Teaching Copyright and Info Literacy

William Patry takes a look at some "non-partisan" copyright groups educational materials: The Patry Copyright Blog: Non-profit, non-partisan education in copyright: "It would be sad indeed if a balanced educational plan for copyright was unachievable, especially where there is a will to develop one."

As Patry discusses, the copyright debate is not partisan in the traditional sense-- it is not a Democratic-Republican party issue. Rather, it is partisan among the various interest groups, with the public interest often never considered in policy-making, or often relegated to just another special interest.

But, that's a topic for another post.

This raises the question of how and when copyright should be taught to students. In the increasingly wired and creative classroom, Copyright is something that will come up as students scour the internet to download photos, videos and music to use in their school projects and presentations.

But at the same time, issues of plagarism/attribution, information literacy and ascertaining the veracity of sources also arise. For today's students, web research and vetting sources should probably be taught along with basic copyright principles.

What needs to be taught in an introduction to information literacy and intellectual property curriculum? When is the best time to start to teach it? Elementary school? Middle School? High School?

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