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Copyright, Plagiarism, and Digital Literacy (by Sue Lyon-Jones

image credit: PugnoM on Flickr Copyright is a pretty a hot topic in the ELT world at the moment, and many people are discussing it and blogging about it. The law that applies to using lesson materials or blog posts written by other people is complicated, and teachers often find the various issues surrounding copyright confusing. This post sets out to explain some of the main aspects of the law relating to copyright and fair use as it applies to uploading, sharing and remixing materials for educational use, and seeks to provide guidelines for good practice in acknowledging, referencing and attributing online sources. What is copyright? Copyright gives people the legal right to decide how original work that they have created can be used once it has been published. What is fair use? Fair use is an aspect of copyright law which allows teachers to use creative works for educational use without obtaining permission beforehand. What about quoting from blog posts or online articles? 1) USA.Gov

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Computer Literacy:The Fourth Core Skill Standard Seven: Evaluating Information Students apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the relevance, reliability, and quality of information. Perhaps one of the most challenging problems (and greatest attributes) of new technology is the ability for anyone, anywhere to contribute content. It is essential for students learn digital literacy skills to be able to evaluate the information that they find. Standard Eight: Creating Digital Content Students learn to use technology to create digital content in multiple formats. QR Codes Explained and Ideas for Classroom Use When I lead workshops or give presentations I typically don't distribute handouts in paper form. Instead I just give the link to my digital resources for that day's presentation or workshop. Recently, I have started to deviate from that policy just a little bit. Now I like to place printed QR codes in a dozen or so locations in the room. Those QR codes are linked to my slides and digital handouts. I started doing this because often people would miss the links when they're just on a slide at the beginning and end of the presentation.

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. Frontload Your Lessons with Social Media Written by Mark Brumley At a recent education conference I discussed a simple yet powerful strategy…frontload your lessons with social media. Here’s how it works. First of all, you need some way for your students to communicate online (or via texting).

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digital scholarship Bloggers, or anyone who maintains an online profile, have an ambiguous relationship with visitor stats and data. On the one hand we like to dismiss them as meaningless, but then secretly feel chuffed when we can outscore someone. I've tried to promote them as one way of measuring impact, but with the caveat that context is important. For instance, if you're a blogger in a relatively obscure area, such as Barry Town football club, then your range is limited and unlikely to compare in absolute numbers with, say, a blog reviewing Apple products. I recently passed 300,000 views on this blog, over about 700 posts - that's not as exciting as it might sound as I've been going since about 2006. My friend Liam says he gets about 200K a year on his mobile tech blog.

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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. I really wanted to understand the topic and provide resources to help others do the same. Similarly, understanding how to leverage Creative Commons licensing was also not terribly straightforward, and I wanted to understand that better too.

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