good teaching practices
The lead teachers from some Advanced Schools involved in the Living Schools Lab project will lead a chat on Collaborative Learning.
The Living Schools Lab will hold a total of six webinars to present the best practices around different themes of interest for schools and teachers. The webinars are based on themes selected by the Advanced Schools in a way that each theme involves two to four schools. In the framework of the themes, schools work and discuss together, and collect and share resources, practices, ideas, etc.
The schedule of events for 2013 is as follows:
- Collaborative Learning, 28 November 6pm CET
- Building a Flexible Learning Space, 4 December 8 pm CET
- Social Media (and Shakespeare) in the Classroom, 12 December
- Students as digital leaders, 17 December
- 1:1 devices, 18 December
This course introduces you to important theories about learning, and to conditions which may help or constrain achievement in the students’ learning.
This course will emphasise what you can do to act professionally. This includes developing your own philosophy of teaching and making sure that you continue to improve your knowledge and skills. It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession.
In this course you will learn how to use a curriculum to develop meaningful learning activities for each of your students. It will also help you to make better bridges between learning in and out of school and create more effective approaches to home-based learning activities.
Teachers and learners now have unprecedented access to online resources and materials from all over the world. The internet has no borders, but original content published on the internet is subject to national copyright laws. Here are eight key points to keep in mind when using online content or other media in your classroom.
1. What is copyright?
According to the World International Property Organization, “Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps and technical drawings.” These works cannot be reproduced, performed, recorded, or adapted without permission of the author. For educators, this has implications for what materials they use and how they use them.
2. Copyright laws differ from country to country
Each country has its own copyright laws. However, there are some international standards, most based on the Berne Convention. Original works are automatically protected regardless of the laws of the country where they originated. Under the Berne Convention, each country gives original work from any country the same protections. For example, if you find an e-book online by an author from another country, it’s protected by the same copyright laws as a book by an author from your own country.
3. Just because it’s copyrighted doesn’t mean you can’t use it
Copyrighted work can’t be copied, recorded, performed publicly, broadcast, translated or adapted, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used at all! Most countries allow the limited use of copyrighted content without permission in certain circumstances – for example, for educational purposes.
Professor Renee Hobbs, Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media and author of Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning, explains how the rights of creators are balanced with the rights of users.
“In the United States, the copyright law enables us to quote from, to excerpt from, and to use copyrighted material without payment or permission, especially when the social benefit of the use outweighs the harm to the copyright holder. […] That, of course, has powerful implications for what educators can do with copyrighted works in the classroom.”
4. Drawing from a copyrighted work to create something new is okay
Prof. Hobbs emphasized that when you use someone else’s work to transform it into something new, it is considered to be a new creative work.
“The understanding of transformativeness in the United States is now becoming a really important dimension of learning to be a creative author,” she said. “Knowing when you can repurpose other people’s bits of culture in making your own creative work. That becomes an essential competence for learning to be an author in a multimedia age.”
5. Copyright doesn’t last forever
Under the Berne Convention, copyright lasts for 50 years after the death of the author. In some circumstances, like if the author is unknown, the duration is 50 years after the release of the work. For applied art and photographic works, the minimum copyright term is 25 years.
After the copyright expires, the creative work becomes part of the public domain. Material in the public domain can be used freely and without permission for any purpose.
6. Authors can choose to give up some of their rights by publishing their work under a Creative Commons license.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has created a set of licenses that allow authors to make their work available for sharing, repurposing, and remixing, without giving up all of their rights. This is important for educators because it means that there is a vast selection of material that is free and legal to use. However, you should know about the different types of Creative Commons licenses and what each one allows you to do with the material.
How can you find these freely available materials? Creative Commons has a search page that links you to other search services that let you find open content. Even easier: in Google Advanced Search, you can filter your results by usage rights to find content that is free to use, share, and modify.
7. Open Educational Resources (OER) are free for you to use and adapt to your needs
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Educators can use, share, and even modify these materials. For example, you could download a set of exercises, adapt them to suit your students’ needs, and then re-upload your version to share with other educators.
