WebQuests (ICT Integration)
Be Right About Copyright
While you are at school you are protected to some extent by a copyright allowance made to education known as "fair use". This could cause you to believe that you can copy information and media freely at any time. In fact this mistaken assumption has led to students failing to achieve degree qualifications and employees losing their jobs. It is therefore vitally important that you understand copyright and the fair use agreement while you are still at school. Are you protected from prosecution on copyright laws while at school? Let's find out.
You and your friends run a small advertising company specialising in poster productions. A major publisher, sponsoring a writing education project, has engaged your company to produce a series of four posters on copyright. The posters should each deliver a clear and concise message to learners and teachers.
ProcessAs a collection of four posters your message should answer these four questions without including the actual questions on the poster:
- What is copyright? What is intellectual property?
- What may teachers and learners copy and under what circumstances?
- How do we avoid plagiarism?
- Where may you publish under fair use?
For this assignment, you will work in teams of four and you will divide your task into roles as follows (click on each role for more information):
Meet as a team to discuss the number and types of articles that you would like to include on your website. Construct a mind map to help you identify the categories and levels of content that you will need to include on your website.
Once you have identified the content the webmaster will assign tasks and deadlines in consultation with the representatives. Discuss the layout and design of the website. You will share the responsibility of preparing the layout and you will work as a team with your webmaster when compiling the final product.
Your website should abide by the following guidelines:
- no frames pages (to ensure easy printing)
- pages should be printable
- subtle, yet clear graphic identity
- you must thoroughly cover the topic
- fulfill the criteria listed in the assessment sheet
ResourceCopyright and Fair Use
Frequently-Asked Questions on Copyright
Frequently-Asked Questions on Intellectual Property
10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained
Creating Effective Poster Presentations
An online resource for educators concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism.
ConclusionYour understanding of copyright, intellectual property and fair use will stand you in good stead. By producing these posters you have made a valuable contribution to the education of your peers.
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