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The Center for Social Media has published a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education. The Center operates out of the American University in Washington D.C. but has contributors  from all over the U.S. The Code is structured around 5 principles.

“The principles concern the unlicensed fair use of copyrighted materials for education, not the way those materials were acquired.”

  1. EMPLOYING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IN MEDIA LITERACY LESSONS
  2. EMPLOYING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IN PREPARING CURRICULUM MATERIALS
  3. SHARING MEDIA LITERACY CURRICULUM MATERIALS
  4. STUDENT USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS IN THEIR OWN ACADEMIC AND CREATIVE WORK
  5. DEVELOPING AUDIENCES FOR STUDENT WORK

You can download the report HERE.

Mizuko Ito of  the University of California was the lead researcher on the recently published summary report: “Living and learning with New Media“. The study included surveys with over 600 students, focus groups and journal analysis in an attempt to gain an understanding of how youth are utilizing new media in the U.S.

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