By default, anything that is created and shared is protected by copyright laws...
This means that you can't simply "copy and paste" anything you find without getting the express permission from the copyright owner (the original creator of the text, image, music, video). Although it is very simple to do, it is not the right thing to do.
Learning about intellectual property is important to our students
These concepts are explicitly identified to be taught and developed in students through the ICT general capability of the Australian Curriculum. They are skills they need in order to communicate, create and share in a digital world.
By the end of Prep:
students recognise ownership over their own digital work
By the end of Year 2:
students recognise ownership of digital products that others produce and that what they create or provide can be used or misused by others
By the end of Year 4:
students acknowledge when they use digital products created by someone else, and start to indicate the source
By the end of Year 6:
students identify the legal obligations regarding the ownership and use of digital products and apply some referencing conventions
This is my video. This is my partner's video.
I can share my pictures with the class so we can all use them in our iBook. When I share a picture on the internet, other people can copy it and use it.
This picture came from a website. I have permission to use it because it is public domain. Here is the link.
Some of the things I find on the internet are free for me to use, but some are not. Here is the owner of the image, the title, source and the Creative Commons licence.
Students learn from our example
Stealing is both illegal and unethical. When we abide by copyright laws, we are protecting ourselves from possible legal ramifications, but also setting a good example for our students.
A spectrum of rights
Things we can use...
Not everything on the internet is "fair game". By default, a creative work (such as an image, song, video or text) is automatically protected by copyright. To make it simpler for people to share, create and remix, Creative Commons licences were developed.
When searching for images in a Google Image search, select "Usage Rights" from the Search Tools to limit the results according to the Creative Commons licence.
(On an iPad, first force the Desktop version of Google Search to display by holding the refresh button)
Pixabay holds a large collection of Public Domain images that are free to use. The images are generally high quality and include illustrations as well as photographs. The image needs to be downloaded for use.
Photos for Class is a specially designed search for children. It searches the flickr images, but the images have been filtered so should be appropriate for children. When the image is downloaded, the attributions are attached, making it simple for students to give credit for the image.
Similar to a Google Image Search, you can apply filters to the image search to display only images that have a particular licence
Purple Planet has a collection of instrumental tracks that can be used as backing tracks for student projects. They are organised into moods to make finding a suitable soundtrack easier for students. Students need to include an attribution and link back to the site when using a soundtrack.
CC Mixter holds a collection of musical works shared under Creative Commons licences. There are samples, instrumental loops and a cappella tracks. digCCmixter contains a collection of soundtracks for use in podcasts and video games.
Copyright and Creative Commons Learning Resources
When attributing, include:
for the work
- Locate an image on the web that you have permission to use.
- Copy or download the image and embed it into a presentation slide in Canva, Keynote, PowerPoint or other software of your choice.
- Add a slogan or headline about Creative Commons to the image.
- Attach the required attribution and license to your work.
- Share your work with others