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Creative Commons

Copyright laws were implemented long before the Internet existed and can cause difficulty when teachers (and others) wish to use web-based resources. Creative Commons is an organization with the mission to provide the means for creators to maintain copyright while allowing limited use of their work. Creative Commons provides various licensing options that might be used by teachers who are looking for a simple way to license educational works such as lesson plans and instructional materials.

Works published under Creative Commons licensing are an excellent source of content for classroom use. Many works are available at no charge, with the simple requirement that the original creator be given credit. The Creative Commons Search provides an easy way for teachers to search for media, videos, photos, and music published under Creative Commons licensing. The search tool provides access to nearly unlimited resources that can be used for lessons, instructional materials, presentations, and student projects.

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