Are you in violation? 

Copyright is a form of legal protection, prohibiting others from copying one's creative work without permission. A copyright is a property right. Copyright law grants the creator of an original work the exclusive rights for its use and distribution.


Can I use this? 

Because we live in the digital age, copyright laws can be a bit ambiguous, especially in the classroom, when your greatest desire is to share the most up to date and accurate information with your students! First, let us take a look at how to determine if a portion of material can be used in your classroom instruction. We will use the If this...then methodology. Are you ready? Follow the chart below! 


Copyright Poster


So what did you discover? Does your class material fall under one of the four methods of flow above? Maybe you're still not sure, and you want to make sure you're doing the right thing. If no one else told you, let me be share something with you! You're a teacher, and you have rights! Let explore some of those below! 

Know Your Rights 

One of our saving graces as teachers in the digital era is that most of our school districts have purchased licenses to numerous products app and services that allow us to exhibit, post, and distribute materials that are copyrighted. If the type of work you are looking to use for your class is not listed, it likely falls under the Fair Use Policy; you can review that in the Fair Use tab in the site navigation above. 








So, let's sum up the basics, take a look at a scenario-based video below:


If you have an additional question, feel free to reference the site below. 


Roblyer, M.D. (2015). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.