The project was sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Center for Copyright Information. Click here to review the curriculum without providing your information.
iKeepSafe would like to thank the many experts who contributed to Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens.
Center for Copyright Information, attorneys and experts
David Sohn, Center for Democracy & Technology
Jerry Berman, Founder, Center for Democracy & Technology; Internet Education Foundation
Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University, Washington College of Law, Creative Commons co-founder and board member
Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge/FCC
Annemarie Bridy, Professor,University of Idaho College of Law; Affiliate Scholar, Stanford University Center for Internet and Society
The Education Advisory Board met to review the lessons for teaching methods, age appropriateness, and relevance to the education community. We appreciate their attendance at a working session and follow up revisions.
Frank Gallagher, Vice President, Cable Impacts Fountation
Michelle Lipkin, Educator
Barbara Stein, Director, Partnership for 21st-Century Skills
Glen Warren, Teacher-Librarian, California School Library Association
Lesley Farmer, PhD, Professor, California State University Long Beach, California School Library Association
Camilla Gagliolo, Instructional Technology Coordinator in Arlington County Public Schools, ISTE Executive Board
Dana Greenspan, CTAP Specialist at Ventura County Office of Education
Jaimie Potts, Educator
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Never before have educators, copyright experts, and open information advocates worked together to teach kids Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens™. The lesson plans, videos, activities, and handouts are designed to inspire creativity and help students make conscious choices about sharing their own creative work while understanding the value of respecting the rights of other creators.
Giving students a basic understanding of how copyright and fair use work together to encourage creative work is essential for several reasons:
AASL Library Standards and new Common Core Standards identify “understanding copyright and fair use” as essential 21st century skills. Our goal is to make these concepts clear and accessible to students and to give them the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be successful in the digital world. We anticipate that these lessons will prove practical and relevant in multiple curricula that deals with creative work.
This new digital citizenship curriculum helps middle school students understand their rights and responsibilities as both creators and consumers of creative work. Students learn the basic protections of copyright and why copyright is important for our creativity. Students also learn the limitations of copyright, such as facts and ideas, government documents, and situations of fair use.
In addition, students learn important skills for navigating online media, how to acquire creative content legally and ethically and why it matters. Lessons also help students recognize the good players—sites that offer content legally versus those that encourage illegal filesharing. Finally, students discover how to find creative work online that is free to use as well as situations where others’ creative work may be incorporated into our own. Lessons are supported by case studies and activities that teach critical thinking.
iKeepSafe applied a rigorous development process to ensure an accurate, age-appropriate curriculum on copyright and fair use that will be easy to implement and enrich existing class lesson plans and projects.
Click here to see how the curriculum aligns closely with current education standards: AASL, ISTE Standards•S (formerly known as NETS), P21, Common Core State Standards, Model School Library Association.