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Copying Right and Copying Wrong with Web 2.0 Tools in the Teacher Education and Communications Classrooms

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Abstract

Understanding the tenets of copyright in general, and in particular, in online communication and publishing with Web 2.0 tools, has become an important part of literacy in today’s Information Age, as well as a cornerstone of free speech and responsible citizenship for the future. Young content creators must be educated about copyright law, their own rights as content creators, and their responsibilities as producers and publishers of content derived from the intellectual property of others. Educators should prepare them for responsible and ethical participation in new forms of creative expression in the Information Age.  The recent integration of video and audio content and the implementation of Web 2.0 tools in the contemporary English language classroom has made this learning environment a particularly appropriate proving ground for the examination of current student practices with respect to intellectual property. This paper, written by Ewa McGrail and J. Patrick McGrail, describes an approach employed with English education and communications students to prepare them for such a complex subject matter.

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