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Digital Literacy 2010: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Of all the topics that comprise our 7th grade Digital Literacy curriculum, the intricacies of copyright, fair use, Creative Commons, and the public domain are among the most challenging for students (and teachers) to grasp.  In addressing these issues last fall, I wrote a brief but detailed summation that included a number of classroom-friendly media [...]

Video Book Trailers

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Book trailers, short video clips designed to entice viewers to read the book they are based upon, can be an effective tool for engaging students with age-appropriate literature. Our fifth grade language arts students recently completed a book trailer project using Photo Story 3 for Windows and shared their final products on their class blog. [...]

Digital Literacy 09: Copyright and Fair Use

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Copyright and Fair Use are perhaps the most challenging and controversial topics in our 7th grade Digital Literacy course.  Copyright law is complex, Fair Use guidelines are fluid, and what educators deem “fair” varies widely throughout the profession.  Commercial copyright holders and the organizations that represent them are litigiously protective of their work.  Conversely, attorneys [...]