This week has filled my mind with more ideas and terms and things to think about than my mind wants to absorb. I’ve wondered: Where do I start? How do I teach what I don’t understand? Am I breaking a copyright law? What are the copyright laws I need to comply to? How do I make sense of all I’ve read? Who do I go to for help?
One of the websites I looked that, New Media Literacies helped with my understanding of what is this participatory culture where we will “create, circulate, collaborate and connect”. They also discuss the new media literacies that include: play, perform, simulation, appropriation, multi-tasking, distributed cognition, collective intelligence, judgement, transmedia navigation, networking, negotiation and visualization. A rather long article about the same participatory culture can be found here. In the article there are examples of how these new literacies have and are being taught in schools and ideas of how to use them. These two sites along with various others have led me to think about what do I need to do to help students and other teachers understand so they can be part of this participatory culture.
Now, you may wondered what these sites have to do with copyright and all my questions. Students today are creating work/projects, sometimes through collaboration, many times circulating that work and often connecting to others through that work/project via the web. What do those students know about copyright? When should we begin teaching about copyright? I had read Zoe’s blog about copyright and realized that even kindergarteners can understand and need to understand about copyright. When our technology facilitator was working with our 5th graders on creating an avatar for their blogs she had several conversations about copyright and where they could or couldn’t get images from.Even after telling them not to start at google images, some students asked if they printed off an image from google images and she scanned it, would that be okay. They really didn’t get what copyright is about. We need to begin with our youngest students and continue the conversations each year.
- Public domain
- Creative commons
- Fair use
I first saw this at this website and then went searching for the source. Adding a photo from Creative commons has been a big step for me as a blogger. All my previous photos were photos I had taken and were in my personal photo library. Feeling somewhat successful, the photo has appeared and not just the url or inbedded code has given me a sense of accomplishment. I had originally thought about starting with a photo of the copyright mark. I had looked on flickr and found one to use and then began reading the comments under it that led me to a blog where the creator of the photo commented on the blog. I know there are many learning communities that can be opened up as I learn more and explore more even about topics that feel a bit overwhelming.
Wesley Fryers photostream – http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/5798145636/in/set-72157626886284140/