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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus The lesson focus will be to allow students to practise when working with licensed materials in their projects. The lesson will look at how students can apply what they have learned about licensing to their own work

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words copyright, license, proprietary, liberal, open source These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment Ensure my work contains only appropriately licensed content Evidence here will be the students showing best practise in their work and not violating these licensing laws in their general IT practise.  They should be able to demonstrate the provenance of any code or items they use. Explore different digital artifacts and discuss whether they are free or controlled.  Do students know what they can use for free and can they evaluate if items are worth purchasing as they have to.
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Some questions and examples will get the students thinking about what they understand by "free".  The assumption is that if they can find stuff on the Internet, it must be free.  If someone else stole it on their behalf, but it is licensed, then it is still stolen if they use it.  Better to find free and open resources. The law, whether you agree or disagree, is the law.  Currently, the punishment for using copyright material without permission is £50,000 and 10 years in prison.  Is it worth using pirated material for this when the same things can mostly be found for free.
Learning Objectives
  • To understand and apply the use of copyrighted material
  • To describe and explain, with examples, how appropriately licensed material was used
  • To understand how and when to use appropriately licensed content

Students will need to understand open source licensing in basic terms that they can apply more rigorously in later lessons or be able to analyse to some degree.  They will also need to show that they understand when they need to credit other people's work if they use it.

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • practical work on appropriate licensing practise
  • detailed look at the principles of licensed content and the law and how to apply these ideas
  • Students can break into groups and work on their own ideas about the terms and ideas
  • Class discussion and evaluation of the wider uses of open source or closed source in their work
  • Summarize the key points and reinforce the importance of the law

In this lesson we need to make sure students have a good understanding of the law of license and how it applies to them, as well as see evidence that they have taken this information on board.  If they use other people's content, in whatever manner, they need to be clear that they have checked the license and legal restrictions.

Discuss again issues about sharing material and the aspects of copyright, focusing on their legal obligations.

Use some of the student's own work examples to share with the group and discuss the quality of the examples chosen.  Check for understanding.

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. investigate digital materials and check for licensing
  2. show students some more examples of digital artifacts and discuss the legal aspects
  3. group work to work on some of their own views and examples
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

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Material on the Internet, even though it is easy to get to, is still controlled by laws and regulations.  You need to be clear about what you are allowed to use and when you are likely to be breaking the law.

These sites offer free alternatives to paid for materials:

Open Clip Art

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Free Music Archive.

Homework Get students to complete writing a blog about their views on copyright and the law. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding. Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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