What's Mine Isn't (Necessarily) Yours

Sharing, reusing, or copying content is so easy that rarely do we pause to think about its original source. This lesson will give your students the tools to navigate this often-complicated world of digital media and mass information by exploring the rights they have as content creators, how to protect their own work, and how to respect the work of others.
This lesson consists of two videos and a lesson plan.

For the Teacher

There’s an abundance of materials available online but the guidelines on how to use these materials are often unclear and raise many questions about copyright, licenses, and creator’s rights. This video explores some of the factors that contribute to those questions, steps to take in answering them, and where to start looking for information on common licenses used by online creators.

For the Student

Marisa recently completed a presentation in her English class. Believing it to be a great success, Marisa is surprised when her teacher calls her in for a meeting. Watch Marisa as she reflects on the research and resources she used in preparing her presentation. Did Marisa take all the steps she need to for citation and permission to use material?

Lesson Materials

Learning objectives in these standards-based activities:

  • Understand the difference between bystanders and upstanders
  • Demonstrate an ability to participate respectfully and responsibly in an online community
  • Create and contribute to an original collaborative project using digital media to inspire a positive call to action
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