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

Can I Use That? A Guide to Creative Commons – Gail Desler (EGUSD Tech Integration Specialist) and Kathleen Watt (EGUSD Web Specialist) created this Google Doc to provide background, resources and even lessons about Creative Commons.

Wanna Work Together? (Video) – From Creative Commons

A Shared Culture (Video) – Also from Creative Commons.

Creative Commons License Types – More from Creative Commons.

Flickr & Creative Commons – Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license.

Google Advanced Search – A quick way to do Google searches more effectively.

Photos for Class – Excellent site for elementary students to find copyright-free images, a bonus feature of this site is when a student uploads an image, full citation is included.

How to Do a Reverse Image Search (Video) – From Google.

Public Domain 101 (Video) – Explains usage rights for Public Domain content.


Copyright Basics

Cyberbee’s Copyright Lessons and Resources – Excellent site for elementary students.

Copyright for Kids – From the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Copyright What’s Copyright? – Some basics – in a School House Rock format via The Media Education Lab.

Copyright and Plagiarism Compared (Video) – From California high school librarian Jane Lofton.


Fair Use Introduction

Creative Commons  – Options for sharing original works – including your own student-created content.

Center for Social Media – Site 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.