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What the heck is copyright?

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Keywords: Copyright, PSA, Fair/Use
Subject(s): Technology
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Marshall High School, Marshall, TX
Planned By: Jillian Robinson
Original Author: Jillian Robinson, Marshall
I have created a WebQuest for my students to walk through and complete for this lesson. See my website below to see the WebQuest in it's entirety.

This WebQuest begins by asking the students to think about what copyright is and if they have, up to date, broken this law. As the students progress through the WebQuest, they will find out what exactly copyright is, what types of resources online that it pertains to, how long items are copyrighted for, and what the punishment for breaking copyright law is.

The end product will be the students creating a 30-45 second PSA (Public Service Announcement) based on what they learned.

WebQuest Link:
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
After students have found all the necessary research, have the Language Arts students create the script instead.
Have the economics classes figure out how much breaking copyright law actually costs citizens.
Watch all groups videos. Have students make notes about the videos they are watching to give to the original group to read.
Links: Forever less a day
What the heck is copyright?
Materials: Ports and Hubs, Flash/USB Drives, Headsets, Keyboards, Cables, CDs and DVDs, Memory Cards, Batteries, Tripods, Microphones, Hi-Def Camcorder, Video Cameras