ICTI-150 Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

About this course

“Can I play this YouTube clip of Mythbusters in my class?”
“Can my students play their favorite Katy Perry song over their digital project?”
“Can I copy this awesome article from Newsweek for my whole class?”

Between social media outlets like Instagram, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, video sharing sites like YouTube, and comprehensive search engines like Google, the ability to find, watch, share, reuse, and redistribute content is easier than ever before. However, just because you can find it and share it, should you? Walking the line between the impulse to share and the understanding of copyright laws is a delicate balance, but it is critical to model academic integrity for our students so that they will understand and honor usage rights as they move on to be prepared higher education students or productive members of our working world. In this course, participants will explore copyright best practices enabling them to steer their students toward innovative 21st century learning while still maintaining legal and ethical uses of resources and materials from other sources.


What will I learn in this course?

Week 1: What is Copyright?

In our digital age of instant access to information, where do you draw lines between materials and digital media that are free and open and those that are protected by copyright? This week, participants will learn about copyright and the laws that relate to copyrighted materials in the classroom.

Week 2: Why is Copyright Relevant in the 21st Century Classroom?

With a few clicks and a couple of keywords in a search engine, teachers and students can find almost any lesson, document, song, video, or image. As innovative educators encourage students to utilize digital tools to create multimedia projects, how can they both foster creativity and honor copyright laws? During week two, participants will explore the implications of copyright law and fair use on their own material selection, on student projects, and on classroom publications.

Week 3: How Can I Effectively Model Copyright Best Practices?

As educators, we expect our students to have academic integrity and to only hand in work that is their own. By using copyright best practices in your classroom, you are modeling that same level of professional academic integrity for your students. This week, participants will gain a better understanding of Fair Use, Public Domain, and Creative Commons resources and how they can help teachers to model copyright best practices in the classroom.

Week 4: How Can I Share My Understanding of Copyright?

Once you understand how to use and model copyright best practices as an instructor, the next step is helping your students to follow the same best practices in their work. During this final week, participants will create a unit plan that includes a digital media project that incorporates opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their understanding of copyright.

Why choose iTeach online courses?

  • Courses are delivered completely online, self-paced, and facilitated by an expert in the field.
  • Receive individualized feedback from your instructor.
  • Courses are equivalent to twenty professional development contact hours.
  • Work through each module at your own pace.
  • Register on an open-enrollment basis. No application or prerequisites required.
  • Receive a course completion certificate and digital badge after successfully completing the course. Use your badge to showcase your expertise and skill set on social media profiles, your email signature block, or electronic copies of a résumé.
  • All iTeach courses are designed to help educators and administrators more successfully integrate technology into teaching and learning.

FORMAT: Facilitated online course. Work each weekly module at your own pace.

COST: $120 per participant with discounts for larger groups.

SCHEDULE: This course can be scheduled for groups from the same school or district. It is not available for individual registration. The course is equivalent to 20 contact hours. Email TIM@fcit.us for group scheduling, volume discounts, or other questions.

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