Copyright and YOU!

What you need to know as you begin your math project...


I don't know about you, but I'm super excited as we begin our "Fractions in the Real-World" project and I look forward to seeing all of the great data you're collecting and organizing! Remember, you are supposed to...

  • ...survey 100 people with your pre-approved question
  • ...create fractions from your data
  • ...interpret your findings
  • ...use a web 2.0 tool to present your findings
  • ...then share your findings with the class the week before Winter Break.

There are a few things you should know about copyright law as you prepare your presentations by finding information online and from other sources. You'll need to make sure that you document and use that information appropriately (example: images, websites, sound clips, & videos). Let's review "copyright," "fair use," "transformativeness," and "creative commons" as they relate to what you can and cannot add to your project presentations. Have fun exploring below!
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What is copyright!? In this video, you'll learn all about the history of copyright, what it means to apply "fair use," and the difference between copyrighted material and "creative commons" material.

Use the "FAIR USE" definition and checklist below as you add images, sound clips, and/or videos to your presentation. Refer to the image about "TRANSFORMATIVENESS" to determine what you can do to another person's work.


Sometimes the owners of copyrighted material give their works a creative commons license. This means it's easier to use and share! Take a look at the icons for creative commons below!
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Still not sure whether you can use an image, sound clip, video, or other copyrighted work in your presentation? Check out the flow chart below!


Take the quiz below, print off your score, and turn it in on the day you present your project findings.

So, what exactly am I allowed to use in my math project!?

Copyright and Fair Use for Student Projects

Optional Copyright Discussion

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 7-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Have specific questions about your presentation as it relates to copyright law that weren't answered here? Join Mrs. L and your classmates to discuss your concerns. This meeting is optional and floating...join us anytime between 7:00pm and 8:30pm!


  • All images used in this Smore (besides the one listed below) were obtained from an advanced "free to use or share, even commercially" Google images search and are sited below the image. All images used had a "no attribution required" statement attached to them.
  • Transformative Image: "Paintball Art" by Lori Ho available @ under a Creative Commons

    Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license

  • Linked copyright instructional video is from
  • Embedded copyright instructional video is from and can be found at

Mrs. Deanna Lancaster

Mrs. L has taught online with NCVPS since 2010. She enjoys getting to know her students and teaching them mathematics! She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Brad, and 3 daughters.