Links for the Day 04/01/2008

Education Week: Copyright Confusion Is Shortchanging Our Students  Annotated

tags: connectingpeople, education, govt_business, hz08, hzmeta, usercontent, video, virtualcollab

This is an excellent article in education week discussing the copyright issues and how it is causing problems in schools with digital storytelling and video making as part of their work. Some recent court decision strike fear in the heart of teachers.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Katherine April 2, 2008 - 1:01 am

This was really interesting. I’m currently a student in the Education Department at Illinois State University, and we are learning about and working with digital stories right now. I have definitely thought that it would only be a matter of time before copyright laws would be violated and students would be in trouble for it. I suppose if I ever use digital stories in my classroom, I will have students strictly use original photos or videos that they have either taken or drawn themselves. This was very interesting though, and I’m intrigued to find out more about what the court says.

Vicki A. Davis April 9, 2008 - 7:36 pm

@katherine – YEs, many of us are watching this. I think eventually companies will realize the potential in licensing to schools for use and we’ll have libraries of popular music for such use.

bethanny April 10, 2008 - 6:43 pm

“Teachers are afraid of being harassed by media companies”
This statement is really sad. I am a student at Malone College and am in a technology class, that shows us how to use technology to help peek student interest. The internet a valuable tool to get students of all ages interested in the subject being taught. This amkes it even more important to teach children the do’s and dont’s when using a computer for any use.

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