A PTLLS microteach on copyright for the classroom

[Words of warning: If you have come here by searching “PTLLS” “microteach” then by all means take a look at what I did – I am sharing this with you after all – but your own microteach will only work if you are passionate and knowledgeable abut the content, just repeating what I did won’t work.]

A few weeks ago I asked you for ideas onĀ what I could teach about copyright in 15 minutes. Last week was finally time to deliver the session.

The overall aim of the session was: To recognise three types of material licence in order to create legal resources for the classroom.

The specific objectives were:

  • By the end of the session students will be able to state the difference between copyright, public domain and Creative Commons material.
  • Match some of they key characteristics with these three types of licence.
  • Use licensed material in their own resources.

I started with a very quick brainstorm (or word shower as we have to say) on where people would get their online resources from. Websites such as Google, Yahoo, BBC News and Pinterest all came up.

To test their starting knowledge of copyright, public domain and Creative Commons I ran this quick true or false quiz.

I delivered a five minute presentation on a few key points:

  • What is copyright?
  • Who owns copyright and when is it applied?
  • What is the fair use exemption for education and how can it be used?
  • When do copyright materials enter the public domain?
  • What does public domain mean for using materials in the classroom?
  • How can people open up their own copyright with Creative Commons licences?

To test what they had heard I ran a matching exercise using the sheet below.

They were given 18 statements, all shuffled, that they had to match with the three types of licence. There were six statements per licence.

After going through the correct order on the matching exercise they had an opportunity to go back to their quiz to make any changes they wanted to their answers.

We ran through the answers, did a quick Q&A and handed out all of the completed sheets to wrap up the session.

Everyone seemed to think that the session had gone well and based on how new a lot of the information seemed to them it was clearly needed.

If I were to run the session again I’d have to be a lot tighter on the timings, perhaps cutting down one or two of the exercises.

Thanks to everyone who fed in their ideas at the planning stages.

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