The Mozilla Curriculum Workshop 9/30/16 – Maker Party & Copyright

I happened to be on Twitter when I caught Paul Oh’s about Mozilla’s Maker Party & Copyright. I skidded in short of halfway through and  caught the live YouTube stream + simultaneous Etherpad collaboration. Chad Sansing moderated the  session.

After brief introductions, the first two questions posted to the Etherpad raised a plethora of experiences, questions, & comments.

Etherpad screenshot

Etherpad screenshot– visit the actual Etherpad to read the proceedings

10:10 – 10:20 AM ET – Questions & Answers  What is copyright like where you live and work? How does ‘working open’ or using open licenses look where you are?   What obstacles does copyright present to you in your work as an educator? How do you help learners understand topics like copyright, open licensing, and the commons or public domain?

10:20 – 10:25 AM ET – Deciding on a project (or projects) we can prototype together. What will help our learners understand copyright/open licensing as they create their own work?

Some of the issues raised and discussed included: who owns work that is done in schools; the negative impact on students when fair use rules are misinterpreted, e.g., when Youtube takes down student-produced videos and teachers have to expend significant energies to have the videos reposted; how to manage student copyright violations when posting of favorite music videos, bands, on school-sponsored sites, etc.; how to model creating and publishing openly; how to use open materials appropriately; challenges researchers face in traditional restricted methods of academic publishing; etc.

The discussion of projects that might be taken up seemed to coalesce around a couple of areas. One involved using technologies to create cool tools to support attribution and copyright awareness, for example,  Mark Shillitoe’s idea of an “x-ray goggles style approach where you can hover over websites, your own websites that highlight material that is open source or the creative commons licence [sic]”.

The other key area was related to developing stuff of all kinds to help people, especially teachers and their students, learn about openness and the decisions that come with it; ownership and attribution; Creative Commons licensing; etc.

The action to follow will be a meeting of interested folks who have passed on their contact information to Chad, either via Twitter DM or email.

My interest in this is simple. For as much as I want teachers to begin to think about bringing the Web into their classrooms, I want them to do it with an awareness of the history of the Web and the intentions behind its design. When articles and commentary talk about the Web as a lynchpin to democracy, I think this can be read as “everyone with internet access can publish.” While that’s true, it’s not fully accurate. The open movement is a much more fundamental philosophical context that educators and educational administrators need to understand. Being part of a resource development team is an essential step toward enacting my own belief in the promise of the open Web. Through their Mozilla Learning projects, Mozilla is doing critically important work in these areas. I’m looking forward to getting involved.


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