Saturday, February 2, 2013

10 Must Have Resources to Teach about Copyright and Fair Use

Teaching students about copyright and digital citizenship has never been as pressingly important as it is now.Undoubtedly Internet has become a major source of information for students but this pool of resources has some rules that we need to teach our students before they fall in the trap of plagiarism. It is still prevalent among students that whatever they can lay their hands on online is free( in the ethical sense ) to use.

Given the importance of this topic, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has devoted an entire section to Copyright where it  provides tools, tips,  tutorials, and guides to help teachers and educators teach about copyright and digital citizenship.

Today I am adding this list of awesome tools to the section I mentioned above. These tools have been curated by Media Specialist Guide and I am impressed by this great work. You will find in the list below probably all the best and most popular web tools to use to teach your students about copyright issues. Enjoy

1- Copyright Advisory Network

This web site is a way for librarians to learn about copyright and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists

2- Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

This chart was designed to inform teachers of what they may do under the law. Feel free to make copies for teachers in your school or district, 

3- Copyright Confusion

This is a great wiki where you can have access to materials, PDFs, and guide on copyright and fair use of digital content

5- Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

6- CyberBee

I must say that this is really a great interactive website that teaches students everything on copyright issues.

7- Fair Use Evaluator

This tool helps you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. It also lets collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation.

8- Taking The Mystery out of Copyright

Just as its name indicates, this is a web tool to help your students better understand and use copyright

9- Copyright Kids

This is an inclusive website that provides great resources on copyright

10- Teaching Copyright

The Teaching Copyright curriculum is a detailed, customizable learning plan to help educators raise interesting questions about copyright, technology, and law.

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