I think it’s safe to say that the creative commons have everything to do with standard 3, “Research and Information Fluency.” Students need to know what is ok to use and what is not. They need to be able to find information (b and c), that is acceptable for public use, and then know how to use that information.
The exciting thing for me about the creative commons is how much freedom there really is for teachers. I didn’t realize that there was so much flexibility in what educators can and cannot use. I didn’t realize that the line is really drawn on what can be taken out of the classroom and what has to stay. I think that in my case, most of the things I use from the internet, stay in the classroom. I have never really worried about what I looked at and used, but when I saw the topic of creative commons appear on our class course, I got a little nervous. The more I looked, the more I am confident about what I am doing. I tend to use a lot of youtube videos, graphics, and things I just pull off line real quickly. I am very glad to hear that most of the things I do are ok (and now I’m much more conscience of what I shouldn’t use!).
I think where a lot of teachers get into trouble is photocopying I know that I have done things I shouldn’t have and now know is not ok. Since I am a new teacher, I think I have more of an awareness than lots of older, more experienced teachers do about what to use and how to use it. Since this is something that is not very closely regulated, I think a lot of teachers take this for granted. There are not any “copying police” that teachers are worried about. Also, I think that it is a topic that is not talked about all that often. Unless you are taking classes (like I am), you probably won’t be talked to about how to use things and how to not use different resources. I do think that there are many infringements, most of them very minor in schools, but none the less, infringements.
As an elementary teacher, my team and I use graphics a lot when we send things home. We put cute little pictures on papers, put pictures next to our spelling words, and throw different images into our flip-charts. Most of the time i think this is ok. Do you guys think it’s ok to put random pictures on homework for spelling? That’s a part of the classroom right?
I think there are some gray areas when it comes to creative commons, but for the most part I was happy to hear about all the freedoms that educators have. I hope that teachers don’t begin to take advantage and get some of these privileges taken away. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have the internet to help me educate my students!