The question posed was, “How can you implement Creative Commons in the classroom or work situation?”
Before we discuss implementing the use of Creative Commons in the classroom with students, I think we need to step back and begin with some primer material in Media Literacy for teachers first as well as a Media literacy unit in some course or class for students.
Some good places to start are:
- Media Smarts frm Canada http://mediasmarts.ca/ See Intellectual Property
- Center for Social Media http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ who have published The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education along with some other educational material regarding fair use. Creative Commons also has a page regarding this document.
- Dulcinea Media information regarding Copy
rightleft, public domain and fair use as well as the whole finding Dulcinea site in general for great Internet use information and search.
- US Government Fair Use Law
- Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use ....
The use of Creative Commons will come as a result of first being informed of the issues of intellectual property, plagiarism, copyright, copyleft, fair use, public domain, citing sources and giving credit to works and the like. Activities focused on searching and finding media of all types that are acceptable to use in one form or another are necessary also.
At the same time, students will have to learn and to appreciate the value of their own work.This is a prerequisite to valuing the works of others and respecting any copyrights or attributions. Only then will students feel compelled to adhere to restrictions and guidelines set forth in copyright, fair use and attribution issues.
Of course, teachers must set examples for all of this for it to be effective. the use of Creative Commons media and attributions is just one part of a much larger topic to be addressed.
In using Creative Commons for finding images there is a distinctive skill that must also be taught and learned. When thinking of the image you want, often you have a picture in your mind and that's what you want because it will be perfect for what it is you are doing. However, easier thought than found. Quite often, the image you might be thinking of can be found at a royalty free stock photo site where you pay a fee or subscription. If you are looking for something free on the other hand, you need to be more creative and wise in your search.
First, give up the idea that you must find an image that matches the picture in your mind. (I know, sometimes you really need that Civil War battle scene because that's what you really need. Best of luck finding one you can use. Otherwise...) Think outside the