Do you teach about Creative Commons (CC), either as a kind of resource that your students can integrate into their work or as a way they can license their own?
Here’s a vibrant, easy-to-read resource that can help. The Power of Open tells the stories of creators, entrepreneurs, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations who have used Creative Commons to leverage their influence.
I admit that I use CC much more as a consumer than as a creator. I love CC sources like Jamendo and FlickrCC to help me find CC-licensed music and images for my projects. In my work as a creator, I do some projects for which I hold onto copyright, some for which I assign a CC license, and others that are copyrighted but freely available at no cost online. I have friends and colleagues, though, who expressly license the great majority of their output, from lecture slides to articles, under Creative Commons licenses.
Either way, kids need to know more than the traditional story of copyright or the version espoused by mega-corporations!