Sunday, May 31, 2009

Comprehensive Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright

On Friday Ars Technica ran a good article about the Electronic Frontier Foundation's attempt to balance a perceived bias in the Copyright Alliance's educational materials. If you read the article, make sure you scroll down through the comments where there are some good (and some inane) thoughts on the topic of teaching copyright laws in schools.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a set of comprehensive lesson plans about copyright simply titled Teaching Copyright. Teaching Copyright contains five lesson plans. Each lesson plan includes printable worksheets, readings, and suggested activities. For teachers looking for a little more information than is available in the lesson plans, the EFF has a good list of additional resources including videos on the topics of copyright and fair use. To stay up to date on new developments in copyright and fair use, you may want to the EFF blog.

Applications for Education
Copyright can be a confusing topic for adults as well as children. The EFF's Teaching Copyright lesson plans provide teachers with the materials and resources needed for teaching appropriate use of copyrighted materials.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Copyright for Educators
The End to Copyright Confusion
Video Introduction to Understanding Fair Use