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Copyright and Copyright-Free in Digital Classrooms

Many teachers share that when their students are asked to do some kinds of transformation on what they are learning and to produce their creations, the learning will happen with a deeper effectiveness. That’s why many education innovators advocate on authentic publishing experience for students. As we expect our students become active learners from consuming information to collaboration and creating their own works. Awareness of the need to use digital information ethically and to cite sources become crucial. Another motivation is because themselves become copyright owners of their contents. These are a few resources for educators.

Teaching Copyright is a project of Electronic Frontier Foundation, it provides lessons and ideas for opening your classroom up to discussion, letting your students express their ideas and concerns, and then guiding your students toward an understanding of the boundaries of copyright law. There are outbound links in the website to access to more free resources.

Karen Fasimpaur is always advocating about open content and fair use, since open educational resources can be re-used by educators to personalized learning for individual needs. Not only teachers, students can be content contributors.(we had many blog posts and examples about this thought) One of her slideshows is embedded here. You can view more of her works through the link. She also contributes the whole teaching resources set about copyright and fair use for teachers in Curricki.(you can download all the educational materials)

Copyright And Open Content (Student version)

View more presentations from Karen F

Creative Commons gives all resources you need to learn appropriate use of Creative Commons licensing for written, graphic and multimedia content. It provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry; with CC search which offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations for you to find licensed works that you can reuse, remix, and share. 

creative commons search

FindingEducation is for teachers to find best education resources on the web , backed by findingDulcinea’s hand-selected and professionally edited education resource library. Teachers can manage, organize and share their links, and create web-based assignment for their students. FindingDulcinea is the creator of sweetsearch for students, it’s also an excellent search engine for educators. SweetSearch has integrated Yolink, a tool that highlights keywords, showing where the term is used and in what context, so that anyone can quickly scan a search results page and easily determine which results will be most helpful for a particular task. See how quickly you can evaluate the full first page of 20 results! The search terms and surrounding context can then be saved, with one click, to a Google Doc (with the link included), EasyBib’s citation generator, or a social bookmarking service. So you not only can find what you’re looking for in seconds, but you can be sharing it with colleagues moments later. (from A search engine for educators)

Get Students to Care about Copyright is a great sharing from Robin Neal, an English teacher at Beaver Country Day School in Boston area. He also shares a lot of practical ways and sources to get copyright-free images and music to use.

Another amazing sharing is from Mrs Smoke’s students, those 8th graders from Kansas built “The digital teen anti-piracy websites“, it’s indeed a 21st century project written by teens for teens ! Your students can learn about fair use from a kind of  peer’s view point.

Amy Hopkins also had created educational materials about copyright in the classroom. It’s a detailed material.

Copyright In The Classroom

View more presentations from ahopkins

Digital storytelling has become one of the necessary literacy in 21st century skill. With web2.0 tools available easily, user-generated information flows in multiple directions, all digital citizens should be equipped with proper knowledge. More resources are available in our curation regarding teaching digital literacy, and where to find open source images, music and multimedia.

Comments from our old site are copied/pasted as below, thanks for those contributions.


Copyright Advisory Network offers four resources that helps librarians and teachers about Fair use.
– Fair Use Evaluator helps you make a fair use determination.
– Exceptions for Educators guides if you can use copyrighted materials in your instruction under the educators exemption.
– Section 108 Spinner is a tool for deciding if a librarian can make a reproduction of a copyrighted work. – Public Domain Slider offers a simple look-up for determining if a work is copyrighted or if it’s in public domain.

Posted @ Monday, November 07, 2011 10:47 AM by Lisa Patterson
You can link to this wiki to read “Hypothetical Scenarios: Explore the Fair-Use Reasoning Process”

Posted @ Monday, November 07, 2011 10:51 AM by Lisa Patterson
“Copyright for Educators” is from Wesley Fryer, he clarified some common confusions and misunderstandings about the use of copyrighted material in the classroom :

Posted @ Monday, November 07, 2011 1:01 PM by Jessie C.
MDF has partnered with Grantmakers in the Arts to produce Appropriart!, a graphic about copyright developed by Susie Cagle. The graphic was originally published in the GIA Reader.
You can download the pdf file for free here.

Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2011 9:19 AM by Jill Green

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