I must admit I am very pleased with this final project for Course 2. As of now I have not yet implemented the unit plan in my class but I have done some build up to with some work using the Everything is a Remix series from Kirby Ferguson. I felt it important to first speak about the nature of content as being recycled and reused before moving towards helping my students understand the role of attribution and creative commons in general.
Very few of my 8th grade students know about Creative Commons and I know the learning curve will be steep for students. But I also know that an 8th grade student can see the value and importance of giving credit where credit is due. What I hope to be incredibly powerful about this unit is that we are now putting these students into the direct scenario of having to use other student’s work and having their work used by others. It is my hope that this switching of roles will help them to see the importance of attribution and open their minds to the concepts associated with CC.
Collaborating with two other Art teachers has been a joy. My site based professional group is small, at my school there is one Art teacher per division. Being able to connect with both Anne and Nicki has been an absolute blast. I love getting their feedback and connecting with their ideas. I also know that connecting between China, Singapore and the UAE has its difficulties – contextually, culturally, and time based. But I can only say how great the experience has been and I look forward to seeing what will come of the lessons we have collaborated on. I hope others might give this a go, or want to possibly join us once we have it up and running (part two: implementation).