K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Copyright for educators
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.2
This article explains copyright and U.S. copyright law primarily with respect to education. For a full discussion of copyright law and its implications, consult the U.S. Copyright Office. Rights reserved to...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Copyright guidelines for publishing
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.1
When you publish a work on the web, one of the following three cases must apply: You must have created the work; You must have permission from the creator or copyright holder; or The work must be free of copyright. (By...
Format: article
Fair use
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.3
Fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and "transformative" purpose such as commentary, criticism, or parody. "Fair" uses do not require permission from the copyright owner. Determining fair use...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The Missing Revolution: K–12 Education should unleash the genius of the web. Why hasn’t it?
James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University Law School, and founding board member of Creative Commons, spoke at LEARN NC's Tenth Anniversary Conference in October 2006...
Format: video
Obtaining permission for copyrighted materials
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.5
If your desired use of a copyrighted work does not fall under fair use and the work is not licensed for public use, you must ask permission before using it. Be sure to think through carefully what...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Saying "yes" instead of "no"
Fair Use Guidelines make room for students and teachers to use copyrighted material in multimedia presentations.
Format: article
By Connie Bakker.
Teaching students about the Creative Commons
Technology makes stealing easy, but it makes sharing just as easy. The Creative Commons will let your students innovate in and out of the classroom without having to worry about copyright violations.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide
LEARN NC works collaboratively with educators and other individuals from a variety of backgrounds to develop web-based resources for teachers and students. This manual guides educators through the process of developing content for publication on the web, including writing, design, technical guidelines, and copyright.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

Library Journal
A journal dedicated to the disbursement of information related to libraries, collection development, technology, and other information management related topics. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Reed Elsevier Inc.
TEACH Toolkit: An Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education
In November of 2002, the federal government revised the copyright law to state that “it is not copyright infringement for teachers and students at an accredited, nonprofit educational institution to transmit performances and displays of copyrighted works... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: North Carolina State University Libraries