Introduction to Digital Citizenship and Copyright module

Welcome to the second Digital Citizenship module for 2010
The Digital Citizenship and copyright module continues to highlight the need to address appropriate, responsible, safe, ethical behavior online, especially in reference to accessing and sharing material online. "Digital technologies are creating increasing opportunity for learners to become content creators instead of simply content consumers. Ease of development of content in rich, multimedia forms as well as traditional print can now be achieved with desktop applications and uploaded with ease to sites for sharing." For more on Open Education Resources, go to Core's Ten Trends @

This online seminar/resource has been created to:
  • Address the current trends of Digital Citizenship with links to Ministry initiatives
  • Create some dialogue around the trends associated with Digital Citizenship - the connected confident learner and the influences that impact on clusters and schools in general
  • Create a blended learning opportunity where we can contribute our wealth of knowledge to support each other and to help address common needs
  • Encourage on-going dialogue online while modeling appropriate use of technologies
  • Encourage trialing new ideas and reflective practice for improved outcomes for students

  1. Understanding copyright - Copyright in a digital world, copyright law in schools, the future of copyright law
  2. Licensing digital content - Overview, understanding Creative Commons, software licensing
  3. Teaching about copyright - Teaching the concept, teaching Creative Commons, researching without plagiarism, downloading material
  4. Educational content online - Issues to consider, teacher created content, student created content
  5. Resources - Current events, schools sharing, resources for schools

Your participation:
This module has been created to encourage you to engage with the material provided. While the module remains live, everyone's contributions are valued and invited. Experts and mentors will be available to discuss any queries or ideas. Discussions will be monitored and responded to in a timely fashion. We hope this module will ignite new thinking, encourage dialogue around Digital Citizenship and copyright issues.

Something to consider...

In a survey of 109 teachers and 39 students as part of a project written up in research paper titled "Intellectual property: what do teachers and students know?"participants were asked to say if they had heard of copyright and fair dealings (as well as other terms related to intellectual property) and to give a definition for them. Worryingly, both teachers and students showed a lack of understanding about these terms in general.

Of the 82% of teacher respondents who defined copyright, 26% correctly noted that it protects written, visual, and audio works from being copied. The students were more familiar with copyright than with other terms, with 16/39 noting that ‘it stops your work from being copied’. The most common misconception about copyright was that a person needs to do something to get it, such as register a piece of work or get a licence. In fact, a copyright applies immediately to a created piece of work (though the burden of proof of the date, originality etc remains with the creator.) Other misconceptions arose from not knowing that the work does not need to be published, a copyright protection is not bought, and protection is not just against commercial gain by others for using your work. Copyright does not apply to ideas unless they are written down or otherwise recorded. Four of the students confused copyright with plagiarism.

Louise Starkey, Susan Corbett, Ann Bondy and Susan Davidson, 2009

Additional resources to consider:

Module one - an overview of digital citizenship

Revisit the first module to get an overview of being a digital citizen