How can we keeping our information safe at school?

In education, sharing knowledge is the cornerstone of education. In the review of copyrights, attributions, plagiarism, copyright infringement, transformation, fair use, public domain, and sharing information has been informative and critical for educational leadership. As technology advances, educators should be at the forefront of technology education regarding how information should be shared legally and ethically.

In digital citizens, communicating respectfully and with empathy is one of the most important principles to children as they share pictures, words, and ideas of others.

As educators, the concept of how to share information must start in kindergarten through high school. If the school can begin this type of education early, we can prevent the hurt that sharing information recklessly can do to others. The educators must become more proactive in these situations so that the result from irresponsible sharing can have more consequences as we age and shun as a society.

To actively pursue lifelong learning is also a principle in digital citizenship that should also address copyright infringement, plagiarism, attributions, transformation, fair use, and public domain.

Half of these concepts I am familiar with in the district handbook every year, but half I never knew the definition or how it affected my students or myself. In the past ten years as an educator, these concepts were only discussed when writing papers, but this information is relevant in every aspect of learning through my and my students’ lives. As an educational leader, these topics must be interweaved in the curriculum of each subject as we encourage our students to make a post on ePorfolios, social media, or school web services. We can no longer use ignorance as an excuse not to teach our students what is meaningful and necessary for lifelong learning.

Finally, the principle to uphold basic human rights and freedom of speech is the most critical digital citizenship principle related to copyrights in general. According to The Association of Research Libraries, copyright laws started in the late fifteen century.

The law has a long and drawn-out past. Still, it allows creators to take advantage of their intellectual property during their lifetime and 70 years after currently in the United States. This protects the creators' freedom of speech and original thoughts. However, The Copyright Office in the United States also allows other transformations of copyrighted materials and a variety of fair use of information that does not violate copyright laws. As educators embrace the digital age, we must teach our students how to protect their intellectual property and use others responsibly.

Incorporating all these principles into every curriculum would help bring our students into the digital age and the forefront of intellectual property.

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