Fair Use, Copyright, and Best Practice Codes in Education

The document and video of The Code of Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy in Education, discussed the importance of a code of best practices that can help many educators teach but mainly those in the area of the media literacy environment. Through the video I was stunned to find out that there is a possibility that an instructor can be at fault if they were to show a video in class. Many instructors in this video expressed how sometimes they’re confused as to what they should and shouldn’t do when it comes to teaching through the means of copyright material in their classroom. This document also expresses that, “Educational guidelines have often hurt more than they have helped.” Many of these instructors are at a loss of frustration and confusion when it comes to these guidelines because they believe that they should follow all the guidelines that are decided by the experts, which are actually non-lawyers. The author of this document also feels that educators should propose the most coherent plan in order to improve and change their rights so that they can assure themselves of being able to have the rights of fair use. I think the use of the best practice codes will be very beneficial to many of the educators who feel at a loss when it comes to copyright material.

I also agree with the document when it states that, “Media literacy education helps people of all ages to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens.” I agree with this statement because I actually feel more comfortable when videos or power points are visually presented in a classroom. Sometimes students are able to acknowledge the material that is being taught more by the instructor if they are given some sort of visual example.  I actually find it challenging in one of my other courses to be able to understand when the material is sometimes being only taught and presented through the blackboard because the instructor’s hand writing is difficult to read or when it is verbally spoken by the instructor because her fast pace of verbally teaching the material is difficult to comprehend and to understand through her accent. Therefore, copyright videos and power points are sometimes the better solution for getting the lesson across to the students, it also helps to develop a good learning experience by being able to visually see, read and understand the material that is being presented.

-Astrid Sarmiento

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