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'CopyRight-CopyWrong' - Calif. St. Univ. Sacramento
- great quiz for students
Copyright Activity by Cyberbee
- really cool interactive site for students to learn about copyright
Copyright Bay Activity by Univ. of St. Francis
- another great site for teaching copyright (kind of like a WebQuest)
'The Copyright Quiz' from Tech & Learning
Copyright for Educators
- resources for teachers, librarians, and administrators to find out about fair use, copyright guidelines, and related tutorials.
The United States Copyright Office
- great resources and info
Taking the Mystery out of Copyright
- cool presentations that students will enjoy!
Locating Copyright Friendly Resources on the Web
Creative Commons in Education
- most websites include writing, images, and sound or video files and fall under a special copyright agreement called Creative Commons. This essentially means that any content users place on the web can be used by others under a "share and share alike" arrangement. All Creative Commons uses must be
You and your students do not own materials you find on the web, such as music, video, or images. You must make sure that anything you do use from other sources is also under a Creative Commons license. Most photos on
are available this way, for example. See further information about
Creative Commons licensing.
Fair Use does not permit you to place the on the web unless you have password protected the site.
Creative Commons images of everything on Earth by Ookaboo
Teaching Resources from Media Education Lab
Other resources from Media Education Lab
Lesson Plans for Back-to-school
Educator resources and curriculum on copyright
The Administrator Copyright Scenario Checklist
Turn It In - prevent plagiarism
Viper - FREE alternative to TurnItIn - at CNet
Copyright? What's Copyright?
- cartoon video with music that students will love to watch and even sing to!
Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
- video explaining fair use
The Code of Best Practices
To understand what fair use is and what is allowed (or not allowed,) read
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy
and view the video. It is important for educators to understand the laws of fair use and copyright so that they can effectively implement programs educating their students on media literacy. As you read the report and view the video, think about what you had believed fair use meant to you as an educator and what it means to you now. Here is the actual pdf of the
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use.
You may wish to review the following lesson plans and activities from PBS that involve students in investigating citation and copyright law as well as the issue of plagiarism and the Internet.
A Penny for Your Thoughts, Movies or Music?
- This lesson plan from NewsHour Extra explores the copyright issues involved in downloading entertainment and music from the Internet.
- This lesson plan from NewsHour Extra engages students in discussing the ethics of downloading copyrighted material on the Internet.
Writing History: From Students to Scholars
- This lesson plan from NewsHour Extra teaches students the definition of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism in their own work.
- This lesson plan from The Blues Web site helps students comprehend the difference between "floating verse" in blues music and the violation of copyright law.
Thematic Teaching: Technology & Ethics
- This Web page from PBS Teachers includes activity ideas and related resources for teaching technology and ethics.
The Unspoken Words of Media Ethics: Do we know what they are?
- This lesson plan from NewsHour Extra explores codes of ethics for journalists and the unspoken rules that govern our media and the news we hear.
Citing Internet Resources
To find style formats for resource citation, as well as advice on instructing your students, go to
Ready Reference and Copyright Sources
and scroll down to Copyright and Citation Resources. You should take some time to go through the resources provided and take notes, as you may wish to incorporate this information into your course project.
The Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
, and other academic style guides have come up with formats for attributing different sources of information. Visit these sites to see how electronic resources should be attributed.
Then, try one of the new automatic citation–maker tools available on the Web.
- Create free bibliographies and citations using MLA formatting at this site.
- Enter the ISBN number for any book and create a free bibliography, in a number of different formats.
Citation Maker: Oregon School Library Information System
- Create MLA or APA citations with this citation tool.
Citation Machine website by the Landmark Project
- developed by David Warlick
KnightCite - by Hekman Library at Calvin College
KidsClick Safe Searching on the Web
SquirrelNet SafeSearch from Google
How to put a Google Custom Safe Search on your website
Ways to Use Search Engines in the Classroom
Google SafeSearch Web
Final Word: The main thing to remember about all of this is that Copyright and Fair Use is not black and white - it never was. Digital and web-based media have made it even more complicated with access to so much 'free' stuff on the web. That's why we need to focus on the Creative Commons movement...the people who created the item get to set the usage for it. You are then clear on what you need to do, how to do it and who gets credit for it.
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