand and agree that
BigIdeas.org is provided as-is, and that we assume no responsibility
for timeliness, mis-delivery, or failure to store any of your
settings. If you inform us of our errors, we will make every
effort to correct them.
understand BigIdeas.org is Web based and that you are responsible
for securing access to the internet, through a third party,
at your own expense.
Information and Opinions
BigIdeas.org contains information and opinions from many sources.
Inclusion of such information and opinions does not constitute
their endorsement by the publisher, editors, or staff of BigIdeas.org
and shall not be construed as such.
Subscriptions and Fees
BigIdeas.org charges a fee for subscriptions. In order to
create a subscription, you will be required to register as
a user and to pay all fees and charges, including required
taxes, in effect at the time you create the subscription.
We reserve the right to change the amount of, or the basis
for determining, any fees that we charge.
offers these kinds of one-year subscriptions:
" Individual subscription: allows access to the home
page and all articles listed therein to one subscriber; does
not allow access to Leaders' Pages.
" School subscription: allows access to the home page
and all articles listed therein to all staff in one building;
also allows access to Leaders' Pages to all staff members
identified by the account administrator (the person who opens
" District Subscription: allows access to the home page
and all articles listed therein to all staff in one school
district; also allows access to Leaders' Pages to all staff
members identified by the account administrator (the person
who opens the subscription).
" Small Group Subscription: allows access to the home
page and all articles listed therein to a small group of up
to 12 people; does not allow access to Leaders' Pages.
also offers this kind of short-term subscription to individuals:
" One-month pass: allows access to the home page and
all articles listed therein for thirty days; does not allow
access to the Leaders' Pages.
activate a new subscription, you must visit the "Subscribe
Now" page on the BigIdeas.org home page, enter key identifying
information, and pay for the subscription. If you pay by credit
card or tele-check, you give BigIdeas.org permission to charge
all fees incurred through your account to the credit card
that you designate. All fees will be charged immediately.
If you pay by check, your subscription will become active
when we receive that check. We will inform you, via email,
when that has occurred, and you agree to pay any additional
charges incurred by BigIdeas.org should your check fail to
clear the bank. If you pay for a school or district subscription
by purchase order, your subscription will become valid when
we receive a signed copy of that purchase order. You agree
to pay the full amount indicated in the purchase order within
30 days of its signing.
When you create an account, you will provide registration
information that is accurate. For information on how we will
use your email address as your user name and you will choose
your password. You agree that you are solely responsible for
maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for all
activity on the account.
your account is established, you agree that you alone will
use it. You agree not to allow any other person to access
your account or to transfer your membership to anyone else.
If you allow multiple users to use your account, we may cancel
your membership immediately, without notice.
further agree not use your account with BigIdeas.org or any
of the content of BigIdeas.org for any illegal purpose or
in any manner inconsistent with this agreement. You agree
to gain access to BigIdeas.org only through the use of your
user name and password. You agree not to disrupt, alter, or
interfere with BigIdeas.org in any way, either by engaging
in insulting or disruptive posts to message boards or through
interfering in any way with our software, hardware, and/or
Renewing of Canceling Your Subscription
Two months before your subscription expires, we will inform
you by email. We do not offer automatic renewals, so you will
need to visit the subscription page, click on "Renew
My Subscription" and, if you choose to pay by credit
card, re-submit your credit card information. The cost of
subscription renewal will be the same as the subscription
rate in effect at the time of renewal.
may cancel a one-year subscription within 24 hours of its
initiation and receive a full refund. If you cancel a one-year
subscription within 30 days from the date you signed up, you
will receive a refund of 75% of the purchase cost. If you
cancel your subscription after 30 days, you will receive no
refund. No refunds will be made for cancellation of one-month
Third Parties and Web Links
BigIdeas.org contains many links to other Web sites and sometimes
directs users to other sites (for example, to amazon.com for
book sales and to authorize.net for credit card purchases).
You agree that all of your interactions with these third parties
are solely between you and that party. You agree that BigIdeas.org
shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage
you suffer as a result of your interaction with them.
respect to links to other Web sites, you acknowledge that
BigIdeas.org has no control over any aspect of these sites.
You agree that BigIdeas.org is not responsible for any aspect
of those sites, including content, accuracy, quality, products
offered, advertising, or policies such as those concerning
payment or privacy and that BigIdeas.org shall not be liable
for any damage or loss you incur in your dealing with them.
