Friday, June 12, 2009
EFF offers "teaching copyright" curriculum for schools
Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco has developed a “Teaching Copyright” curriculum for high school students. The program has a step-by-step instruction progression that covers the basic concepts (including the reasons for copyright and fair use), and then moves on to specialized areas like P2P (which we know teenagers are likely to use). The program also includes some assessment quizzes and the package appears to be relatively straightforward for public schools to use.
Typically, school systems offer technology education as electives (sometimes in career centers), but copyright education encompasses both social studies concepts (as would be taught in a government class) and technology (such as the issues surrounding digital rights management). Sometimes copyright is taught in high school journalism classes (that produce a school paper and yearbook), typically as part of the English department.
The basic URL is here.