Cyber safe = cyber smart


When your teacher gives you research to do, I'd like to think that your first step would be to come to the library and check out a book. But, you know you're going to search online. And I know you're going to search online. So if you're going to go online, here's some stuff for you to think about...

 

I'm sure you can walk through a mall with your friends in public and not:

  • Reveal your name to strangers
  • Have conflicts with passers-by
  • Shout
  • Have temper tantrums
  • Swear out loud
  • Leave photos and video in the food court for people to take
  • Embarrass yourself by picking your nose. Right?


The stuff in this folder will help you learn not to do these things ONLINE!

Beyond the basics


Bored by the basic essay? Want your teacher to sit up and pay attention? Here are some really cool ideas you may want to consider to show off what you've learnt!

  • Microsoft Publisher will allow you to easily create professional looking posters, brochures, flyers, etc., and if you need any help, the library staff will be happy to assist you.
  • Why don't you try a glog? A glog is a kind of online poster- a fancy creation with cool backgrounds, text, images, music, video - all designed by you that gives you the perfect way to express yourself.
  • Or what about a voki? Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. You can create a character and use it to present information for a project, or even to practise French or Spanish pronunciation.
  • Why be square? Don't limit yourself to the straight lines of Microsoft PowerPoint! Check this out and then check out prezi yourself!

Copyright friendly media resources

Images, video and sound can add a lot to your work and the Internet offers you amazing access to all of them. We want you to be creative - but in a responsible way, so we expect you to respect the integrity of intellectual property.
Searching for open content is easier than you think. You can use Google to search for Creative Commons content, look for pictures at Flickr, albums at Jamendo, and general media at Spinxpress. The Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia's multimedia warehouse, is also a core user of Creative Commons licenses.

So what exactly do you need to remember about using images, video and sound created by other people?

  • Use reasonable amounts of their works and
  • always, always cite them carefully.
  • When you do use remix other people's work, make sure your use adds value to the original effort. So here are some useful sites with copyright-friendly images and sound that you can use ethically, as well as some with Creative Commons licensing.

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