Copyright is not the most dynamic topic… how can we teach this to our students in a way that will actually stick with them?
A good place to begin is to look at the the reasons why we even have copyright.
Starting with the idea of someone taking work created by students, claiming it as their own and making profit off of it. How would that make them feel? Having a class discussion on this topic could be a good starting point.
Here is a list of lessons that address this topic. Take a look at the lesson that best fits the level that you teach to explore one way of addressing copyright with your students.
- K-2 My Creative Work
- 3-5 Whose is it, Anyway?
- 6-8 A Creator’s Responsibilities
- 9-12 Copyrights and Wrongs
Note: The above lessons make mention of “Fair Use”, which is different than the Canadian “Fair Dealing”. In these lessons, the points made are general concepts that apply equally to “Fair Dealing”.