High School Curriculum

The following lessons and videos are designed to help you teach essential digital citizenship concepts of copyright and creativity and to get students thinking and talking about how these concepts relate to their own online activities. The lessons have been scripted in detail to help presenters feel confident as they communicate copyright concepts, including fair use and other copyright limitations.

Each lesson contains:

  • A short, in-class introduction to the topic with video for you to play in class
  • Online learning videos that can be assigned as homework or played in class, as time permits.
  • In-class wrap up dialogue to review concepts and give students an opportunity to share their experience.

If time permits, consider showing some or all of the homework videos in class. Any time the students spend learning together reinforces that the laws that govern copyright are part of the world we live in.

LESSON A: Creativity in the Online World: CopyrightBasics and Our Roles as Creators and Consumers

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand their roles as both consumers and creators of creative work online. Students learn the basic protections of copyright as wells as a high level overview of copyright’s limitations—what copyright doesn’t cover, such as facts and ideas, fair uses, and works in the public domain.

LESSON B: Acquiring and Sharing Content Legally and Ethically

Sometimes we go online looking for new music, movies, games, images, software, etc; when we find the media we love, we go online to share it. This lesson teaches students how to do both, legally and ethically. Students learn where to go to get music, movies, and other media from lawful providers who respect artists’ rights; they learn how to recognize the good players who provide content legally vs. those who encourage illegal filesharing. In addition, students learn how to share media in ways that are legal and ethical.

LESSON C: Using Copyrighted Works in Our Own Creations: Fair Use, Creative Commons, Permissions, and Public Domain

In our role as creators, we often want to use others’ creative work in our own work. For example: Maybe we want to make a collage of images or a movie mashup. Lesson 4 teaches about fair use, which allows us to use copyright protected work in certain situations without permission, and also shows us where to find creative works that we are free to use with little or no restrictions.