This week we focused on Copyright Law and the implications it has in the classroom. In all honesty, it became a bit overwhelming. There are a plethora of rules and laws that monitor and regulate intellectual property. I believe that there needs to be a clearer focus in schools to teach the rules of copyright and how to properly cite materials.
With all of the legal jargon that comes along with laws, I find it important to have the information in a easy-to-understand, laypersons manner. In looking for resources, I came across Copyright Crash Course which I felt to be particularly helpful when addressing ownership of intellectual property. But this doesn’t necessarily cover all of the rules when you are an educator. The TEACH act allows for teachers to have some flexibility when it comes to fair use. Essentially, it allows for teachers to use copyrighted materials for educational purposes in a brick and mortar location. To me, this will soon be outdated as many courses and schools are now completed online. I wonder how this will effect copyright law in this particular area?
Fair use was another topic covered under Copyright this week. It seems to be a very grey/flexible area when it comes to concrete understandings. It is vague enough that there is an actual Fair Use Evaluator tool to help determine whether or not one is appropriately using copyrighted material.
With all of that said, I think it’s important to realize that Copyright Law is confusing. It’s confusing to teachers and students alike. Knowing that, there need to be support systems in place to help teachers educate their students on copyright and how to properly cite sources. While Media Specialists are a wonderful resource, the teacher cannot always depend on him or her in order to work with students. I really liked how one of my colleagues, Rhoda, mentioned that she had her students publish their work. I think when students are given ownership of their own intellectual property it may make them more aware of not plagiarizing others work either.
My goal from all of this is to work with my media specialist to try and come up with some sort of online handbook through our LMS to help teachers have a quick resources regarding copyright. Hopefully, this will help them be able to teach it in a clearer way.
Harper, G. K. (2007). Copyright Crash Course. Retrieved July 31, 2016, from http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/
The TEACH Act | University of Minnesota Libraries · University of Minnesota Libraries. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2016, from https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/teach-act