The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit alliance working to help youth thrive in their digital communities, has partnered with Canvas Network to provide a free online course for educators, to help them understand copyright and fair use, and to prepare them to teach these concepts in their classrooms. Upon completing the course, educators are awarded a badge to communicate their certification in Copyright and Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens.
The free course on the Canvas Learning Management System gives educators across the country access to a workshop lead by copyright attorney David Sohn at the Ventura County Office of Education in California.
Copyright for Educators prepares educators to teach copyright and fair use to their students.
By the end of the course, educators will understand the purpose of copyright and its basic rights and the limitations of copyright including fair use, and be able to demonstrate how to get media from lawful sources that respect the artists’ rights, how to share media with others in ways that are legal and ethical, and apply copyright and fair use to project-based learning situations. The course follows the model of the iKeepSafe K12 curriculum, which aims to provide both a practical sense of how copyright affects students as consumers and creators as well as an understanding of the rationale behind it — the reasons why it may make sense for society to protect creative work in this way.
The professional development course prepares educators to teach iKeepSafe’s free, K12 Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens curriculum. 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.
The lessons and videos were developed with input from respected leaders from education organizations, such as Dana Greenspan, Educational Technology Specialist of Ventura County Office of Education and Glen Warren of the California School Library Association. Internet and technology law experts contributed as well, including Annemarie Bridy, Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; David Sohn, former General Counsel of the Center for Democracy and Technology; Jerry Berman, founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Internet Education Foundation; and members of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI.org).
The K-12 curriculum is free and available for all educators to download and use in their classroom. The curriculum was developed by iKeepSafe and made possible through funding from nonprofits, including the Center for Copyright Information.