Copyright issues have been addressed by our federal government for over 100 years. In fact, the United States constitution contains the Copyright Act of 1976 which took the place of the previous law established in 1909. The law is still the primary basis of copyright law in the United States today.
Specifically, the Copyright law of 1976… and finally addresses that going forward new copyrights are to adopt a usage tern based on the author’s death rather than additional renewal terms that had been in place previously.
Within the act, copyright holders were given rights to…
Among the types of works protected were…
1 st - Let us take a moment to view the video from YouTube.
1 st -You may be asking yourself: Is it really worth it? Why should we even bother with using digital media at all? There does appear to be a great deal of complicated law protecting digital media. However, … 3 rd - Imagine the student creating a podcast within your classroom. He is collaborating with others while practicing researching, writing, technological, as well as speaking and listening skills. Digital media is essential for student learning.
1 st -As I stated earlier, this copyright law also addresses Fair Use. Fair use has allowed educators like ourselves to breath a little easier. Last- To view these guidelines in greater detail you may click on the link provided.
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The video also provides additional clarification for teachers using technology in their classrooms.
1 st -Since the advent of the digital age and the world wide web, educators need to be aware of Fair Use and the TEACH Act now more than ever. 2 nd -Before the TEACH Act 3 rd - In order to loosen the restraints on educators the TEACH Act was created.
2 nd - Ask yourself, are you using wikipages, blogs, videos or music from the Internet right now within your classroom? If you are, the TEACH Act directly affects you. As long as you are conforming to our district’s copyright policy, and the specific terms of the TEACH Act, you are protected from copyright infringement.
The TEACH Act has provided a blanket of protection for teachers for eight years now. However, because of the flexible language of the TEACH Act, how can I be sure I am not committing a crime? Creative Commons is a resource that teachers can feel safe utilizing in their courses. Creative Commons is …
1 st - Let’s say that you have created a grammar song that allows your students to easily remember verbs and you have posted it to your wikipage. You can obtain a Creative Commons license where you determine the terms that others may use your song.
So what does all of this this mean for education?
Do not be afraid to use technology in your classroom or in your online course 2 nd - Research and utilize resources like Creative Commons to your advantage 3 rd - Do not plead ignorance; be informed of the law and the resources that are available to you so that you may educate your students in this ever expanding digital age. It is you responsibility to know.
Research and utilize resources like Creative Commons to your advantage
References Gaide, S. (2005). TEACH Act Update. Distance Education Report , 9 (1), 1-6. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database. Media Education Lab, Initials. (n.d.). Code of best practices in fair use for media literacy education. Center for Social Media , Retrieved from http://centerforsocialmedia.org/medialiteracy