This post could not come at a more appropriate time! Respecting intellectual property is something that my school struggles with but to get the students on board, I feel like I need to get the teachers on board. Since I work at a primary school and I’m not in every classroom, it is up to the teachers to model how to address copyright issues while being a part of a participatory culture. I find that it’s a problem at my school because we don’t have a culture ingrained in our teachers that respect intellectual property…yet. I’m hoping to help my teachers grow in this area by bringing them some awareness. This is our first year adopting the ISTE standards and our expectations for teachers this year is to become familiar with the standards. We are hoping to create an Acceptable Use Policy this year and start next year with expectations built in regarding digital citizenship for both teachers AND students.
As the Tech. Integration Coordinator, it is my job to be the role model for the teachers and the students at my school. Looking back at my blog posts for Course 1, I was very proud of myself that almost all of the images I used were from www.pexels.com which is a website that offers free images that don’t require any attribution for either personal or commercial use. When there wasn’t any attribution required, I didn’t include any but for some of the icons from www.flaticon.com, credit was required for some images and I correctly gave them credit. While researching the origins of the SAMR visual I used in my Course 1 Final Project, I traced the origins to here and had a moment of panic when I noticed that others were asking him for permission to use the graphic because I did not! After digging around a bit more, I realized it’s because it had the creative commons logo on the bottom corner of the image. Phew! Tech Coordinator Crisis averted! There were some missteps here and there – I tried citing an image in the Alt-Text box when uploading the image because I thought it would give the information as you hovered over the image (it didn’t) and I did forget to include links for some of the articles that I referred to in my posts. Going forward, and after the articles this week, I think it would be a great way to show respect for the creator by giving credit for their work – even if it’s not required.
It is an obligation for educators to teach students on how to become full participants in the participatory culture because this is part of the skill set of the 21st Century. It’s not only about learning about copyrights or how to cite. It’s also about how to respect the content, when and how they can use the content in order to remix it in their own way. I want students to understand that its not always about “stealing” other ideas but that there is a collaborative ecology where we can still respect the creator but express ourselves in certain ways.
I tried to think if I was an active “re-mixer” of any participatory culture but the closest thing I could think of was my hobby of bullet journaling. Even though the content that is created is not media oriented, everything else follows the different parts of a participatory culture. The way that this culture is shared is through social media such as Pinterest or Instagram. There is a informal community, online and in offline. I have connected with hashtags on Instagram and followed others that I feel like would be good mentors on Instagram. Aside from the basic components, there is a lot of room for individual expression. I gain so much knowledge and information about bullet journal via the online community and I use their work to inspire my own work inside my bullet journal. That is my version of being an “active re-mixer.” I’m hoping that this self-awareness will help me encourage and inspire my students to be re-mixers themselves.