Blog Post 5: Copyright in the Classroom

Today we went over the the fundamentals of copyright and why it’s so important to be in the know! When doing any type of work, whether it be personal blogging, writing a paper, or creating a lesson plan, it is important to ensure that you have the right to use any information being given. Of course during my formal schooling years we had many lectures about plagiarism, there were few instructions about copyright and what you can/cannot use.

It is important to let students understand why copyright is important, that being, giving credit where credit is due. This is often a difficult topic to grasp because when children are first starting to be introduced to the internet it seems that everything is open to your disposal, which in a sense it is, but it is also much more complicated than that. To put this into words that may be more relatable to students: “how would you feel if you worked really hard painting a picture and then someone else put it up and didn’t say that you were the one who made it?”

Of course “copyright” as a general term has many layers to it, but essentially it is the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, or publish, and piece of work. There are different levels of copyright that can be put on to a piece of work, and therefore, it is always important to make sure you are following the perimeters being set up. For more information on copyright information or on how to set up your own copyright visit the link below!

https://creativecommons.org

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