Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation


Screen shot 2013-11-11 at 2.49.27 PMAre your students copyright confused? Do you often hear them asking, “Can I use that?” or pleading ignorance to plagiarism? Consuming and creating media is an important part of students’ lives. The Common Core State Standards recognize that “To be ready for college, workforce training and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, report on and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new.”  In order for our students to become effective, ethical consumers and creators of media, they also need a strong understanding of the concepts of copyright and fair use and how to apply these concepts within and beyond the school day.  As schools integrate more technology, navigating the line between what’s legal and what’s not can be confusing.  In this month’s webinar for the edWeb.net Digital Citizenship community, presenter Gail Desler, Technology Integration Specialist at Elk Grove Unified School District and Co-creater of Digital ID, helped to reduce copyright confusion, examined fair use as a reasoning process, and explored the possibilities of remix in teaching. Gail introduced curriculum resources from Digital ID and Common Sense Media to teach students essential skills around rights and responsibilities for the remix generation.

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