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Focus 3 - Boundaries
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Media Literacy Overview
Respecting Boundaries - Saying "I do" to respecting others' intellectual property and "I don't" to pirating and plagiarism.
"As new technologies emerge, learners need to learn how to use that technology quickly and appropriately. Digital Citizenship involves educating people in a new way— these individuals need a high degree of information literacy skills."
9 Themes of Digital Citizenship
In response to requests from teachers to have
information geared for classroom use all in one place, we've created
Can I Use That? A Guide to Creative Commons
. Due to the dynamic, ever-changing nature of the Internet, Internet guidelines, available online resources - and questions from teachers and students - we will note at the end of the guide whenever we’ve made updates.
Media Literacy Overview
Show Your Media Literacy
-Short video from
Literacy with ICT across the Curriculum
to get you thinking about the many ways media literacy is part of our digital lives.
Critical Thinking Skills Cheat Sheet
- Infographic from the
Global Digital Citizen Foundation
The Honest Truth About Fake News...And How Not to Fall for It
- We think you will find this post by
interesting - it's about you(th).
Research It Right
- Short tutorial (about 10 minutes) from
Vaughn Memorial Library, Acadia University
Searching for Success
- Another tutorial from Vaughn Memorial Library. Students, this tutorial is mostly for you, so just ignore a little bit of teacher talk.
The 5 W's of Website Evaluations
- One-page guide by Kathy Schrock puts website evaluation into a nutshell.
Evaluating Web Page: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
- UC Berkeley's guide is "
one of the most heavily used and linked-to tutorials on web searching in the world
Evaluating Websites: A Checklist
- The University of Maryland's checklist is similar to UC Berkeley's guide, but uses a linear format. (Thanks to
for sharing this resource with us.)
Internet Skills 1: How to Evaluate a Website
- In less than 4 minutes, learn how to apply CPOW skills to your next search
- BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references. Here's a
90-second video introduction
to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.
- Online site that provides a
utomatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
You Quote It, You Note It
- Interactive slideshow on how to avoid plagiarism.
A Quick Guide to Plagiarism
Learning about Copyright
Cyberbee's Copyright Lessons and Resources
- Excellent site for elementary students
Copyright for Kids
- When you are ready, checkout the Copyright Challenge Quiz.
Copyright What's Copyright?
- Some basics - in a School House Rock format
What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?
Common Sense Media
(via Graphite blog), a great explanation of what about Creative Commons licensing is all about.
Can I Use That? A Guide to Creative Commons
- We've (Digital ID team) created this guide in response to questions from teachers in our districts, regions, and online communities. It's a work in progress that we'll continue to update and add to based on updates from
and your questions and suggestions.
Video credit: Digital Citizenship - Who Will You Be?
Learn how to "flex your fair use muscles"!
To understand the importance of "transformativeness" when building an argument for fair use,
checkout the Center for Socia Media's videoclips
- such as
User's Rights, Section 107
For an great example of "character appropriation," check out Stanford's Center for Internet and Society:
A Fair(y) Tale
Tool for reasoning fair use
- This PDF form from Kristin Hokanson is a great organizer to help you build an argument for fair use. Kristin has also posted a
Google form version of the reasoning tool.
High school librarian Joyce Valenza has posted links to many copyright-free materials (images, music, video) on her
Classroom Resources for Copyright & Fair Use wiki
and on her
Be sure to visit and learn about
options for sharing original works - including your own student-created content! Here is a great
for students to learn about the six Creative Commons licenses.
– A free, web-based program for creating music – even if you are musically-challenged.
– ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under
where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
- A free, cross-platform program for creating and editing audio. Here’s a link to a very complete tutorial:
– A rapidly-growing community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
- If you're a Moby fan, you'll appreciate having permission to use some of his discarded tunes.
- Tons of high-quality public domain* photos, illustrations and vector graphic - free of charge for any purpose, including commercial. Attribution (giving credit) is not required.
- Check for Creative Commons licensing - which Flickr has recently made easier.
- FlickrStorm is a third-party Flickr search tool that provides some new ways to search and collect photographs from Flickr. The Add to Tray option allows you easy access to your photos, including the Creative Commons licensing.
Photos for Class
- Citing Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr's just got even easier.
- Large file sizes are great from importing into movie editing programs
- Huge selection
- more freebies
Library of Congress
How to Check for Creative Commons licensing on a Google Images Search
- Tutorial from Richard Anderson
a database of
media files to which
anyone can contribute
The term "public domain" refers to intellectual property that no longer has copyright restrictions due to its age - or because the owner has chosen to remove any copyright restrictions from his/her work.
Photos for Class
- Citing Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr's collection just got even easier. Selected images come in complete with Creative Commons licensing.
Wanna Work Together Video
Creative Commons - What Every Educator Needs to Know
- Comprehensive narrated slideshow of origins and implications of cc by
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Evaluating Websites - Secondary Level
- We really appreciate Kathy Schrock's on-going commitment to provide resources for evaluating information - starting in the elementary grades.
A Visit to Copyright Bay
- Designed for educators
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
- A great resource for workshops.
Case Scenarios for Reasoning Fair Use
- More resources created by Kristin Hokanson to help teachers and students reason through, case-by-case, Fair Use guidelines, in order to create their own arguments for fair use.
Using Music and Images Ethically in Multimedia Writing
, a chart to help students select online resources that truly complement their project's message.
- PBS documentary introduces students to both sides (fair use vs. copyright infringement) of the hip-hop practice of creating new works through "sampling."
Understanding Plagiarism in a Digital Age
- From Lionel Anderson and Katherine Schulten via the
New York Times Learning Network
. From the art of paraphrasing to the "complex notion of originality," this great post offers skills, strategies, and resources for teaching about plagiarism.
- From the
Electronic Frontier Foundation
, this site offers lessons that "foster basic skills in research, writing, and critical thinking" to help students understand their basic rights and responsibilities.
Unlocking Copyright Confusion
- Temple University's Renee Hobbs has created this wiki, along with a slideshow,
Finally the End to Copyright Confusion Has Arrived,
and other teaching resources such as the
Media Education Lab
''s curriculum, with a
section for elementary, middle and high school.
Creative Credit and Copyright
- Check out Common Sense Media's Scope and Sequence Chart for lessons - starting in the primary grades - that will introduce students to plagiarism, copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.
- Their newly released
Copyright and Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens
is a wonderful set of lessons and videos for teaching students (including younger students) about intellectual property and creators' rights.
9 Lessons to Boost Media Literacy
via media educator and author Frank Baker.
Concerned about boosting your students' search skills?
Just Google It!
digital handout. We' posted links to all resources mentioned during our one-hour workshop, including the slideshow below:
Tasked with teaching about copyright and fair use at your site or district?
We've created a slideshow (shown below) with accompanying talking points and a
we hope will save you time and energy. The slideshow and site incorporate resources from above (mainly from Renee Hobbs' and Common Sense Media) and are aimed at a one-hour session - that, better yet, could be extended to two hours by visiting all the hyperlinks on the slideshow - or even better, extended to three hours to include time for teachers (and students) to work with the Case Scenarios for Reasoning Fair Use. Between the talking points, the hyperlinks included with the slides, and any or all of the above resources, we hope we've boosted your confidence level in teaching the ethical components of media literacy!
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2WebWatchers would like to thank Microsoft for the excellent free resources they have created on key topics of digital citizenship:
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" target="_blank">The Naked Truth: Beware What You Share</a> - Scary - but telling - stats on <em><strong>cyberbullying</strong></em> and <em><strong>sexting </strong></em>- presented on an eye-catching poster:</li>
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