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The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about digital copyrights and fair use in the news and online – particularly with the whole SOPA/PIPA uproar that recently swept the web. Also, we on the Edublogs support team have been getting more and more complaints and official requests to remove copyrighted content that users have placed on blogs. The legal jargon with respect to digital copyrights can be confusing – especially since different countries have their own laws and regulations. With this post, we hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online. Rule #1: You Can’t Use Everything You Find On the Web Dexter the cat hates those that steal his photos… This may seem obvious, but judging by the notices we have received, many teachers (and especially students) are under the impression that if it is on the web, then it is up for grabs. Rule #2: There Are Resources You CAN Use Images Videos

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Productivity Tips - Google Apps for the iPad Productivity Tips To increase efficiency, it helps to add any commonly-accessed websites, such as the Google eBookstore or Google Docs, to the home screen as a bookmark. This allows the shortcut to show up as an app icon, taking users directly where they need to go. To do this, tap the share button at the top of the screen and choose Add to Home Screen. How You Could Get Sued For Using Pinterest The Boston Business Journal stopped using Pinterest one day after setting up its account after realizing it could be sued for images it uploaded to the site. Web editor Galen Moore started playing around with the rapidly-growing social network on Thursday as a possible way to share the visual images that the Boston Business Journal uses in its coverage of real estate development: things like blueprints, artists conceptions and photos. But by Friday afternoon he had pulled the content after taking a careful read of Pinterest's user agreement and finding out the company reserves the right to sell images users upload. "Exceptions for publishers of user-generated content protect Pinterest, but they don't protect you," Moore wrote with a link back to an earlier ReadWriteWeb article.

Copyright Advice for Teachers (What is Fair Use?) : Teach Digital Copyright is a difficult concept for teachers to grasp as a result of the grey areas associated with its relationship with education, even I don’t completely understand it. Ignorance is bliss! Perhaps if you secretly know you are in breech of copyright then it might be advisable to stop reading this article now! Personally, I think it is extremely important to teach students about copyright and implement good practice in the classroom. iPad As.... iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with.....

Flickr disables Pinterest pins on all copyrighted images (exclusive) As the third most popular source of content on digital pin-board site Pinterest, Flickr and its photographers are subject to frequent acts of copyright infringement. But a site-wide update to Flickr promises to better protect members and their copyrighted works. The Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site has just added Pinterest’s newly introduced do-not-pin code to Flickr pages with copyrighted or protected images. “Flickr has implemented the tag and it appears on all non-public/non-safe pages, as well as when a member has disabled sharing of their Flickr content,” a Flickr representative confirmed to VentureBeat Friday. HOWTO Publish Audio Specific Sites Internet Archive You can quickly and easily publish your audio files to the Internet Archive by visiting which includes a license selection step.

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader Love it!? Hate it!? Doesn’t really matter what you think of the new Google Reader interface….. Understanding Creative Commons Licenses A few years ago, I wrote a novel. It’s not a good novel, but I decided to share it with the world anyway. To protect it from poachers, I went to Creative Commons and licensed the work . Doing so is very easy–a form walks you through the steps. I really didn’t care if they distributed my work. Social Networking 101: A Beginner's Guide to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, & LinkedIn You've grown up hearing about tweets, status updates, likes, and friends (the online kind, that is). You may have even dabbled in social networking yourself. And there's that now-infamous movie, of course. Whatever your experience or inexperience, we're here to advise you about what you should and shouldn't be doing on today's most-popular social networks.

Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons, as they apply to Education As we studied this topic in an online course I’m taking, I realized how little I understood it, and figured I wasn’t alone in that regard. After studying this topic in the “Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations” course I am taking online at UW-Stout with instructor Ann Bell, I wanted to understand it even better, since I struggled with it in the fast paced course as we covered it. I have to imagine that I am not alone in my confusion over how I can or can’t use copyrighted materials, especially in education, where there are some special allowances. I assume that when instructors want to know what they can or cannot do with copyrighted materials, they may often have a hard time figuring it out.

Recognizing licensed work It is possible to search for CC-licensed work in a variety of ways, but sometimes, you just want to be able to recognize a CC-licensed work when you see it while you're out and about on the internet. There are a few usual places where you are likely to spot the CC license icon or text on a website or blog. For example, the footer is quite common... And sometimes the sidebar... Sometimes the CC icon is missing, but there is text that says "license"... The Best Online Learning Games Of 2011 — So Far I usually just do a year-end list on learning games and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December… As usual, In order to make it on this list, games had to:

Digital Literacy in the primary classroom Image courtesy of Doug Belshaw I've been following the work on Digital Literacy by Doug Belshaw for just over 2 years and I'm still getting my head round what it means to be digitally literate. Two years ago Doug published a post which really grabbed my interest in which he outlined his 8 elements of Digital Literacy as part of his thesis. I am reproducing these below (all rights belong to Doug). Cultural [Cu]Cognitive [Cg]Constructive [Cn]Communication [Co]Confidence [Cf]Creative [Cr]Critical [Ct]Civic [Ci]

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