According to a 2018 survey on Teens, Social media and Technology by the Pew Research Center, teens ranked Youtube as the most popular social media for 85% of teens.
What does this mean for the classroom? It means teachers can leverage video to teach students to think critically, become smart consumers of products and information, identify the role of media in culture, and create media responsibly.
The internet exposes students to a vast variety of content from different sources in the form of text messages, memes, social media, viral videos, video games, advertising, and more. With YouTube being responsible for more than a third of all mobile traffic, videos would play a crucial role in educating students on the premise that all media shares one thing: Someone created it for a reason. Sometimes the goal is to share knowledge and educational resources. Equally, users can also promote discrimination.
Understanding that reason is the basis of media literacy.
Media literacy education requires the use of media in the classroom so it’s important for educators and administrators – as well as students and parents – to have a basic understanding of the structure and purpose of legal frameworks addressing intellectual property, particularly regarding copyright.
Copyright in Vidigami
A key aspect of media literacy is understanding the concept of copyright — the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish or perform an original literary, artistic, dramatic or musical work. When an individual owns the copyright of their work, he/she controls how others can use it to protect its value.
Traditionally the copyright of school assignments is implicit. However, as the classroom embraces digital media, it is crucial to have a copyright registry of student work.
When teachers use Vidigami to document student work, they can assign students as copyright holders, which not only grants students ownership over their creations but also centralizes their work in a personal portfolio, an essential asset for any student’s academic and professional growth.