Copyright for Educators in a Digital Age: Online Workshop

Professional Development


In this Zoom workshop, we will look at copyright and permission issues in our increasingly complicated digital world from multiple perspectives. We will examine the boundaries of copyright and fair use in teaching and learning. Using case studies, we will explore ways in which copyright can be used to guide instruction and take advantage of materials that are free and available for us, as well as how to avoid infringing on the copyright of others. Through the process of learning about public domain and copyright, participants will assemble their own list of accessible and free-to-use resources for their content area. We will also look at how copyright law and common practice can be used as a tool for creators, fostering creativity and innovation for both students and teachers. We will delve deeply into the world of Creative Commons, to understand the history of this movement as well as applications in today’s learning environments. This workshop is designed to guide educators to a deeper understanding of the concepts underlying copyright, fair use, and the Creative Commons movement, an understanding that is crucial for the future.  

Participants will:

  • Explore the concepts of copyright, public domain and fair use, and develop their own understanding of how these ideas impact their learning environments.
  • Learn about the Creative Commons movement and how it can be harnessed to foster creativity and innovation for teachers and students.
  • Develop a set of “go to” resources for instruction in their content area.
  • Create a plan for preparing students to be content creators in a digital world. 

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 4 hours


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

    Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the Director of Licensure & Credentialing at the Collaborative for Educational Services. Suzanne oversees the Teacher Licensure and Administrative Leadership programs and is part of the CES ISTE Certification Team. She also co-leads the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition and is Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery in Western Massachusetts. Her interests lie in the fields of blended learning, technology integration in K-12 schools, makerspaces and creativity in education, games and gamification, and adult pedagogy. She has facilitated workshops and professional learning communities in history, literacy, K-12 libraries, and technology integration.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

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