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Copyright law is all about balance. Copyright is intended to protect original works, but it also ensures that people can access and re-use creative works in new ways. When students are working with digital resources online, they need to remember the following:
- Check who owns it.
- Get permission to use it.
- Give credit to the creator
- Buy it if necessary
- Use it responsibly
If you are looking for lessons to help teach copyright, Common Sense Media provides multiple resources for K-12 teachers. They have a Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence that organizes their materials into grade bands by specific digital citizenship topics. Check out the Creative Credit & Copyright section for lessons on copyright.
Here some additional online resources that can also be used in your classroom.
BrainPop - Copyright - (4-8) (Subscription required)
BrainPop - Plagiarism (4-8) (Subscription required)
Copyright and Fair Uses - Common Sense Media (4-12)
Whose is it Anyway? (4-12)
A Fair(y) Use Tale (4-12) A Fair(y) Use Tale - Transcript
Nicole's Story - Copyrighting Creative Work (Good for a writing class) (6-12)
Copyrights and Wrong (9-12) Recommend to show students in a class. Lesson Plan and Activities