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Bullying, pornography, ethical issues, legal issues all fall into what I'm calling "e-safety." While you may be comfortable cruising the internet, not all families are equally comfortable. Not all students practice safe technology use. Depending upon the grade and content you teach, you will have differing responsibilities for teaching e-safety issues. All teachers will need to teach and enforce copyright and fair use rules. PE teachers are increasingly being asked to teach about internet safety including bullying. Music teachers as well as cheering/dance team coaches need to know what the rules are governing the use of music in public performances. All teachers need to be aware of what movies they can show. Just because you have seen it done doesn't mean it's legal.
Site for info on public domain status for music:
Site for Australian Copyright Organization that does a very good job of describing the law as it applies to music and public performance:
I like these sites because it talks about the fair use of music. Physical education teachers like to have music playing in the gymnasium however, they might not be doing it legally. These websites can tell teachers how they can use the music in their classroom.
Some other websites I learned from Dr. Cramer's class about e-safety I think are important for teachers are:
Duke Law School resource, in comic book format, illustrating copyright and fairuse for films and documentaries:
Resource with lots of copyright and fair use resources (see especially video at bottom of page)
Surf Report with lots of resources for various grade levels
A Fair(y) Use Tale
Center for Social Media - The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Center for Social Media - The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
University of Maryland University College - Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web
has free lessons on Copyright for Middle School learners at the ReadWriteThink partner site. Here is a press release from ALA announcing these lessons that are aligned to the AASL 21st Century Learner Standards and also to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards. The complete press release is located at
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
This lesson provides a background for students on copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and paraphrasing. Fair use is discussed, as well as strategies for paraphrasing and the consequences of plagiarism.
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