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Copyright protects written, theatrical, musical and artistic works as well as film, book layouts, sound recordings, and broadcasts. Copyright is an automatic right, which means you don't have to apply for it. About copyright Here you'll find information on the benefits of copyright protection and what an owner's exclusive economic rights are. Copyright applies to... Copyright applies to all sorts of written and recorded materials from software and the internet to drawings and photography. Ownership of copyright works Ownership of copyright works may depend on the circumstances under which the work was created as this section explains. Other people's copyright works You will normally need permission to use someone else's copyright work but in certain very specific situations you may not. Copyright works are protected across most mediums - so if they're protected in one, they're probably protected in others. Fast Facts Copyright doesn't protect ideas. Take the Copyright quiz! Related:  digital skills

Ofcom: six-year-olds understand digital technology better than adults | Technology They may not know who Steve Jobs was or even how to tie their own shoelaces, but the average six-year-old child understands more about digital technology than a 45-year-old adult, according to an authoritative new report published on Thursday. The advent of broadband in the year 2000 has created a generation of digital natives, the communication watchdog Ofcom says in its annual study of British consumers. Born in the new millennium, these children have never known the dark ages of dial up internet, and the youngest are learning how to operate smartphones or tablets before they are able to talk. "These younger people are shaping communications," said Jane Rumble, Ofcom's media research head. "As a result of growing up in the digital age, they are developing fundamentally different communication habits from older generations, even compared to what we call the early adopters, the 16-to-24 age group." The most remarkable change is in time spent talking by phone.

New UK Image Copyright Law Legalises Nicking Photos Off the Internet The UK's Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act has been passed, putting controversial new copyright laws regarding what's known as "orphan works" into place for photos put online. The changes mean that if there's no clear identifying meta data in images, anyone can use and sub-license them and the owners have little recourse to complain. Of course, the internet being what it is and working how it works, copyright watchers are claiming this new law is tantamount to legalising corporate image theft, as it's extremely easy to nick a photo off a social network or image search, then claim it had no identifying data and was therefore considered free to use. Given that meta data is routinely stripped when uploading shots to many social networks, the changes to the law seem designed to make nicking everyone's Instagram photos entirely legal. [The Register]

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. It’s designed to make it abundantly clear which skills you should have, who should consider themselves ‘digitally competent’ and more. We know the audience of Daily Genius is a lot more than just teachers – so we hope you find some value in this graphic even if you’re not a teacher. After all, being a good digital citizen and understanding privacy (just 2 of the characteristics) are some of the most important things anyone using the Internet should understand.

Copyright & Schools: photocopy, scan, screen or broadcast copyright resources in classrooms - simple advice for teachers Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets hide captionIf you've noticed that kids seem to be better at figuring out these things, you're not alone. iStockphoto Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they "totally get" apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems. UC Berkeley Campus Life/YouTube Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work. Psychologist Alison Gopnik led the study along with her colleague Christopher Lucas from the University of Edinburgh. So they recruited over 100 preschoolers — 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls — and brought them into the lab. "We were trying to see if very young children could figure out cause and effect," says Gopnik. The scientists also tested 170 college students.

The Never Ending Thesis Developing digital literacies 'By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. For example, the use of digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; digital professionalism; the use of specialist digital tools and data sets; communicating ideas effectively in a range of media; producing, sharing and critically evaluating information; collaborating in virtual networks; using digital technologies to support reflection and PDP; managing digital reputation and showcasing achievements.' Developing Digital Literacies was a two-year Jisc-funded programme (2011-2013) to promote the development of coherent, inclusive approaches to digital capability across institutions of further and higher education. This 'home' page provides access to the activities and outcomes of the programme. Themes - key themes which emerged from the programme Resources - resources from the programme grouped by type and purpose/user group

Social Media for Busy People: 5 Tips to Speed Things Up Let’s face it, not everyone can spend hours every day in front of a social media dashboard sharing content and engaging with followers. You’re often too busy to spend the time you’d like staying connected with your online community. But you know it’s an important part of your marketing, sales, HR, support, or other crucial business efforts. So how do you save time on social? Here’s how some of the busiest people we know tackle the challenge: 1. We all have certain people that we can trust for great content and insight. To be successful on social media with limited time, filter out these important groups from the rest of the noise. Learn how to create and use Twitter lists. 2. If you’re too busy to respond to every message or mention of your company during the day, filtering your streams by Klout score is a great way to filter out the most influential people talking about you. Learn how to filter by Klout. 3. Learn more about using the Hootlet. 4. 5. Learn more about repurposing content.

Developing digital literacies Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. Digital literacy looks beyond functional IT skills to describe a richer set of digital behaviours, practices and identities. What it means to be digitally literate changes over time and across contexts, so digital literacies are essentially a set of academic and professional situated practices supported by diverse and changing technologies. This definition quoted above can be used as a starting point to explore what key digital literacies are in a particular context eg university, college, service, department, subject area or professional environment. Digital literacies encompasses a range of other capabilities represented here in a seven elements model: Digital literacy as a developmental process Defining digital literacy in your context Background About this resource Further resources

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. More specifically, dLRN will do the following: Foster Innovation, specifically in increasing the capacity of member universities to transition to the digital environment. A second aspect of innovation for this grant will result in the development of a network of partner universities who are focused on increasing participation from sectors of society that currently are not entering higher education. Develop Personal Knowledge Graphs. Universities/organizations and people involved:

Disruptive Innovation | Christensen Institute The theory of disruptive innovation was first coined by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen in his research on the disk-drive industry and later popularized by his book The Innovator’s Dilemma, published in 1997. The theory explains the phenomenon by which an innovation transforms an existing market or sector by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, and affordability where complication and high cost are the status quo. A classic example is the personal computer. Our work at the Christensen Institute has shown that the principles of disruptive innovation are applicable to the social sector as well. It’s important to remember that disruption is a positive force.