Sunday, 21 April 2013

Home Schooling ICT, part 2: Copyright.

The focus of this week’s lesson was to look at the privacy and legal issues of online behaviours. I wanted to introduce the idea that web sites (and therefore other people) know more about her that she explicitly gives permission, and that even though digital piracy is easy, digital commerce is easier.

Lesson 2: Staying safe and legal with other digital media
·       Identifying types of digital media
·       Understanding ownership of digital media
·       Understanding comparative value of digital versus physical media

1.     Write a list of all digital media types
2.     Look at a [school] photo posted. Did all the children want to be posted online? What happens if they decide when they’re grown up that they don’t like their picture?
3.     Go to and learn about cookies and what they are used for. Think about why cookies may not be a good idea. Write a list of good and bad things about cookies.
4.     Draw a flow of money in a physical media transaction, and then of a digital media transaction. How does this flow change if media is shared?
5.     Find examples of things that have a copyright disclaimer.
6.     Buy some digital content legally: decide whether to download new DM album from 7digital, amazon or iTunes.
7.     Critical evaluation - How many different ways can one pay for content? Why is it important to pay for content? Why might people not pay for content?

The conclusions I was aiming at were that: she needs to be critical in how she shares information online; that there is a whole value chain that relies on consumer purchases; and that there’s more than one value chain.  I don’t think I succeeded in the last point, because we didn’t have time to discuss advertisements properly. We also didn’t really examine the grey area of copyright: fair use. These last two points get quite sophisticated quickly, and I think are above KS2 ability level. However, it’s because they are still areas of debate for even knowledgeable commentators, that they are still important concepts to introduce.

More in this series: part 1, part 3.

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