Frequently Asked Questions: All Audiences

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Who made MediaBreaker/Studios?

MediaBreaker Studios was developed by The LAMP in partnership with InsertCulture and Minds on Design (MOD) Lab. Extensive testing and design feedback was conducted with educators from Convergence Academies in Chicago, and students and after-school program leaders with Global Kids in New York.

This material is based on work supported by John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation under Prime Award No. 13-104890-000-USP and The Regents of the University of California. Some resource and curricula were produced in partnership with The After-School Corporation (TASC) with support from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust and the Pinkerton Foundation. Additional funds have also been provided by the Fund for the City of New York.

How much does it cost to use MediaBreaker/Studios?

Nothing. MediaBreaker/Studios is free because we believe tools for media literacy education and 21st century learning should be accessible to all. If you agree (and want to help us cover costs around maintenance, servers, resource development and upgrades), please make a tax-deductible donation to The LAMP.

Is it really legal to remix copyrighted media?

In some cases, yes, thanks to the Fair Use clause in United States copyright law. It can be a little confusing, so we’ve created some materials to help you learn more about Fair Use and remix responsibly. We think anyone making or remaking with media needs to have at least a basic grasp of Fair Use – it’s your right to talk back to media, and learn and create from what other people have made.

Because Fair Use and responsible remixing can take a little practice, anything you make in MediaBreaker/Studios will stay in the closed, private MediaBreaker/Studios environment – unless you choose to submit it to be part of The LAMP’s public channel of MediaBreaker videos. In that case, your video will go through a legal review process before it is made public on YouTube.

Are completed breaks visible to the public?

If we review your video and find that it is likely to stand up as a fair use, then we will make it public on our YouTube channel. Otherwise, it will only be visible to the people with permission to view your Studio.

What data will you request from me?

We need your name and an email address – and that’s it. You’ll also create a password, and you will have the option of adding an image to your profile.

We may contact educators directly from time to time about how they’re using the tool, where they’re located geographically or what grade levels they teach, but we’ll never contact a student for this or any other identifying information. We’ll also never sell your email address, or share it outside of The LAMP. Check out our privacy policy for more details.

What’s the difference between MediaBreaker and MediaBreaker/Studios?

MediaBreaker is the name we give to the video remix editing tool itself. MediaBreaker/Studios is the teaching platform we’ve built to complement the MediaBreaker. At this time, you need a free account with MediaBreaker/Studios in order to get the most functionality out of the MediaBreaker editing tool.

Something didn’t work properly while I was using MediaBreaker/Studios. How can I let you know?

You can log bugs here.

I have some feedback I’d like to share about using MediaBreaker/Studios and the editor. What’s the best way for me to share that with you?

Great! Tell us more about your experience here.

How can I get updates and news about the latest MediaBreaker/Studios features, training webinars and learning resources?

Sign up for our MediaBreaker/Studios mailing list. You can unsubscribe any time and will only get MBS news (not general LAMP news).

I still have questions. How do I get in touch?

Send us an email!

Frequently Asked Questions: Educators

How do I know my students’ data is safe?

Trust and safety concerns have been critical to the development of this tool. After all, we’re here because of the 2014-2015 Digital Media Learning Competition Trust Challenge. So, we’re taking care to only ask students and educators for the least amount of information we need, and educators have the ability to make a student’s profile inactive. Teachers will not have access to student passwords but will be able to trigger the password reset process if a student forgets his or her password. No demographics will be collected about a student’s race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. The LAMP will keep records of schools actively using MediaBreaker/Studios and the number of accounts created in association with each school. Student profiles are visible to their teachers and classmates only. No data will ever be sold or used for purposes beyond the use of MediaBreaker Studios, and all profiles which are inactive after a period of nine months will be deleted.

How old should a student be in order to use MediaBreaker Studios?

We recommend that users be at least fourteen years of age, but students younger than that can still use the tool with adult supervision.

What if a student doesn’t have an email address?

We anticipate that most young people over the age of fourteen have an email address, but if not, one workaround may be for an educator to create an email address to create an account to be shared by students without their own email address. However, this will impact some functionality of the tool, especially around awarding Kudos.

Students at my school can only receive emails in their school account that come from my school’s server, so they’re not seeing my invitations for them to join my studios. What should I do?

Speak with your technology administrator and have them whitelist emails coming from

Where can I access sample curricula and lesson plans created by other educators?

This is coming soon!

When students click on links I include in my Learning Experiences, they’re redirected away from MediaBreaker/Studios. How can I prevent this?

When you insert a link on the ‘Create/Edit Experience’ page, the dialog box includes a box for you to check to have the link open in a new tab when clicked. Make sure the box is checked.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Students

What’s a Kudo?

A Kudo is a compliment you can give a break. It allows you to offer positive feedback on your classmate’s breaks, like if you think a particular break is funny, insightful, creative or if you agree with the main point.

How come I can only give one Kudo per video?

We want you to be thoughtful about the feedback you give your classmates. Since you can only give one Kudo per video, then you had better make it count!

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