So I just finished watching the video on copyright and fair use. Very cute but I found it rather annoying after the first 5 minutes. However, it was succinct and explained the concepts of fair use and copyright in a very easy way.
I then checked out Creative Commons. I’m understanding it’s existence but I’m still trying to figure out how I can stress the point, or incorporate this with classroom teachers. Obviously, it’s best taught in conjunction with plagirism. Just a side note, my husband takes photographs for the California Academy of Sciences and he has seen his photos on other peoples websites without his permission! Yikes! Anyway, now that I’m familiar with Creative Commons, I see it quite often now. It’s even on this blog hosting site, WordPress.
SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS ON THIS TUTORIAL: I must say that I had a blast! I really, really enjoyed doing this and I’m so thankful for another teacher librarian in my district for encouraging me to to move forward with it. It has inspired me in so many ways! In fact, I’ve already done the following as a result of taking this tutorial:
1. updated and improved my library website http://shshuskies.wordpress.com
2. made a blog especially for teachers at my school http://sheldonteachers.wordpress.com
3. designed a professional development class incorporating blogs and wikis and how they can be used in the classroom.
4. rethought and redesigned the way I use pathfinders for my classes.
I think my favorite parts of the tutorial were social bookmarking, Library Thing, and wikis. I have continued to use all three of these web 2.0 tools on a daily basis. I also really liked looking at the web 2.0 website winners. I continue to play around with everything I found on that website. I do hope that this kind of tutorial is continuously offered as the web is constantly changing. I would most definitely do it again. Not to say it was easy! But it was well worth the time and effort I put into it this summer.