#23 (WEEK 9) Copyright, Creative Commons, and Congratulations!

Putting the ‘social’ into social networks allows us to freely exchange information. But with the free exchange of information comes the responsibility of how we share it, and how we give credit to the author of that information. Check out this video, “A Fair(y) Use Tale” and learn some history of copyright.

In the school library and classroom, we are often faced with copyright challenges of when it is acceptable to copy something and how much of an item [book, website, music, video, etc.] we can copy. Faced with declining budgets and little time, we are tempted to make the copies. But with the advent of file sharing, downloading, and RSS, we must acknowledge and teach the ethics of information gathering and sharing.

Creative Commons is a copyright license that allows us to choose to share our intellectual property. This course is designed under a Creative Commons license and is an example of how one can take a piece of information or a product and re-work it to make it fit your needs. By acknowledging the original authors, they have given permission for you to share. One place for good information about what's going on with the Creative Commons is Lawrence Lessig's blog. Better yet, listen to Lawrence Lessig's presentation on "Laws that Choke Creativity." Lessig is one of the Creative Commons developers and a Stanford University professor.

Discovery Exercise:

  • Go to the home page (or right sidebar) of this tutorial and find an example or attribution that shows this program has been modified from it's original.

Discovery Resources:

Congratulations!! You’ve reached the 23rd thing. Give yourself a pat on the back for completing the program. You are now an official member of the large and growing CSLA 2.0 Team.

Please give us your feedback on your experience by completing this online survey and by reflecting on your learning journey by posting a few thoughts. Here are some questions to prompt you:

  1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
  2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
  3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
  4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
  5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? In response to earlier requests, we created the shorter but Oh-So-Important tutorial for you on Discovering Assistive Technology. Sign up right away!
  6. How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote CSLA learning activities? Twitter is an ideal way to send out a 140-character "cheer" or to amplify announcements and direct readers to more detailed information. Sign up and give us your 140-character "tweet"! In fact, send a tweet to @4Libraries to alert us that you've started to sing!
We hope this is not the end of our learning journey together, but the start of something amazing …such as:
  • maintain your blog as your educational journal on new technology and curriculum connections.
  • add your blog address (URL) to your e-mail signature line
  • re-purpose it as your school library blog
  • share it with your colleagues and administrators
  • start a NEW blog or WIKI -- you are now a pro!
  • Offer Classroom Learning 2.0 to your classroom colleagues -- what a great way to learn and grow and "build community". Another option is to offer students Learning 2.0 for teens.
Suggested "tags" or labels: Creative Commons, CSLA 2.0 Team, School Library Learning 2.0, Twitter