Best Practices in a Digital World


Here are some tips on how to stay safe online and be conscious in your your choices when learning and creating with digital content.

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Use a Passphrase instead of a Password.

Instead of using an easy to guess password, use a phrase instead with uppercase, lowercase, and numbers included. Ilovetofishat6:00am! is an example.


Use material under public domain.

When creating projects for school, you are free to use any work that is in public domain. This includes federal government documents, materials produced before 1923 and materials produced before 1977 without a copyright notice.

Using photos or pictures in your projects?

Keep these Fair Use guidelines in mind when working with images and photographs.

  • Up to 5 graphics or photos from the same person.
  • No more than 15 images from the same collection.
  • Images can not be changed.

Using someone's video in your project?

Keep these Fair Use guidelines in mind when you are using someone else's video in your projects.  Don't forget to cite your source(s).

  • You can use up to 3 minutes but no more than 10% of the entire video.
  • The video clip may not be changed in any way.

Using text in your projects?

Up to 1000 words, but not more than 10% of the book or article can be used in school project.