TeachersFirst's Copyright and Fair Use Resources

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use.  This collection includes instructional activities about copyright and collections/tools to use images, music, and texts legally, either through Fair Use or Creative Commons licensing. Use these resources to model and teach ethical use of electronic media or to find copyright-safe raw materials for student projects. Be sure to share these resources with students for them to access any time they have a project to do.

Explore our entire collection of resources tagged copyright, creative commons, and/or plagiarism.  

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Copyright with Cyberbee - Cyberbee

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2 to 12
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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning...more
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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning research projects. The site also contains teacher resources and tips on explaining copyright issues.

tag(s): air (106), copyright (43)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site to the class with a projector or whiteboard, have students use the interactive, and then replace pencil and paper notecards by having partners take notes with an online tool such as Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Next, at the end of your copyright and fair use unit, enhance student learning by challenging them to demonstrate their learning by creating an inforgraphic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.

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Copyright Kids - The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

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3 to 6
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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially...more
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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially those using the web for research projects. This one could be a great classroom reference or an integral element of a unit on copyright issues.

tag(s): air (106), copyright (43), plagiarism (30)

In the Classroom

Share with students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. The site is text heavy so pair weaker readers with stronger ones, or you could use a tool such as Immersive Reader, reviewed here, or Text to Speech Reader, reviewed here.

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Citing Sources - Duke University

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6 to 12
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Here's an on-line resource from Duke University offering drop-down instructions for citing more than a dozen different types of sources. What's especially slick is the comparison between...more
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Here's an on-line resource from Duke University offering drop-down instructions for citing more than a dozen different types of sources. What's especially slick is the comparison between Chicago, APA, MLA, and Turabian style formats. This makes the site useful across a wide range of standards and settings. It's the closest we've found to one-stop shopping for research citation help.

tag(s): citations (31), plagiarism (30)

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This site would be useful for any teacher who assigns a research paper, regardless of the subject. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and share it with students before assigning them a research project. To insure that students are reminded of plagiarism and the importance if citing, copy this link on to any student assignment sheets that contain information about their research paper.

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U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - Library of Congress

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1 to 12
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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright. ...more
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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright.

tag(s): air (106), copyright (43)

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Use this site as reference when teaching about copyright. Share with older students to investigate on their own.

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