“It is our role as educators and parents to prepare this generation of youth to be ethical, responsible, and resilient in a digital culture. This includes how we create and share online.”
– Marsali Hancock, CEO of iKeepSafe.
“Digital citizens need to learn their rights as well as their responsibilities as members of the digital community. This new educational curriculum is a real step in that direction and owes its success in large measure to the open and collaborative way it was developed.”
– Jerry Berman, founder of Center for Democracy and Technology, and President of the Internet Education Foundation
“Understanding copyright and Fair Use is difficult at best. Ask ten K-12 educators what copyrighted materials can legally be used or remixed in an educational setting, and you’ll likely get ten different answers. With more creators of media than ever before, it’s critical that students learn at an early age to respect intellectual property and creators’ rights.
Trying to locate relevant, yet interesting Copyright and Fair Use resources for students is challenging, and there were virtually no resources that explained intellectual property to elementary students. To respond to this need, iKeepSafe has created engaging, age-appropriate lessons that enable K-6 students to understand the importance of acknowledging the creator, and using works legally, and more importantly, respectfully.”
– Dana Greenspan, CTAP Region 8 Technology Specialist, Ventura County Office of Education
“These lessons are incredible. They help me teach the importance of copyright and Fair Use as my class does weekly research and inquiry. They hook the students by activating their schema of famous writers like Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain, etc. while connecting this to each student’s individual experience and how copyright and Fair Use affect them.
The lessons are age appropriate for all students ranging from the gifted to special education. They are useful in integrating topics of the Common Core. I am thrilled they are available to us!”
– Jennifer Asay, M.Ed., Fourth Grade Teacher
“The National Educational Technology Standards (ISTE’s NETS) list digital citizenship as one of six standards that students, teachers, and administrators should learn and many schools are now weaving digital citizenship into their curricula. Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens offers one way to bring to life the often-confusing topics of copyright and Fair Use. The lessons take a balanced approach to understanding copyright and Fair Use.
Short activities and helpful videos can be integrated into a variety of subjects over the course of the school year, particularly as students produce and share their own creative work. And that’s important knowledge to have as today’s kids become the artists, inventors, and innovators driving tomorrow’s economy.”
– Frank Gallagher, Media Literacy Expert and Vice President, Education, Cable Impacts Foundation
“When you hear about piracy in everyday life, it’s not really framed in terms of the artist that you’re hurting. It’s framed more in terms of big corporations, so you’re not really thinking about the affect that it has on the individual artists that are producing content. After talking to Ruth I really see…that piracy is not good for anyone that wants to go into the industry.”
– Zoe Enscoe, Junior, Boston University
“CreativeFuture showed me first-hand how piracy affects our industry, and how everyone has to do their part in standing up for creativity and addressing the digital theft of content.”
– Tanner Cusumano, Junior, Chapman University
“As Millennials, we are the contemporary patrons of the arts. The money we spend on songs and books and films is an investment towards future content. It’s a symbiotic relationship that depends on our willingness to pay for content as much as it does on the creation of content worth paying for. Without an audience, art is meaningless. Without patrons, art is impossible.”
– Quintilio Ramon, Graduate, Princeton University