Posts Tagged ‘Digital Citizenship’

The Research Process – Copyright and Fair Use: Notes from the May 6 Webinar

May 7th, 2010 1 comment

Copyright, or to be more specific, the use  and misuse of copyrighted materials, is a subject that is surrounded by much confusion and therefore fear for many educators. Students who have known nothing but the internet in schools need direct instruction and guidance on what they can be using from online sources, and also how to protect their original work they post. As educators, we should be learning as much as we can about the use of copyrighted material, and then helping our students navigate this legal mountain range.

Some of the ins and outs of copyright law and fair use are covered by information in the links below. This should not be considered a comprehensive list, and neither should you consider my attempts to explain copyright law as legal advice! Please consult as many sources as possible, and if you’re still confused, I’m sure your school has legal consults available.

Copyright overview and history:
US Copyright Office

Copyrightkids – Fun resource to get students thinking about copyright issues

Copyright and Fair Use in The Classroom – Interesting guide to copyright, from a college perspective.

History of Copyright Law – Wikipedia page does a great job pulling together a complicated history.

Copyright Infringement

Carol Simpson – Consultant on issues of copyright, has an interesting database of cases concerning copyright infringement in schools.

Do The (Copy)right Thing – Article on educator’s lack of attention to copyright from thejounal

Fair Use

Code of Best Practice for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education – Download the document from this page.
A Fair(y) Use Story–  Video mashup of various Disney movies to make a statement on fair use of copyrighted materials.

User Rights, Section 107 – Music video explaining the tenets of fair use.

Bound By Law? – Thanks to Barbara Greenstone for the link to this comic explaining copyright and fair use.

Copyright / Copywrong Quiz – Thanks to Cynthia Curry for forwarding the link to this quiz on fair use in education.

The Shepard Fairy Obama “Hope” Poster Controversy – Thanks once again to Cynthia Curry

Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Search engine for Creative Commons licensed work. Also available on the Firefox browser search tool.

Creative Commons on Flickr

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May 6 Webinar: The Research Process – Copyright and Fair Use

May 3rd, 2010 Comments off

As new media forms test the boundaries of existing copyright laws, educators can be left feeling uncertain as to how they can be using media in education, what they shouldn’t be copying, and how students use media as part of their school work. File sharing, sampling and remixing, downloading and podcasting all present new methods of distributing information, but how can educators go about this without getting themselves in hot water? This webinar will look at some of the issues around copyright that affect schools, begin a discussion on Fair Use of copyrighted materials, and how to avoid any trouble with copyright altogether.

This session will be delivered on Thursday, May 6, from 3:15 – 4:15 pm and 7:15 – 8:15 pm. For information, please access the WebCasts tab at the top of this page.

Image from the Library of Congress

March 25 Webinar: Original Research

March 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Our students are in an unprecedented position of being able to gather, sort and reflect upon information and data with ease and precision. Digital tools available on the MLTI devices and online give students the ability to record observations, conduct interviews, collect data and then use this information to produce meaningful results. By conducting original research, students can better understand ‘real world’ phenomenon and contribute their learning to a wider knowledge base.

My co-presenter for this webinar will be Sarah Kirn, Program Manager for the Vital Signs project, part of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s educational outreach. Sarah will be taking us through how the Vital Signs project uses original research by student and citizen scientists to build a picture of the spread of invasive species through the state. The process of collecting data through fieldwork, contributing the data to the Vital Signs database, and using the data in analysis creates a powerful learning experience for students, as well as raising their aspirations for science careers.

We will also look at other ways students can take advantage of digital tools to conduct original research, and how this can be part of a wider research process.

Please click on the Webcast link to register for or join the 3.15 and 7.15 webinar.

In addition to the webinars. MLTI and GMRI are offering a workshop that introduces teachers to working with Vital Signs data with students during the week of March 24 – 31. For more details, please visit the MLTI site.

Webcast is on despite the snow!

December 9th, 2009 Comments off

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! 


We realize that many schools are experiencing a snow day or an early closing today, but our webcast, Citizenship in a Connected Culture will still be held at its originally scheduled time, 3:15 PM.  You can connect from any place where you have a broadband internet connection and a phone, and we hope many of you who are enjoying a snow day will connect from home.

To accommodate anyone who cannot attend today, we have scheduled a repeat session on Tuesday, December 15 at 3:15. If you plan to attend that one, please register here.

As always, these sessions will be recorded and you will be able to access those recordings from our archives page a few days after the webcast.

Snowflake image by Julie Falk licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic license.

Citizenship in a Connected Culture: How Schools, Parents, and Kids can work together

December 1st, 2009 Comments off

In partnership with Common Sense Media, MLTI is hosting a webinar titled Citizenship in a Connected Culture: How Schools, Parents, and Kids Can Work Together on December 9, 2009, 3:15 – 4:00.

We are all experiencing how digital media is profoundly changing the nature of childhood, and is bringing with it opportunities and challenges that have a dramatic impact on the ethical, physical, and social development of young people today. Are your students prepared to use new technologies responsibly – and are their parents prepared to be media mentors for their children?

Learn strategies for engaging, educating, and empowering your parent communities about digital literacy and citizenship to help them raise kids that are safe, smart, and ethical media consumers and creators. At this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • A new vernacular for talking with parents about digital media and technology
  • Common Sense resources that can help you engage and educate parents
  • Best practices from schools that have successfully engaged their parent communities

Please pre-register online. For questions about the webinar, please contact Barbara Greenstone at