A Brief Overview of a Basic Inquiry
I’m not really sure why, but for some reason I found myself struggling to write this week, which is very unusual because I usually have so much to say. As I pondered what to write about, I felt as if I wasn’t really sure what online learning is composed of (although I know this isn’t true). First, I thought I would research and write about using hand signals to create more equitable discussions after watching this video but found out quickly that the writing wasn’t flowing.
Feeling a sense of despair as I was standing in the preparation room at school, madly searching for materials that I knew I wouldn’t be able to find, I saw it. I knew instantly that it was just the right topic to discuss and learn more about, because as an adult I find myself confused with this rule and that rule, and the sub rule of that rule. I bet you’re thinking right now, well what the heck did you see? Well, I saw that orange poster above the photocopier, the one many of you are all familiar with. The poster about copyright rules for teachers. It literally stopped me in my frenzy of scavenger hunting, and I found myself starring.
I perused the orange poster, and it was a good start, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for (at the time). I looked a little harder, and using Common Sense already for creating my Digital Citizenship Course, I found an article that seemed to be a good fit: 1 to 1 Teacher Backgrounder: Creative Credit & Copright (coincidentally, which Amanda also later suggested). It was a quick an easy read to get started. It outlined the key terminology, why you should teach it, and a diagram about the Four Points of Fair Use. I can’t say enough great things about Common Sense Education, as they have ready to go lesson plans with all of the materials such as Slides, Worksheets, etc., they have great articles for educators, and students, and overall, it is very aesthetically appealing (which I tend to be drawn to).
I then took a deeper look into Edutopia’s Teacher’s Should Know Copyright from Wrong, although it had some good information, I didn’t feel as if it gave me the right information that I was looking for. So, I thought that I would go back to the Four Points of Fair Use and check out the Google slide that they created for Grade 7 students and was very impressed with what I learned. The lesson mostly covered the differences between Copyright, Public Domain and Fair use. It focused primarily on Fair Use for students, as outlined it as “the ability to use copyrighted work without permission, but only in certain ways and specific situations”. It then went on to explain what fair use may look like using a diagram.
The Poster I Locked Eyes With
Great, I had a start on what I was looking for, and I learned a few things, but I still felt as if I wasn’t getting to what I really wanted to learn. So again, I headed to Google to see if I could find myself something that was more aligned with what I had madly written down in the preparation room. And there it was, the orange poster appeared once again in front of me, so I knew it was something that I needed to review again. It also finally had a name to me—Copyright Matters: Some Key Questions & Answers for Teachers (4th Edition). I made a decision right then and there, that this was what I was going to review, as the magnitude of Copyright information on the internet was so vast, that I think I would quickly find myself with Alice down the Rabbit Hole, meeting the Queen of Hearts in no time.
Although my first thoughts were that the document could be updated, since it was now 5 years old, and that the colour was screaming for the 70s classroom I painted over this year, I realized that was what drew my attention to in the first place. The booklet covers a ton of information from why it is important for teachers, to streaming lessons live, and back to where to find more information. Each section is short and to the point as well, which is nice when you need quick information that you don’t have to really sort through. It is mostly questions and answers based and it’s a good summary of topics surrounding copyright in schools.
However, I found that there were a few discussion points that were lacking that are very relevant in today’s world of online pandemic teaching. Items such as: using website creations such as Canva, what can be used when selling materials on sites such as Teacher’s Pay Teachers, etc. To me, the topic of online use seems to be lacking and what I was most looking for. Although in my opinion, it needs to be updated, it’s a great tool for teachers who are still using a lot of print-based materials in the classroom, are working with different media, and about rights that teachers and students both have in terms of their work. Even though there are other components at play with teachers and school divisions owning teacher’s work (which is a discussion for a different time), this document does a good job of outlining what copyright means and examples of how it looks in classrooms and schools.
To Sell, or Not to Sell
Ready, Set, Feedback!
Because I am not well versed in this topic area, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.
- What experience do you have with Copyright? If you have a lot or are passionate about it, what advice can you give to someone beginning to look into it?
- Where is your go-to for good information surrounding this topic?
- How comfortable do you feel with the topic of copyright?
- Do you, or do you plan to sell anything on sites such as TPT? If so, does your division allow it, or how do you get past it? Or what advice do you have to someone that may think of selling their work in the future?