Where to start? My background knowledge on Copyright Law is very limited. So I needed to start this weeks assignment on learning more about Copyright and Plagiarism. I pulled up four or so of the articles from this weeks course work and I still needed a little more assistance on grasping the facts behind copyright. So I went to Youtube and found this video that helped explain Copyright Basics for Teachers.
Now that I had some understanding on Copyright Basics, I was able to reflect on my work from the previous weeks. I have been using Creative Commons for my images and citing the link to where I found the picture as well. I also used Bitmoji’s which I am not sure the copyright behind sharing those images. After research, I have learned the Bitmoji’s can be shared, without collecting profit and only one account per person over the age of 13. When starting this course I knew that it was expected to be using Digital Citizenship – but I wasn’t sure to what degree so I was very careful with what I took from the internet. Although, with that said… I know where I need a lot of help.
So in Google Docs/Sheets/etc. there is an explore button in the corner to search for content and images. From the explore button, you can add images directly to your work from the web. How does this work with copyright? What is the best way to cite your source when doing this? This is definitely something I need help on… I typically just copy the images for personal use. Does anyone have any suggestions?!
I really enjoyed reading Cary’s blog post on teaching students the importance of proper citation. It really makes sense to refer to plagiarism as stealing for the younger grades. At my school we use BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. and I found these Lesson Plan Templates to be very helpful while I was teaching my students. I hope that you all may find them useful as well.
As an educator it is our obligation to teach digital citizenship and copyright law although not all countries follow it. There will be occasions when the situation is out of your control (like when a school makes paper copies of a book), but as a digital citizen you can choose not to make those same choices. As responsible digital citizens we have the choice. We must teach our students and otherteachers what is right, and all though they may not always listen, the knowledge will still be shared- It might just take multiple attempts at teaching before it sticks!