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Adventures in copyright

Jan 20, 2011, 18:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russ Goerend)

"A few events took place that affirmed for me that pushing forward with the agenda to rid our room of copyright violations and plagiarism is the right course of action.

"I'll say this first: it'll be a long journey and this project was just a start. I'm certain we've got some accidental plagiarists and copyright violators in our room. That's OK, though. Really. This is a safe place for us to fail. I've been reading David Perkins's book Making Learning Whole and I feel good about this project we're finishing up and the one we're starting tomorrow. We're doing what Mr. Perkins refers to as Junior Varsity games. Students are researching, synthesizing, and creating--and doing all the parts involved in that process--but at a small scale. We haven't taken anything out of "the game"; instead, we're practicing the whole game over and over. The point is that if some has plagiarized or violated copyright, we'll be able to learn from it. They won't get kicked out of school or flunk my class. We'll be able to evaluate what went wrong and where we can go right in the future."

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