You further understand that the web is a dynamic instrument
and that, despite the best efforts of BigIdeas.org editors,
some links may not be active.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
YOU ACCESS AND USE BIGIDEAS.ORG AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE E-JOURNAL
IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS-IS" AND "AS-AVAILABLE"
BASIS. BIGIDEAS.ORG EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF
ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
b. BIGIDEAS.ORG MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT:
(i) THE E-JOURNAL WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS,
(ii) SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY,OR FREE OF ERRORS,
(iii) YOU WILL SEE MEASURABLE RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THIS
(iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR
OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH BIGIDEAS.ORG
WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS,
(v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE OR THE CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED,
(vi) OR THAT THIS WEB SITE, ITS CONTENT, AND THE SERVERS ON
WHICH THE WEB SITE AND CONTENT ARE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES
OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD MATERIALS FROM BIGIDEAS.ORG, YOU DO SO AT
YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL
BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM
OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH
d. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED
BY YOU FROM OR THROUGH BIGIDEAS.ORG SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY
NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
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INACCURACIES OR OMISSIONS IN CONTENT. FOR THAT REASON, YOU
AGREE TO CONFIRM ANY STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN BIGIDEAS.ORG AND
NOT RELY SOLELY UPON BIGIDEAS.ORG FOR ANY PURPOSE.
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IS NOT ADOPTED OR ENDORSED BY BIGIDEAS.ORG AND REMAINS THE
SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THAT
CREATED THOSE LINKS. SIMILARLY, ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED WITHIN
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OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDED IT.
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TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER
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(i) ANY USE OF BIGIDEAS.ORG;
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(iii) THE COST OF PROCURING SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES
RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED
OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO
THROUGH OR FROM BIGIDEAS.ORG;
(iv) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS
(v) ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY THIRD PARTY ON OR THROUGH BIGIDEAS.ORG;
(vi) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES
OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES. FOR THIS REASON, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU.
YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
Copyright and Trademark Issues
BigIdeas.org takes all matters of copyright and intellectual
property to heart and makes efforts to protect these rights
at all levels. All content included on BigIdeas.org is protected
by copyrights and other intellectual property rights owned
and controlled by BigIdeas.org or by those parties that have
authorized BigIdeas.org to publish their work. No content
on BigIdeas.org may be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded,
posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, or otherwise
used for any purpose, without the prior written permission
of their respective owners. You may not add, delete, distort,
or otherwise modify the content on this site.
agree not to intentionally infringe upon the copyright or
intellectual property rights of any author. If you believe
that inclusion of or reference to your work in by BigIdeas.org
constitutes an infringement of such copyright or intellectual
property rights, please provide us with the following information:
1. Identification of the work you claim has been infringed,
including, where appropriate, title, author, publisher, publication
date, page numbers, website URL;
2. Identification of where that work has appeared on BigIdeas.org;
3. Your contact information, including, if possible, an email
address, a mailing address, and a telephone number;
4. A statement that you believe that use of the material in
the manner complained of is not appropriate, signed by you
or your authorized agent.
Please mail your letter to Copyright Issues, c/o Big Ideas,
P.O. Box 148, Hopewell, NJ, 08525, or email it to Carol Wander
at [email protected]
Education, Big Ideas, and Big Ideas Press are currently pending
trademark approval. All other trademarks mentioned in BigIdeas.org
are the property of their owners. You acknowledge that BigIdeas.org
is an information site and service and that references to
other names and trademarks are necessary in the course of
providing ideas and resources on teaching and learning. BigIdeas.org
will enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest
extent of the law.
Non-waiver and Severability
If BigIdeas.org fails to exercise any of the provisions of
this agreement, all aspects of the agreement remain in force.
If any provision in this agreement is found by a court to
be invalid, you and we agree that we consent to the intentions
of the agreement. In addition, all other provisions shall
remain in force.
agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary,
any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to
use of BigIdeas.org must be filed within one (1) year after
such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
You agree to indemnify BigIdeas.org and its affiliates, employees,
agents, representatives and third party service providers
and to defend and hold each of them harmless from any and
all claims and liabilities, including reasonable attorneys'
fees arising from any breach by you of any terms of this Agreement
or from any such acts through your use of BigIdeas.org
Letters to the Editor, Message Board Postings, and Related
By sending a letter to the editor, uploading files to our
server, or posting messages to our message boards, you grant
us a royalty-free, unrestricted license to use your comments
or materials in any way and alter or reproduce them in any
medium without any compensation or any other obligations to
anyone, including you. You may protect your work only by including
the words "not for publication" in your correspondence
This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of
New Jersey, and any dispute arising from the terms of this
agreement or breach of this agreement will be governed by
the laws of the State of New Jersey. You agree to submit to
the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts
the county of Mercer and the state of New Jersey, as applicable.
You and we hereby waive trial by jury in any action arising
from this Agreement and agree to submit to binding arbitration.
Changes to this Agreement
As BigIdeas.org changes and grows, we might find it necessary
to amend this agreement or to discontinue any or all parts
of the e-journal. You agree that we are not liable to you
or to any third party for any change or cancellation of this
also reserve the right to alter this agreement. When we do
so, we will post a notice of that change on this page. These
changes will take effect as soon as they are posted and, by
continuing to access BigIdeas.org, you agree to accept those
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