Creative Commons

Creative Commons makes it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

You can easily search for Creative Commons media:
Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons is part of the open culture, “a concept applied to the use, reuse and alteration of creative works–including music, film and images–free from strict legal restrictions imposed by intellectual property rights!” When you are in the classroom, consider using open resources!
Open Resources


Powerful Presentations

Here is my Prezi on creating an effective presentation.

Powerful Presentations

You can find presentation-friendly media on the Education Guide’s Classroom Copyright page, including links to educational collections and Creative Commons Search.

How do I cite media in my presentation?

You can cite media (images, sound, video) in several different ways, depending upon where you are presenting and what software you are using:

  1. put the info beside the image, in small font
  2. put the info on a slide at the end of your presentation
  3. put the info in the slide notes

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is “something conceived in the mind of an individual and made available to other individuals.” *

Intellectual property includes:

  • copyright
  • trademarks
  • patents

Copyright is part of intellectual property; it protects the rights and financial interests of the intellectual property owner.

Excerpt from Red Deer Public School Board Intellectual Property Rights Policy:

“[T]he Board of Trustees is generally considered the first owner of copyright on all pedagogical materials which teachers and other employees create or adapt in the course of their employment with the Red Deer Public School District and for which there is no written agreement that the employee will maintain or assume ownership of

Policies may differ between school boards. View the entire policy here:
Policy and Regulation: 5.06.08 – Intellectual Property Rights (PDF)

*(The Computer as an Educational Tool: Productivity and Problem Solving (5th Ed) by Descy & Forcier, 2006, p45)

Copyright or Copywrong?

Copyright MattersCopyright Matters is “[a] booklet designed to inform educators and school boards about copyright issues.” It is published jointly by Council of Ministers of Education, the Canadian School Boards Association, and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

View the questions and answers from class:

Learn more about copyright in the classroom: