Respecting Boundaries - Saying "I do" to respecting others' intellectual property and "I don't" to pirating and plagiarism.

"As new technologies emerge, learners need to learn how to use that technology quickly and appropriately. Digital Citizenship involves educating people in a new way— these individuals need a high degree of information literacy skills." Mike Ribble, 9 Themes of Digital Citizenship

cover.png NEWSFLASH: In response to requests from teachers to have Creative Commons information geared for classroom use all in one place, we've created Can I Use That? A Guide to Creative Commons. Due to the dynamic, ever-changing nature of the Internet, Internet guidelines, available online resources - and questions from teachers and students - we will note at the end of the guide whenever we’ve made updates.

Student Resources

Media Literacy Overview

Media Literacy

Gathering Information

Questioning Information

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Citing Sources
    • BibMe - BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references. Here's a 90-second video introduction to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.
    • Easybib - Online site that provides automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
    • You Quote It, You Note It - Interactive slideshow on how to avoid plagiarism.
    • A Quick Guide to Plagiarism:

Video credit: Digital Citizenship - Who Will You Be? By RozzyBearHere

Fair Use

Learn how to "flex your fair use muscles"!

Music Resources

  • UJam – A free, web-based program for creating music – even if you are musically-challenged.
  • ccMixter – ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
  • Audacity - A free, cross-platform program for creating and editing audio. Here’s a link to a very complete tutorial: Audacity Basics
  • Jamendo – A rapidly-growing community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Moby Gratis- If you're a Moby fan, you'll appreciate having permission to use some of his discarded tunes.

Image Resources

  • Pixabay - Tons of high-quality public domain* photos, illustrations and vector graphic - free of charge for any purpose, including commercial. Attribution (giving credit) is not required.
  • Flickr - Check for Creative Commons licensing - which Flickr has recently made easier.
  • FlickrStorm - FlickrStorm is a third-party Flickr search tool that provides some new ways to search and collect photographs from Flickr. The Add to Tray option allows you easy access to your photos, including the Creative Commons licensing.
  • Photos for Class - Citing Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr's just got even easier.
  • MorgueFile - Large file sizes are great from importing into movie editing programs
  • Pics4Learning - Huge selection
  • FreePhoto - more freebies
  • Library of Congressvia Flickr
  • How to Check for Creative Commons licensing on a Google Images Search - Tutorial from Richard Anderson
  • Wikimedia Commons - a database of 21,555,145 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. The term "public domain" refers to intellectual property that no longer has copyright restrictions due to its age - or because the owner has chosen to remove any copyright restrictions from his/her work.
  • Photos for Class - Citing Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr's collection just got even easier. Selected images come in complete with Creative Commons licensing.

Teacher Notes



Workshop Toolkit

Concerned about boosting your students' search skills? Checkout our Just Google It! digital handout. We' posted links to all resources mentioned during our one-hour workshop, including the slideshow below:

Tasked with teaching about copyright and fair use at your site or district? We've created a slideshow (shown below) with accompanying talking points and a Google Site we hope will save you time and energy. The slideshow and site incorporate resources from above (mainly from Renee Hobbs' and Common Sense Media) and are aimed at a one-hour session - that, better yet, could be extended to two hours by visiting all the hyperlinks on the slideshow - or even better, extended to three hours to include time for teachers (and students) to work with the Case Scenarios for Reasoning Fair Use. Between the talking points, the hyperlinks included with the slides, and any or all of the above resources, we hope we've boosted your confidence level in teaching the ethical components of media literacy!

Curriculum Connections: For lessons woven into the core curriculum, visit our Curriculum Collaborations page.

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2WebWatchers would like to thank Microsoft for the excellent free resources they have created on key topics of digital citizenship:
<ul<li><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Citizenship and Creative Content </a>- Excellent set of four lessons for teaching about <em><strong>copyright</strong></em> and more. You'll need to register to download the handouts, but that process will take less than 30 seconds.</li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">The Naked Truth: Beware What You Share</a> - Scary - but telling - stats on <em><strong>cyberbullying</strong></em> and <em><strong>sexting </strong></em>- presented on an eye-catching poster:</li>
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