Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Is Copyright a Little Fuzzy?

Image by Liene Karels, Copyright support postcard CC Attribution
While copyright is not always an exciting topic, it is important to be aware of what we can and can not do as educators. In addition we need to share this information with our students.
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
This interactive website can help you learn how you can make full use of a variety of resources, such as books, television, music, films and websites. The website has organized the information into different uses of materials and then provides information on how you can use that material legally. http://www.copyrightandschools.org/

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.

NetSmartz - Don’t Steal Like a Pirate Song (1-3)

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