The title of this post, “Are Teachers Taught About Creative Commons”, was one of the questions from the group of educators we were learning with. This brings up another issue about who owns the learning when it comes to teacher education, but that question is for another day. For now, it is important to understand why being fluent in using Creative Commons is very important to the maker culture in the classroom.
Last week, George Couros shared his work on the innovator’s mindset. He suggested that innovative practice requires both networking and remix.
How do we encourage “remix” with our students and educators?
If we are going to encourage copying and remixing, it is essential that teachers understand proper use of licensing.
Teachers need to help students license their work in a way that will encourage properly attributed use, and encourage further creativity.
Modelling the use of Creative Commons Licensing of work provides a structure for thinking in a positive way about creativity, sharing, and remixing.
Where can you find more help in understanding Creative Commons Licensing? Bill Ferriter has provided an excellent page of resources here. In Ontario, Rodd Lucier is one of our best experts and he has written profusely on the topic.
How do you find Creative Commons Licensed work? A number of search engines can be found here: http://search.creativecommons.org/
Compfight – choose CC licensed images (HTML embed code for attribution provided for bloggers and online teachers)
This amazing resource from Gail Desler: Can I Use That? A Guide To Creative Commons