These are "content guidelines" for our COV learning community videos. This list is subject to change, and your input is welcome.
1- Contributed videos should be appropriate to show in K-12 classrooms. While not all content needs to be necessarily "appropriate" at an intellectual/cognitive level for primary age students, the words and language used should at all times be appropriate. (i.e. no profanity, derogatory language, racist language, etc.)
2- Themes of contributed videos should be generally positive and constructive. Issues can certainly be addressed as "Public Service Announcements" (PSAs) which are contentious and challenging to communities, but topics should be addressed in a way that is always appropriate. Use the "school board litmus test." Is the video appropriate to show and share at a local school board meeting? If not, it is likely not appropriate to be shared here on our COV learning community.
3- Remember the videos you create not only represent yourself and your school, but also your community and our state. We want to put our best foot forward. This does not mean we want to avoid all topics which could be controversial or difficult (addressing drug abuse, teen pregnancy, etc. in a PSA or service learning video can be VERY appropriate, for example) but it does mean we want to consider our audience and purpose. In general, most videos created and shared here should focus on some aspect of oral history, community history, school history, family history, or state geography.
4- Submitted videos should include some kind of audio narration. This can be interview audio, narrated audio by the author or another person, or a combination of these. Videos should NOT simply be images set to music, like a music video.
5- Images, audio, music and video footage included in your video must comply with U.S. copyright law. To comply with copyright, COV project facilitators recommend participants use:
- Homegrown media: Media you create personally and either have the copyright to or obtain permission to copy and use
- Creative Commons media: Media created by others and licensed up-front for re-use and remixing
- Fair-Use media: Media which can be used under fair use provisions of US Copyright law
Remember copyrighted works CAN be used in videos if they comply with fair use provisions of the law.
For more information and guidance about copyright, Creative Commons and fair use guidelines, please refer to the Copyright and Fair Use Resources
section of our project wiki. Those resources include three videos we show during our phase 1 workshop:
- Get Creative (Intro to Creative Commons)
- Copyright, What's Copyright?
- Fair Use Explained via Disney - A Fair(y) Use Tale
6- Attribution: Please include source citations for your video either in the video as end-credits or as a comment to your shared video posted in our online learning community. To do this, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT you copy image websites/URLs as you save them! We recommend doing this in a word processing document.
If you have a question about whether a topic is appropriate to address in a video shared here on the COV learning community, please contact one of of our project facilitators and/or post the question here in our forum.
What points would you add or change to the suggested guidelines above?