Thursday, October 25, 2007

Copyright and the Internet

For me the biggest issue surrounding the use of the web is the proper way to cite items, whether it is images, info, music or other. There still are gray areas for me and I think I'm going to just have to educate myself so that I know better how to teach my students. Thank you to Tanya for her post on this topic. While visiting the Copyright Matters site I found a link that outlines some answers as to citing web material. I know I will be referring to it alot. I'm on a listserv and this evening there was a post about 'free' clipart. (It has some great stuff for literary characters). On their license at the bottom of the page it explains very clearly how and why to cite their material. I wish all sites had something similar. In this age of technology my way of teaching referencing is definitely changing as more and more I'm able to show students how to reference using computer citation tools. I think students need to know as well that their own work is copyrighted but they can grant usage to others through things like the Creative Commons license. Students also need to know about Creative Commons Media Search and similar tools and how to use them. They need to be taught that things like wikipedia can be edited by anyone and they must bear that in mind when searching for information there. Students need to be taught more, now than ever that, to look at sites critically.

1 comment:

Jane Glen said...

Once again, I say that the best part of all of this is learning from each other. I immediately saved your links to my Delicious account (so easy with the buttons) and will refer back to them later. I'm glad I'm not the only one that experiences some confusion in this whole area.I am somewhat reluctant to take on the responsibility for teaching all students myself- as a half-time TL, I just can't reach everyone. So the next step is, how do we educate the teachers? I really begin to feel that we need an expert to come to our PD sessions and do a workshop for us. I'm up to my eyeballs now and can't put this extra burden on myself. But some of it happens like our planning does; in dribs and drabs; in hallways, staff rooms and chance encounters. I think the best I can do for now is to take opportunities wherever I find them. Enjoyed your perspective, as always.