There are several rich repositories of OER:
The OER Commons has almost 50,000 tools that you can browse and access online.
The Open Professionals Education Network has a guide to finding OER with a collection of useful links.
Open Education Europa’s Resources page has a large collection of resources in the 24 European languages and at all educational levels.
8. YOU, as an educator and a consumer, are responsible for maintaining content quality.
Since open content is easy to remix and repurpose, it becomes the responsibility of every user to be vigilant about the quality and integrity of the content they use and produce.
Prof. Hobbs commented, “That ‘marketplace of ideas’ concept that John Milton wrote so eloquently about at the beginning of the 18th century really does inspire us to think about relying on humans’ capacity to make good judgments and distinguish between quality and junk.”
If you are going to use open content from diverse sources, you need to know how to evaluate the material and the source, verify its content through other sources, and teach your students to do the same.
Prof. Hobbs will be speaking at the upcoming Media & Learning conference. Registration is still open and the full programme is available online.
This is an online course to help you understand better how to use technology to enhance your teaching practice. The course is aimed primarily at people teaching at Higher Education level, whether in Higher Education Institutions or Further Education Colleges.
How do new media impact learning? What skills do learners need to participate effectively in a media-rich environment? The 2013 Media & Learning Conference features an impressive line-up of keynote speakers who will address these questions and more.
The keynote speakers at this year’s Media & Learning Conference are prominent professionals in the education, media production, and research sectors who will share their recent work and expert opinions.
Beeban Kidron is the founder of the nationwide FilmClub in the UK and well-known film and documentary director. She will share her thoughts about film and media literacy. Beeban’s most recent documentary “InRealLife” raises important questions about the value and impact of the Internet on young people everywhere.
Renee Hobbs is an internationally recognized authority on digital and media literacy education and will be speaking specifically about how teacher motivation shapes digital learning. She will describe recent research designed to identify twelve distinct motivations for using media and technology in the context of teaching and learning.
Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto. He is a well-respected researcher and outspoken voice in the fields of Technopsychology, Psychotechnology, Neuro-cultural research, Art and communication technologies, Media Theory, and Connected Intelligence.
Stijn Coninx is a well-known Belgian film and television director who has also advised the Flemish Ministry of Education on image literacy. He will join Beeban Kidron for a discussion on what relationship, if any, exists between film and education.
Aidan Chambers is a British author of novels for children and young adults. Last year he launched his own iPad app, “Tablet Tales”, with which he is beginning to explore the effect of writing for the iPad on his own work. Aidan will share his thoughts on the impact of technology on the status of reading in our society.
Sian Bayne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, and Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. Sian is heavily involved in MOOCs and will explore the topics of managing content and the curating media-rich resources.
Russell Stannard is an international teacher trainer in ICT and the CEO of one of the planet’s most popular video sites for teachers. He will share his experiences of using video for teaching and learning. He will describe how the content for the site is produced, how the site is promoted using social networking and what feedback the site has received.
Yves Punie is a well-known European researcher in the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and will present the case for a systemic change towards a more open and innovative form of learning based on findings in Europe and Asia.
José Manuel Pérez Tornero, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), has been leading the EMEDUS research team in their efforts to explore the current state of media literacy in Europe. José Manuel will provide an overview of the research team’s findings and recommendations.
The full programme and registration is available on the conference website. Aimed at everyone concerned with the successful take-up of innovative media-based practices at all levels of education, this conference promises to highlight the most important developments and discussions taking place in relation to media-supported learning.
Erster deutscher Twitterchat für Lehrer, Lehrerinnen und andere Bildungsmenschen findet jeden Dienstag von 20 bis 21 Uhr statt.
First german Twitterchat for teachers and other people at educational contexts - every Tuesday 8pm to 9pm (Berlin timezone).
Über die Themen der Woche wird jeweils bis montags um 18:00 auf der Website abgestimmt.
Die Fragen werden auf Englisch übersetzt, sodass auch Bildungsmenschen aus anderen Ländern teilnehmen können.
The questions are translated in English so also people from other countries can participate.