Feb 15, 2008
Yesterday, I participated in an excellent discussion on Creative Commons, Open Content, and Copyright, hosted by Steve Hargadon for the new Classroom 2.0 Live Discussions series. The panelists for the discussion included:

As educators' adoption of Web 2.0 technologies continues to grow, and as students and teachers continue to move from mere content consuming toward content creation, copyright and licensing issues will undoubtedly represent some of the greatest challenges in the learning environment. It is critical that we, as tech-savvy educators, endeavor to not only understand the issues at play, but also that we find ways to foster discussions around the topic of "digital citizenship" in our environments, and seek every opportunity to share our knowledge effectively with our peers.

Click below to listen to the podcast (approx. 1 hr):

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The notes from the discussion are here, and the chat log, which contains a number of great links to valuable resources is here.

Our next, live conversation is scheduled to take place on February 20, 2008 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern on Talkshoe. Feel free to join the conversation!


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  1. Jim,This conversation came at about the same time I was confirming the copyright rules to one of our schools about creating DVDs to sell of student productions using licensed purchased musical programs. I know it's important for schools and parent groups to work to raise funds, but when the production includes copyrighted material, I advised that it could not be sold when the licensing was for student live production and not distribution for sale. Do we need to be concerned about music that is used for sixth grade promotions that is video taped and sold to parents as a keepsake of the ceremony? That open a whole can of worms.A

  2. A portion of commercial music played as background in student media production in an instructional setting can be displayed/distributed for educational use under fair use. The trick is that it must be for educational use (which means you can't sell it, even to recover the costs of reproduction, without the express permission of the copyright holder.) Fair use allows educational use of copyright material, but it does so only if there is no anticipation of wider distribution.A situation such as this is an excellent opportunity to use open content. The Creative Commons web site is a great place to find media that meets your requirements.

  3. Wesley Fryer has a podcast called: "Moving at the Speed of Creativity" that I frequently listen to. Ironically (due to our current project) the last podcast I listened to was reporting on the power of 1:1 implementation- I think he was on a panel including educators from Indiana. So when are you going to start your podcast for edtech? Need any guest show hosts?

  4. The panel was actually from the CoSN conference in Washington, which I also attended. A very interesting talk from a good mix of educators, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone considering a 1:1 initiative (you can listen to it here.) The implementations range from brand new in Philadelphia to an initiative that's been running for around 8 years (I think) in the midwest. Great perspectives all. I've thought about doing a podcast, but not sure who would want to listen. There are so many great ones out there (Steve Hargadon's EdTechLive and Classroom 2.0 Live Conversations come to mind.) We'll be working together on some podcasts for CoSN's k12opentech.org site (which we host here at Saugus) - stay tuned!

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