In the age of the mash-up it often seems to students (and adults) that it is OK to use any images, video, or sounds they find on the internet in school projects. While the copyright guidelines for educational use are more relaxed than those for commercial use, it is more than ever it is important to model copyright etiquette for our students and teach them acceptable use for media.
What does "fair use" mean in a digital age? It seems like the answer to that question is constantly changing, but if we teach our students the basic differences between copyrighted materials and materials that are in the creative commons we have taken one large step toward teaching copyright etiquette. Here are the steps you can take as a teacher to help:
Kathleen Cushman , author of Fires in the Bathroom, has a new book for educators. This time in Fires in the Mind she and a group of students have investigated motivation and mastery. Through personal anecdotes and data from interviews Cushman tries to shed light on what motivates today's teens and how teachers can use this to spur motivation in the classroom. You can get a glimpse into their research by visiting two websites: What Kids Can Do and the website for her book Fires in the Mind.org.
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