Can I use it? Can I share it? Is it legal?

Creative Commons Licences, Copyright, Open Education Resources

These terms may or may not be new to you, but in an ever-changing world, even if you have a basic grasp of what they mean as a citizen of New Zealand, when you apply an educational lens over them, a whole new layer of meaning emerges.

As digital-by-default becomes assumed rather than stated, all educators have the added responsibility to deliver and demonstrate ethically sourced, cited, and repurposed information in our work.

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson

This post is just a heads up, really. Over the coming months we will be delving deeper into the topics of:

Our purpose is to support educators with reading and viewing resources curated to deepen thinking and understanding of what these big three mean to us when we create, share, and repurpose content and resources as educators.

In this post we’re shining our spotlight on resources created by Creative Commons NZ that support New Zealand educators, school leaders, and Boards of Trustees as they shift mindset and practice towards Creative Commons (CC) licencing.

creative commons

Taking the Creative Commons path

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand @cc_Aotearoa are the kaitiaki (guardian) of the New Zealand Creative Commons licences that enable the voluntary sharing of copyright material in Aotearoa. They are a Kiwi remix on an international movement toward open access licensing, and are here to support the use of Creative Commons licences in New Zealand.” 1

If heading down the CC path feels overwhelming, be assured, others have walked this path. There are user stories to inspire and support you and policies to use and adapt. From only four schools in 2013 adopting Creative Commons policies, we’re now close to one hundred schools in 2016 — you’ll not be alone in your journey. Albany Senior High, Warrington School, Wellington High School, Tawa Intermediate are a few that can inspire you, and Matt McGregor from Creative Commons NZ can be contacted to check if schools in your area are early adopters you can learn from.

Stephen Lethbridge (@stephentpk) from Taupaki School, wrote is an inspiring case study on hisblog that walks the reader through his school's experience and learnings as they embedded Creative Commons thinking into daily practice.


Start as you mean to go on

it’s one thing to know that you need to do something about these issues, but it’s another to make a meaningful and robust policy and implementation of that policy. Really important questions need to be asked. Following are some starter questions along with resources to assist in answering them.

Important questions you and your school/kura/centre should be asking:

And here’s something else that may be of use to you as you think about these issues.

Hot off the press

A Quiet Revolution

Creative Commons have recently published A Quiet Revolution.

This is fantastic and chatty read about New Zealand’s uniquely number  #8 wire approach to Creative Commons across the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) and Education sectors. The ebook price is sure to delight you!

“The past few years have seen a quiet, relatively well behaved, and entirely legal revolution in Aotearoa: the growth of a thriving Commons of works made available under Creative Commons open copyright licences. A Quiet Revolution tells Kiwi stories as diverse as open source houses, teachers banding together to share resources, government departments making their data available for anyone to use, and artists sharing their work in a spirit of collaboration and community – and shows how something as seemingly dry as copyright licensing can have profound impacts on our society, culture and economy. If you’ve ever wondered how copyright applies to you, how Creative Commons actually works, or why so many people choose to use Creative Commons licensing, then here are the answers.”

The Creative Commons global community helps us all share knowledge and creativity with the world; the power of individuals and groups creating and sharing what they’ve invested energy, ideas and IP creating.

How are you and your school harnessing and contributing to this new era of collaboration and productivity?

In vain have you acquired knowledge
if you have not imparted it to others.
Deuteronomy Rabbah

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Paula Eskett

Paula Eskett is a Library and Information professional with 30 years experience. She is currently CORE Education's Knowledge Curator. Her background includes working in digital, community and research libraries, consulting, and managing school libraries. Paula was the first non-teacher in New Zealand to be awarded a CORE Education eFellowship. Paula’s expertise lies in the design of libraries and learning spaces, which create and invite school-community engagement, collaboration and ownership
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