Intellectual Property

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The Elk Grove Unified School District recognizes that we are teaching the remix generation; therefore, solely teaching students about plagiarism is only one aspect of intellectual property. To ensure that our students use the internet and social media in an ethical manner to both consume and create content, we need to also include instruction and guidelines to Creative Commons, copyright and fair use.

Our commitment to teaching all aspects of intellectual property is also in alignment with the Common Core State Standards stance on college and career readiness:

“To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.” – Source:

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Avoiding Plagiarism

  • A Quick Guide to Plagiarism – This 8-minute video created by Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC) covers the basics of what constitutes plagiarism.
  • BibMe – BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references. Here’s a 90-second video introduction to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.

Creative Commons Basics

Copyright Basics

Fair Use Introduction

  • Creative Commons  – Options for sharing original works – including your own student-created content.
  • Center for Social Media – Recut, Reframe, Recycle – website explains the importance of “transformativeness” when building an argument for fair use through videos such as  User’s Rights, Section 107.
  • Kristin Hokanson has created a Google Form to help students reason through an argument for fair use.
  • A Fair(y) Tale  – This video remix from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society is a great example of what “transformativeness” looks like.