What if your blog posts are being used without your permission? Do you have to credit the source of Internet material? What's the difference between copyright and creative commons?
If you are wondering the answers to these questions, then consider reading Richard Byrne's blog about "Fair Use, Copyright, and Educational Blogging" in Free Technology for Teachers published June 28, 2013.
The topics of copyright and creative commons can be very confusing for educators. In another blog post, Richard Byrne clarified these terms and published a list of helpful resources for teachers. See "A Short Guide to Copyright for Educators" in Free Technology for Teachers published December 12, 2012.
Byrne suggests watching a video presentation by Dr. Wesley Fryer called "Copyright for Educators." This slideshow with audio provides educators with current information on copyright issues.
In addition, Byrne recommends the following resources on copyright information for teachers and students:
What is your understanding of copyright versus creative commons?
What resources do you use to teach these concepts to your students?
Have you seen the blog post by Richard Byrne--"5 Good Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright"--published in Free Technology for Teachers (May 21, 2013)? He mentions that "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a set of comprehensive lesson plans about copyright simply titled Teaching Copyright. Teaching Copyright contains five lesson plans. Each lesson plan includes printable worksheets, readings, and suggested activities."
Check it out and let us know what you think.
There are some great ideas, lesson plans, and resources for Digital Literacy and Citizenship on CommonSenseMedia!