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Ethical Use of Technology and Internet Safety For Your Technology Plan

In this 10 minute presentation, Harvey Barnett shares information and resources about cyber safety and ethical use including plagiarism, copyright, and file sharing. These are important topics to include in your technology planning process. In fact, they are now required in California after the passage of Assembly Bill 307.


Acceptable Internet Use Policy

Virginia Department of Education has put together a comprehensive resource list of what to include and how to write an acceptable use policy (AUP)for your school or district. The page includes resources such as templates, samples, and resources relating to ethics, safety, and copyright.


Citation Machine

Need to cite a source? Citation Machine allows you to create a citation for any media form. This is a handy tool for teachers trying to encourage original work, discourage plagiarism, and avoid copyright infringement.


Know Your Copy Rights- Information on copyright laws for academic settings

This web site provides excellent information for faculty members who want to use the works of others for teaching and learning. Share the tools, templates and other resources with your staff to help them improve understanding of copyright and ethical issues.


Movie Licensing USA

Movie Licensing USA provides one-time and annual Public Performance Site Licenses so that schools (kindergarten through 12th grade) can show movies legally for non-teaching activities. Their long-standing, exclusive licensing agreements with prominent Hollywood movie studios ensure a copyright-compliant, worry-free and liability-free movie experience.



If your teachers need a curriculum resource that helps them teach their students to use the internet safely, responsibility and effectively, then you need to visit CyberSmart! This cybersafety site not only has K-12 student curriculum but also a CyberSmart! tool bar. The tool bar has drop downs such as best web sites, web 2.0 skills, curriculum resources and library resources to name a few. CyberSmart also has 5 on line professional development sessions covering topics such as twenty-first century challenges, manners, bulling and ethics and authentic learning and creativity. This website covers your needs and will help your teachers more effectively teach students how to be CyberSmart!


Stanford University Library: Copyright and Fair Use

Stanford University Library's Copyright and Fair Use site is an excellent resource on this topic.


Fair Use - Explained by the Library of Congress

Definitive information on what constitutes fair use from the Copyright Office, Library on Congress.


Teach with Movies

Teach with Movies is a web-based resource for lesson plans and learning guides using movies or parts of movies as an instructional tool. The lesson plans are searchable based on the content area, the age of the students, the names of the movies, social-emotional area and moral/ethical areas. The content cover grade levels k-12. The annual fee to use the services is $11.99. New lessons plans are added periodically for new movies that come out. The site also has lesson plans for preschool age students for social learning and a special section for setting up lesson plans for a substitute.


Creative Commons

Tired of trying to dissect the legal challenges of using copyrighted works in multimedia educational materials? Creative Commons provides links to free creative works for teachers and students interested in using multimedia to enhance instruction. Founded by the Center for Public Domain in 2001, Creative Commons is a non-profit organization working to make it easier for copyright holders to share their work by dedicating it to the public domain.


Primer on Copyright Law and Fair Use

In this narrated slideshow, attorney Melissa M. McGann explains just what copyright is and how to determine if a use of a copyrighted work is fair use or not. Part of TICAL's Legal Issues series.



Turnitin is a fee-based online writing resource for educators and students. Students upload writing assignments for various kinds of review, feedback, and evaluation. One intriguing feature of the service is that it seeks to discourage plagiarism by comparing student papers for original content.

This site is designed to provide the latest information on online plagiarism and help maintain academic integrity in our schools. With Research Resources, teachers have access to suggestions for integrating plagiarism education into lesson plans, tips for creating assignments that discourage plagiarism and encourage original thinking, and help with identifying different types of plagiarism, in particular plagiarism from the Internet.


Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH)

Concerned about copyright violations in your distance learning program? Here's a summary of the TEACH Act provided by the American Library Association. You'll find an excellent breakdown of the elements of the law and the requirements of learning institutions to take advantage of the law to be able to use copyrighted material in distance education without permission from the copyright owner and without paying royalties.


Technology Counts 2005, Electronic Transfer: Moving Technology Dollars in New Directions

This is the 8th annual Technology Counts report, released by Education Week. This report examines how policy shifts within federal, state, and local agencies, along with changing economic times are impacting technology use in schools. For example, the report explores the increased emphasis on data-management technologies. While the copyright date is 2005, administrators will still find it worth their while to review sections related to policy.


Technology Planning Legislation CA Ed Code Section 51871.5

Technology planning processes are continuing to change as the internet develops. Cyber safety and other ethical issues regarding the proper use of technology is at the forefront of education. Section 51871.5 in the California Education Code has been amended by AB 307, which is also referred to as the Chavez bill. Any school in the state of California can apply for technology related grants if they have a current technology plan. Due to AB 307, all technology plans must have a component to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom. This link will take you to what the California Education Code currently says about technology planning practices.


Resources for Parents on Digital Citizenship

Michael Simkins created this Diigo list of digital citizenship resources for parents. Topics include cybersafety, cyberbullying, copyright, presentations to use in parent group meetings, and a suggested "family contract."


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