Before we get too far along in the month, I'd like to explain where I got the idea for this project. Or at least trace back to some of the seed ideas that led to it.
When you put your ideas an opinions out there into the world several times a week for 7+ years, you think hard about the way you use others' work based on the ways you hope others are using yours.
2. POETRY FRIDAY
Most every blogger who participates in Poetry Friday is very mindful about getting permission to share another poet's whole poems, or else they post a part of a poem and link to another site (or the book) where the rest can be found. I've never been turned down when I emailed a poet to ask for permission to use a poem on our blog. All were thrilled to be asked.
3. STUDENTS AND COPYING
Teachers and librarians have made it crystal clear to students that copying others' work is very very bad. And it is. We don't want them to copy others' homework or others' answers on math tests. But children overgeneralize our adult finger-shaking and believe that if they put a red umbrella in their story, then any other child in the class who puts a red umbrella in their story is copying, which is very very bad. Parody feels to children like it, too, should be illegal. It seems too much like copying.
And yet I see my students (taught, sometimes, to do this by other teachers) dragging images to their computer desktop to use without attribution in their projects...without a second thought about copying. It seems like it's just easier to ban all kinds of copying than it is to explore the fine lines of sharing and remixing ideas and to take the time to ask for permission or cite attribution.
With this project, I want to
- raise awareness of the resources that are available and freely offered for use/reuse
- model attribution etiquette
- promote the spirit of creative collaboration
THE RULES OF COLLABORATION
1. Share ideas.
2. Create with joy.
3. Work together.
4. Don't destroy.
© Mary Lee Hahn, 2013
Here's a sweet little "almost haiku" from Lisa (Steps and Staircases):
Well said, as always--
Mary Lee, monitor and guide
of Internet hallways!
From Carol (Carol's Corner), after a looooonnnggg day of work, this brilliant Abcedarian, which I'm thinking I'll make into a poster for my classroom motto:
If you have a minute, go back to yesterday's post and check out some of the fire-breathing poems that Carol, Linda and Kevin wrote!
Each day in April, I will feature media from the Wikimedia Commons ("a database of 16,565,065 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute") along with bits and pieces of my brainstorming and both unfinished and finished poems.
I will be using the media to inspire my poetry, but I am going to invite my students to use my daily media picks to inspire any original creation: poems, stories, comics, music, videos, sculptures, drawings...anything!
You are invited to join the fun, too! Leave a link to your creation in the comments and I'll add it to that day's post. I'll add pictures of my students' work throughout the month as well.