Friday, September 18, 2009

Teaching About Copyright

Understanding copyright law and how it applies in the digital age can be very confusing for both teachers and students. Teaching students to correctly cite their sources, avoid plagiarism along with distinguishing between valid and invalid information online is difficult. Northern Kentucky University recently launched a website called Creative Thinking which includes lessons, videos and student activities about copyright. According to the site, the lessons can be used with middle school through high school students. The site has some copyright basics for educators and a soon to be released teachers' guide.

Wesley Fryer
, who has a great educational technology blog, posted his presentation for educators about copyright. The presentation has audio and visual slides that cover copyright, Creative Commons and resources teachers can use for the classroom. Within this presentation, he talks about a copyright and media literacy resource from Temple University called the Media Education Lab. This site also contains videos, lessons and resources that educators can use with their students.

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