Here is my reflective video explaining the HONOR THE CREATOR Unit. I taught this unit to Grade 7 MYP Design students.
The main purpose of this unit is for students to have a better understanding of copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons. After learning more about these concepts, students create a music video to honor the original creators of the songs they used. Students produced a variety of music videos, mostly they, either:
1. Created their own visuals (photography/video) to go with a Creative Commons song.
2. Used Creative Commons visuals (photography/video) to go with a Creative Commons song.
3. Used Fair Use to remix/mash-up copyrighted media.
Here are some examples of student work:
Overall, the unit was a great success. I feel like the unit challenged both me and the kids. We had some great conversations and there were endless STOP – Teachable MOMENTS! I had a lot of questions I had to talk my way through – so many covers and lipdubs done on YouTube that aren’t pulled down, even though they seem to violate Fair Use. In the end, I say that it is up to the original creator, in the end, it promotes their music too. This is a really great resource I found after the unit, that I’ll use next year to promote more discussions.
As I assessed the videos, it was easy to see that most kids really “got it” – and a few kids I needed to check in with more. Overall, most students earned a higher achievement level on this project than they did on the previous two design projects this year.
I wish I asked some students to share their final videos with the musician that created the music to begin with (where possible)- some of the kids created great music videos for these artists. I’m thinking that I can create a resource of how to share their work – as all of this sharing is optional (next year).
I look forward to hearing your feedback. I struggled to get everything into a 10-minute video, but I got most of the important things in it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how my COETAIL colleagues’ final projects went, as well, over the next few weeks!