Featured wiki: Copyrightfriendly

Joyce Valenza started the Copyrightfriendly wiki in August of 2007.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
I use the Copyright Friendly pathfinder to support student and teacher media creation. Our students are deeply involved in digital storytelling and sharing the results of their research in media. They need access to the quickly growing number of portals of copyleft and public domain images, music, sound effects and video.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
Although I haven’t used it much in this particular wiki, I embed like crazy in most of my other wikis. (See our Virtual Library.) That little embed icon is my personal favorite and a happy spot for most of our learners too.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
Our students are using wikis as parking lots/looseleaf notebooks for their major research projects. (See this blog post.)

Wikis allow students to gather and store media of all types — including their video reflections on the process, their final knowledge products — and they allow for transparency and interactivity. Wikis seem to be our basic building platform for aggregating so many of the other 2.0 tools — glogs, digital stories, online calendars, polls, RSS feeds, and so much more.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
I said it today when Allison discovered she could easily embed feeds from soldiers’ blogs in Afghanistan to help support her research and her cigar drive in honor of her older brother who returns soon.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
Go to sleep, Joyce!

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink


    I’m so happy to see your copyright friendly wiki here! When I coined the phrase “copyright friendly” almost 20 years ago, it was because I wanted to encourage the availability of media that people in general, and students in particular, could actually use.

    Back in the early 90s, sharing wasn’t so easy, but even then I knew that having an audience for their work was an important part of the experience for students creating media-rich projects with HyperStudio, and if the work couldn’t be shared, it was an obstacle to the overall process.

    Thank you for helping people find media resources that can actually be used!

    Roger Wagner
    Designer, HyperStudio

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