Case Study Video, Elementary

Elementary school teachers strengthen critical thinking and communication skills by engaging students in using copyrighted materials to create their own public service announcement on global warming. 

Created in collaboration with The Media Spot, this video features elementary school students at P.S. 124, The Silas B. Dutcher School in Brooklyn, New York. Use this video to discuss the fair use of copyrighted materials in conjunction with the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you agree that the use of images and music in these PSAs was a transformative use? Does it add value and repurpose? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think these students chose to use copyrighted works in their videos? Why didn't they use royalty-free music? Why do you think they chose a picture of a Cadillac instead of a generic car image with no logo?

3. Do you think the students should have given credit to the original creators of the images they used in their videos? The students used Google Images -- how would they find out who the original creator is?

4. Which of the five principles are relevant in this case? What evidence supports your answer?