Can I Use That? Exploring Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

This lesson helps students understand and harness their intellectual property rights and responsibilities as they create, remix, and share.

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Consuming, creating, and curating media is an important part of students' lives. The Common Core State Standards recognize that “To be ready for college, workforce training and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, report on and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new.”  In order for our students to become effective, ethical creators of information and media, they also need a strong understanding of the concepts of copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons, and how to apply these concepts across the curriculum and beyond the school day

The goal of  the Can I Use That? lesson is to reduce copyright confusion, to examine fair use as a reasoning process, to learn about the role of Creative Commons, and to explore the possibilities of remix in teaching and student creations.

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