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The recent push to create 21st Century educational experiences for students has resulted in a revolution of multimedia projects and authentic assessments in schools. As teachers continue to find ways to engage this generation of students—the “digital natives”—in meaningful, relevant content, they must understand that this type of teaching and learning is coupled with the responsibility of becoming knowledgeable regarding copyright laws and fair use guidelines—topics that have emerged alongside the integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum.

Educators today not only have the challenge of teaching students how to utilize various Web 2.0 tools and applications that often involve the incorporation of images, music and/or video, but they must also show students how to become conscientious digital citizens—which includes but is not limited to properly citing sources and seeking permission for use of copyrighted materials.

With that said, the intent of this wiki page is to provide a resource that will assist teachers with better understanding copyright and fair use in the context of the classroom—information that will ensure compliance with U.S. Copyright regulations. In addition, this page includes a variety of links for copyright and royalty free images, musics and audio than can be incorporated into lessons, projects and without the worry of copyright infringement.

The "Getting to Know Your Copy-Rights" Newsletter created by Jamie L. Forshey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Copyright Resources

Copyright-Free Audio & Music Sites

Copyright-Free Image Sites

Licensing Sources for Public Performance in Schools/Public Libraries