JEA Curriculum Highlight: Understanding Copyright and Creative Commons

One of the slides in the presentation helps students use an advanced Google image search to find photos available to use.

Looking for a lesson to get students to understand copyright and Creative Commons a bit better? The JEA Curriculum has one for you.

The lesson spans 3 days, during which time students will research copyright, fair use and various license types and will create an infographic to explains key concepts and guidelines.

The lesson includes a slideshow covering attribution of photos and images as well as a rubric covering copyright and fair use. Throughout the lesson, students will explore a variety of questions from “What is Creative Commons?” to  “How do you find ‘free to use’ images online?”

This curriculum is available to all JEA members. To access the curriculum, you must be logged in to the JEA Curriculum site. Once you are, you can access this lesson here: Understanding Copyright and Creative Commons.

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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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