Why Copyright matters
With increased access to digital content, it is essential that we use online material responsibly and respect the basics of copyright law. Teachers must strive to set a positive example for students and not violate this law inadvertently. Lessons in copyright promote an understanding of intellectual property through proper citation of sources. Students not only develop ethical decision-making skills through proper technology use but also gain knowledge necessary for success in the work force. Teaching and modeling a respect for copyright further supports the Digital Citizenship Standard 6 of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Video resources for understanding Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons
Copyright Basics Flickr & Creative Commons Images Copyright & Fair Use for Education
Teacher background material
- 21 Things 4 Teachers Copyright Be Legal & Fair - Michigan REMC site helping educators integrate 21st century tools into classroom practice.
- ALA Copyright Information - Updates from American Library Association with sections on Tools, Legislation, Court Cases, Google Book Settlement, Digital Rights Movement.
- Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers - Colorful, downloadable, printable pdf chart designed by Hall davidson to inform teachers of what they may do under the law.
- Copyright history - US Copyright Office of the Library of Congress
- Copyright with Cyberbee - Linda Joseph’s excellent animated tutorial
- Fair Use/Copyright Friendly/Creative Commons Spartan Library Guide from Springfield Township HS Library
- Fair Use Guidelines from ALA - Excellent chart with a CC license allowing for sharing and reuse.
- Fair Use Teaching Tools - The Center for Social Media in the School of Communication at American University
- Library of Congress Copyright and Primary Sources information for teachers and Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright activity for students
- New York Times Learning Network offers Resources on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
- Online Learning & Copyright from Michigan Learns Online
- TEACH Act FAQs from ALA and Copyright Clearance Center.
- Ten Big Myths about copyright explained - Brad Templeton
- Works Cited & Bibliography page - MLA citation guidelines and links to online citation generators such as KniteCite.
Links for students
- 21 Things 4 Students Be Legal & Fair - This Michigan REMC site (a counterpart to 21 Things 4 Teachers) helps students improve technology proficiency and prepare for success in the 21st century.
- Copyright for Kids - Basics & FAQ section is geared for middle school students.
- EasyBib guide - Examples of MLA citations and link to free EasyBib bibliography generator.
- Sources of copyright free images
Flickr Advanced Search - Lets you find Creative Commons content to modify, adapt, or build upon
Google Advanced Search - Under "usage rights" select "free to use, share, modify"
Pics for Learning - Free Copyright-friendly images for education
Public Domain Images - Royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly images, no rights reserved
Wikimedia Commons - Database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute, including images, videos & sounds.
Videos for students which are informative and fun!
Copyright & Plagiarism Fair Use: Dramatic Chipmunk Copyright Awareness for Students