Creative Commons

Copyright Matters – 4th Edition for 2016

©2016Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
Canadian School Boards Association
Canadian Teachers’ Federation

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What is copyright and why do students/teachers need to know about it?

More and more students and teachers are accessing web resources for their own learning and for presentations at school. Students are realizing more access to Web 2.0 tools that can allow them to create original work to share online, to integrate into collaborative or individual school projects, and for their own personal use. Social Media implies a participatory culture, which means that we can all be designers, publishers and consumers of media.

Creators of media need to know how to license their own work, and how they are legally permitted to use, modify or distribute the work of others. Although the world of copyright is quite complex, teachers must begin by becoming informed about licensing and ways to access materials legally and then share that information with students. This needs to be integrated into all aspects of information gathering and content creation from K – 12 and beyond.Here is a great blog post from Edublogs that describes the issues around copyright and online content. It’s a bit dated now, but if you like webinar archives you can check out this one I co-lead on OTF Connects. Scroll down to Creative Commons Feb. 7, 2012 to get the archived session.

As always, there is great information at MediaSmarts.ca 

What is Copyright? Some suggestions about how to get started:

Here is a really good video to show the kids – there are lesson plans but they are 9-12

https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/copyright-and-fair-use-animation

 

From Creative Commons New Zealand:

 

A great place to start for information is Creative Commons Canada

It a lot of information to navigate so here are the most helpful places to go:

Finding Content for Reuse

Images:

Sounds:

Google Advanced Search

The absolute authority on all things google search for me is the work of Alan November, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and bringing to work with Ontario Teachers several times.  You can check out his website here: https://novemberlearning.com/ 

Here you’ll also find examples of the wealth of knowledge he has, in a webinar he did for Elementary Teachers. 

Check out these tutorials to help you learn more about Google Searching:

Search Operators for Research