The move to distance learning has certainly had some pitfalls. On top of all of the programming changes and logistical considerations, we’re hearing horror stories of the inappropriate use of digital tools and teachers unintentionally violating copyright laws. It is crucial for teachers to make themselves aware of the privacy and security guidelines for their school board while also being aware of Fair Dealing and Copyright laws for online content. Here is some food for thought, and a few tools and resources that may be helpful for teachers while creating and linking to online content.
Posting YouTube Videos
YouTube videos may be used for educational purposes in Canada so long as the creator and the source of the video is credited. However, you might want to consider not posting a direct link to the YouTube video on your learning platform. This link will take the students to the YouTube channel and the student may then freely search other content. Maybe it is just me, but I’ve experienced the liquor advertisement pop up while watching a video in my classroom or the next video automatically plays and the content is not suitable for students. Teachers may want to try using online tools such as ViewPure or Safesharetv before copying the link into a learning platform. These tools filter out advertisement and connects only the the video itself.
Reading Books Online to Students
A number of Canadian Publishers have opened up access to Educators to read published works online. There are guidelines that an Educator must follow in order to do post an online story time. For a list of participating publishers and more information on how to respect copyright for Canadian authors visit access copyright. Scholastic Canada has also extended access to Educators to read published works online. The instructions on how to use Scholastic works is a little different. Visit the Scholastic Read Aloud portion on the Scholastic Canada website in order to follow their rules and regulations.
FairDealing and Copyright
There are copyright laws specific to Education. If you want to make sure that you can use something without violating copyright laws you can use the Fair Dealing Decision Tool. Teachers can also refer to the Copyright Matters Document.
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