Archive | March 2013

Teach Someone Something With Open Content

Creative Commons
“Image used courtesy of Flickr’s jorgeandresem”

I am getting a head start on the Creative Commons for K-12 Educators course this week as I am on holidays. Week 3’s task asks us to find some content on a topic of our choice that is licensed under Creative Commons. I decided to find content on Creative Commons as I want to be able to teach my class and the staff at my school more about it.

Below is a Linkroll from Diigo with the links I have found so far. I have also made annotations in my Diigo account that highlight the Creative Commons license for each site.

Do you have any resources on Creative Commons that could be shared?

Are you really CC Savvy?

This is the post I wrote for the task in Week 2 of “Creative Commons for K-12 Educators”:

For this task I chose to teach my class about Creative Commons. The reason I am taking this course is to further my understanding of Creative Commons so that I can teach my class about it and then as ICT Leader inform the staff at my school. I teach a Year 3/4 class of 8-10 year olds. I think it is very important that my students have a grasp of Creative Commons as they use and create online content almost every day, often without a thought for the laws that apply.

Before the lesson I was wondering how they would go with the topic and how I could simplify it enough so that they could understand the content. I knew that they had very little prior knowledge except a vague understanding that Copyright protects content. Most of their understanding applied to movies and music created by organisations and famous artists. They didn’t have any understanding about Copyright or Creative Commons in relation to their own work.

My class responded really well to learning about Creative Commons. I thought they may find it boring but they were actually very interested and excited to be learning about it. I used lots of examples in the lesson to try and express how different people want to license their work with different options.

One student asked: “What happens if they don’t catch you?” This was a great question and led to a discussion about the ethics behind using other peoples work. We discussed the similarity in using online content without permission to shop lifting and not getting caught. My class agreed that taking online work without the correct permissions is not the right thing to do, even if they don’t get caught.

Some of the questions my class still have are:

  • Will they change the Copyright laws?
  • Will there be more Creative Commons symbols?
  • Who made the Copyright and Creative Commons law and when was it made?
  • Why is Copyright international?
  • How many people have been caught not following the law?
  • What if you copy a photo or music into your presentation but you don’t share it on the Internet?
  • What happens if you want to use a photo that you are not allowed to and you ask the person, but they don’t respond?

Creative Commons and Copyright is definitely a topic that my class will be revisiting. I hope that every time we create and use online content we will think about and discuss these laws. I also hope that my students might start to use the Creative Commons licensing tool to share their work.

P2PU Creative Commons Course

I have joined another online course. This one is called Creative Commons for K-12 Educators and is run by P2PU which stands for Peer to Peer University. I have had a lot more success with this course compared to some of the other MOOC’s I have signed up for. The other MOOCS have not been user friendly for Australian time zones and I don’t think my heart was really in them. This meant I dropped out fairly early on and missed out on fully appreciating MOOC’s.

I had been wanting to learn more about Copyright and Creative Commons so when the opportunity to do this free course came up I thought I’d give online learning another go.  This course has been structured in a really simple way with each week’s lessons set out concisely with clear expectations for each task.

Last week we were introduced to Creative Commons and this week’s task involved teaching my class about what I have learned so far. I told my students that I was doing this course and that part of it required me to teach them about it. I also told them why I was doing the course and how important it is that they know what Creative Commons is. My students thought it was great that I am still learning just like they are and wanted to help me do the course.

I hope that I can gain a good understanding of Creative Commons and use this knowledge to teach both my students and the staff at my school.