So I reference tools and posts from FreeTech4Teachers (http://www.freetech4teachers.co) from time to time. He definitely puts out some great content. Not sure how he does it, with teaching, presenting at conferences, and running a few different sites, but I am quite glad he does. He recently put out a post on a great resource to teach Copyright (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/05/copyright-on-campus-six-minute.html#.UZoOG7Wsh8E). If you read this blog at all, you definitely know I do not like the current rules on Copyright. Giving entities (ahem…Disney) rights to content for the creators life plus 80 or 90 or some obscene number years really takes away from this Remix culture that Lawrence Lessig among others discuss and discuss. Especially us being in education, we want to use media and content to allow students to build their own understanding of everything. Mash-ups, remixes, what ever you call it, we want them to access content and create new understanding with it.
BUT…we must teach the law. Whether we like it or not, Copyright has pretty concrete allowances (Fair Use) that we can follow. This video shows Copyright for Campus’ take on Copyright. I say to definitely use this as ONE way to discuss Copyright in your class. As Richard mentions on his blog, this for-profit company definitely may not see Copyright Law as we may see it. Best to find a variety of sources, review them all, and allow students to discuss how they are similar and different. That would definitely provide a great additional higher-level thinking activity–lead discussions on interpreting these different videos and identifying the propaganda in each of them.
Regardless of your views, though, we must teach Copyright. With content so easily consumed and ‘borrowed’ these days online, educators must really first take the lead on knowing about what you can and cannot do with content and then teaching the students about those rules. Plenty of great resources out there to help!