One of my colleagues teaches a grade 11/12 interdisciplinary course on leadership in which this year she has incorporated  Flat Class Project. Before the Flat Class Project began, she and I co-planned and co-taught a series of introductory lessons on social media, curating content, creative commons, and digital citizenship and footprint.

I had heard about CC before, but I had never taught it or used it. In preparation, I decided to license my photographs on my weebly website. At the time, I had numerous conversations with family members about CC, and consistently the most challenging hurdle to ‘getting’ CC was the notion that one can actually be caught using unlicensed material. Everyone understood the ethics; i.e, that it is good form to get permission and give attribution, but not that it is legally necessary. The senior students also struggled with this idea. They simply have no evidence of the contrary. They have been using images, video, and audio from the web their entire lives without issue. Why believe me? Moreover, as we are a school system (very tiny) that is only now considering making the transformation that would see ubiquitous technology use, no other teacher theses students have know about or are concerned about permission and attribution.

This, then, describes my motivation for taking this course. One day very soon, it will occur to my colleagues that in having students blog or create wikis, or Glogs, or other online content they will need to ensure that the content is ethical and legal. Like any new task I want my students to do, I attempt it first. I am hoping that this course, or materials from this course will support the learning and teaching that my colleagues will need to embrace in the near future.