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Copyright and Fair Use

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education puts an end to copyright confusion! Check out our case study videos, Schoolhouse-Rock style music videos, as well as our readings, activities and lesson plans for high school and college students to learn about copyright and fair use as they apply to teaching and learning with digital media, mass media and popular culture.

Teaching Resources

Support reflection on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Books for young learners: It's never to early to be smart about media!

Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners judge the pros and cons of digital life and reflect on the role of media regulation.

Research and Scholarship

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R 2017 Communicar https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/English.pdf The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.19.20.png

his paper offers a case study of a collaboration between teachers in the US and Turkey, where 7 th grade students interacted with each other via online social media as a means to promote cultural understanding.

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Renee Hobbs 2017 International Handbook of Media Literacy Education https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs%202017%20Approaches%20to%20Teacher%20PD%20in%20Media%20Literacy.pdf Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education Journal 1 public://handbook.png /pub/approaches-teacher-professional-development-digital-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs & Julie Coiro 2016 May Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs_et_al-2016-Journal_of_Adolescent_%26_Adult_Literacy%2520%281%29_0.pdf Everyone Learns From Everyone: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Professional Development in Digital Literacy Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.46.03.png /pub/everyone-learns-everyone-collaborative-and-interdisciplinary-professional-development-digital-li
Renee Hobbs 2016 March International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/HOBBS%2520Lessons-in-Copyright-Activism--K-12-Education-and-the-DMCA-1201-Exemption-Rulemaking-Process_0.pdf Lessons in copyright activism: K-12 education and the DMCA 1201 exemption rulemaking process. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.47.49.png /pub/lessons-copyright-activism-k-12-education-and-dmca-1201-exemption-rulemaking-process
Renee Hobbs 2011 March Knowledge Quest https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs%20Empowering%20Learners.pdf Empowering learners with digital and media literacy. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.33.23.png /pub/empowering-learners-digital-and-media-literacy
Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith 2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Digital%20Authorship%20Primer%20Hobbs%20and%20Smith%202018.pdf Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators Journal 0

In this essay, the term digital authorship in examined in relation to literacy learning. We reflect on two critical issues that are sometimes overlooked features of digital literacy in relation to the pedagogical practices of digital authorship.

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Renee Hobbs 2017 Educational Leadership # Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World Journal 0 /pub/teaching-and-learning-post-truth-world
Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011 June Action in Teacher Education https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/1_9_2018_Field-Base.pdf Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Journal 0 /pub/field-based-teacher-education-elementary-media-literacy-means-promote-global-understanding
Hobbs, R. & Donnelly, K.E. 2011 November In M.C. Rife, S. Slattery & D.N. Devoss (Eds.), Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. West Layfayette, IN: Parlor Press (pp. 275 - 294). https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs%2520and%2520Donnelly%2C%2520pedagogy%2520of%2520fair%2520use%2520Chapter15_1.pdf Towards a Pedagogy of Fair Use for Multimedia Composition Journal /pub/towards-pedagogy-fair-use-multimedia-composition
Hobbs. R. 2010 September Formare # Empowerment and protection: Complementary strategies for digital and media literacy education in the United States. Journal /pub/empowerment-and-protection-complementary-strategies-digital-and-media-literacy-education-united-
Hobbs, R. 2009 September Afterimage https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs%2C%2520Afterimage%2C%2520The_power_of_fair_use_for_medi_0.pdf The Power of Fair Use For Media Literacy Education Journal /pub/power-fair-use-media-literacy-education
Hobbs, R. 2009 Council Chronicle https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Council%2520Chronicle%2520March%25202009%2520Copyright%2520and%252021st%2520Century%2520Literacy_0.pdf Best Practices Help End Copyright Confusion Journal /pub/best-practices-help-end-copyright-confusion
Hobbs, R., Jaszi, P. and Aufderheide, P 2009 International Journal of Learning and Media https://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/default/files/Hobbs%2C%2520Jaszi%2C%2520Aufderheide%2520How%2520Media%2520Literacy%2520Educators%2520Reclaimed%2520Fair%2520Use%2520IJLM%25202009_0.pdf How media literacy educators reclaimed copyright and fair use Journal /pub/how-media-literacy-educators-reclaimed-copyright-and-fair-use
Hobbs, R. 2008 March Education Week # Copyright Confusion is Shortchanging our Students Journal /pub/copyright-confusion-shortchanging-our-students
Donnelly, K. 2007 Youth Media Reporter, November 14. # Using Media, Fair Use and Copyright Journal /pub/using-media-fair-use-and-copyright