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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use.  This collection includes instructional activities about copyright and collections/tools to use images, music, and texts legally, either through Fair Use or Creative Commons licensing. Use these resources to model and teach ethical use of electronic media or to find copyright-safe raw materials for student projects. Be sure to share these resources with students for them to access any time they have a project to do.

 

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Classroom Clipart

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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you ...more
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you read the site's copyright information. This site is SLOW to open, so be patient.

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Copyright Terms and the Public Domain - Cornell University

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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials...more
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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials enter the public domain. It may be more information than you care to know about the public domain, but it will keep you legal!

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Copyright Primer - University of Maryland

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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright...more
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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright protection, and discusses parameters for use of copyrighted materials. As the tutorial progresses, visitors are presented with quizzes in the form of scenarios requiring a decision. It's entertaining, enlightening, and extremely helpful in clarifying copyright issues. You may even want to share this resource with your high school students before sending them off to college.

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Copyright with Cyberbee - Cyberbee

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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning...more
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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning research projects. The site also contains teacher resources and tips on explaining copyright issues.

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San Francisco Historical Photographs - San Francisco Public Library

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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest...more
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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest primarily in northern California, its collection of images taken after the 1906 earthquake would be useful for any study of earthquakes and their effects. Read the basics on the home page, then click to Search Digitized Images or Browse one of the collections.

tag(s): air (163), earth (228), earthquakes (48)

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Allow students to use the images (with appropriate citations under Fair Use, of course) as part of their reports or PowerPoint presentations on California, earthquakes, the twentieth century, and more!

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Copyright Kids

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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially...more
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Copyright Kids is a copyright primer created expressly for students. It provides a structured introduction to various aspects of copyright and their implications for students, especially those using the web for research projects. This one could be a great classroom reference or an integral element of a unit on copyright issues.

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National Park Photographs - National Park Service

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The National Park Service manages both an incredible inventory of natural wonders and many of America's most historic places. This site makes professional quality images of these -...more
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The National Park Service manages both an incredible inventory of natural wonders and many of America's most historic places. This site makes professional quality images of these - searchable by park - available for classroom use. In a world where copyright is always an issue, this site is a welcome addition.

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Use this site to search for images of a particular region being studied in a Physical geography class. These images can be incorporated into lectures, projects, displays etc. Just research before-hand what parks are in the specific area, and search away!

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AMU Cartoon Reprints

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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor,...more
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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74)

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Use this site as a means to search for political cartoons or cartoons that reflect upon current political events. Showing the image on the interactive whiteboard, use them as a springboard to have a class discussion on where we get information and biases from in the media. What is it that these artists are trying to say? Is humor more effective in getting a point across than text? A very interesting resource for a US government class.

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History in Pictures - Time, Inc.

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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was...more
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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was like in the mid 20th century. Try this one if you need illustrations for a lesson unit or subject area.

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Use this site as a means to search for images to be used in a visual discovery activity. Select 3-5 images from this site, to be placed on a PowerPoint presentation. Have students view images one at a time, while filling out a graphic organizer asking them to observe, infer and predict the events seen in the image. This activity is a great way to get students talking about the content in a way that's helping them review simultaneously. After students have seen all the images, a great way to review is to have students discuss what their answers were and how they came to find them.

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Prints and Photographs On Line - Library of Congress

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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers...more
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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers will find this a rich resource for "what was life like then?" images, old maps, and other printed matter. Note that not all of these images are guaranteed "copyright free," but this collection was established largely for educational and research uses, so most images are freely usable in that context.

tag(s): air (163), maps (287), posters (35)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing any number of the topics hosted. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about historical events. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Historical Alaska Images - Fish and Wildlife Service

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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature -...more
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature - the only way to access images - finds species easily, but doesn't do as well with place names.

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If you're looking for photos of early Alaska, this is a great resource.

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Copyright and Fair Use - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use. This collection includes...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use. This collection includes instructional activities about copyright and collections/tools to use images, music, and texts legally, either through Fair Use or Creative Commons licensing.

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Use these resources to model and teach ethical use of electronic media or to find copyright-safe raw materials for student projects. Be sure to share these resources with students for them to access any time they have a project to do.

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U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - Library of Congress

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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright. ...more
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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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The Educause web site offers this summary of the DMCA, along with an explanation of some of the proposed changes and up-to-date information on the latest exemptions and interpretations....more
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The Educause web site offers this summary of the DMCA, along with an explanation of some of the proposed changes and up-to-date information on the latest exemptions and interpretations. There are also links to a variety of information sources on copyright and digital technologies.

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This site is quite sophisticated and not likely to be useful to students below 11th or 12th grade, though all teachers should know wbout copyright and electronic resources. Educase offers these articles for those who have a serious interest in reading the "real stuff" instead of oversimplified interpretations. Not advisable as "light reading."

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Images from Nasa - NASA

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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created...more
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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created for government use. While some image sizes are quite large, this could be a wonderful resource for creating web projects, student use, or other space and astronomy applications.

tag(s): air (163), images (261), space (206)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of Solar Flares, or another outer space related topic. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Napster and Copyright - CNN

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The Napster court case provides a great entree to the issue of copyright and why students should understand it. This CNN special report highlights some of the copyright issues in ...more
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The Napster court case provides a great entree to the issue of copyright and why students should understand it. This CNN special report highlights some of the copyright issues in the case.

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Acceptable Internet Use Policies Collection - Virginia Department of Education

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The Virginia Department of Education has created a very usable collection of acceptable internet and technology use policies from schools, colleges, and universities. These are presented...more
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The Virginia Department of Education has created a very usable collection of acceptable internet and technology use policies from schools, colleges, and universities. These are presented along with some general guidelines as to the information that an AUP should contain. Great resource for schools and districts that want to be clear with students, faculty and staff about on-line rights and responsibilities.

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Share this link with your teaching colleagues who use the internet and technology regularly in the classroom.

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