Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Do the right thing!

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Digital literacy is surfing the net with a critical eye. Designing a digital project, a digital ebook, including digital resources and content in it, often involves remixing content created by others.
Digital citizenship implies the responsible use of online images, videos, sounds and so forth. We must learn to respect copyright, and to identify where we have found images, text, sounds, videos, and so on, so we can teach our students to be respectful too.

Creative Commons licensing has become a simple way for individuals to define how their works can be used.

The author of the content can use the free licensing tool from the Creative Commons Organization to choose the best license. An image and text is generated for the author to post along with their content such as the one shown below.

Example:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


In general, permission to use content, elements and resources ranges from those in the public domain (anyone can use them) to those that are copyright and require permission to use.

Creative Commons licenses grant permission in advance. All Creative Commons licenses require attribution, meaning you have to credit the author.
Check The Educator's Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons, and do the right thing!


Public domain resources are free and can be used without any restrictions.
Public Domain works are those which:
  • go into public domain because they lack copyright
  • or their copyright is out of date
  • their author has granted them to the public domain.
Although they are completely free and do not need to be attributed, it is always advisable to cite the source.


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