In this free, hands-on course you will

  • Make sense of copyright law, public domain, Creative Commons and fair use for using media in your classroom and when implementing your classroom media projects
  • Learn how to find copyright free media to use in media making
  • Learn how to give credit attribution
Who Should Take This Course

K-12 educators in all subject areas who want to develop skills and confidence with media making and media literacy.

Course Features

Learn online at your own pace with step-by-step videos and hands-on activities. Join live events with instructors and peers. It’s completely free!

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion for 10 hours of professional development and get started on earning a PBS Media Literacy micro-credential.

Learning Objectives

Understand how to navigate copyright in the classroom by learning the essentials of the law and the alternatives to choose from, including:

  • Finding copyright-free media in the public domain or under Creative Commons licenses
  • Distinguishing the different criteria for reuse and remixing as determined by the various types of Creative Commons licenses
  • Giving proper attribution when using another creator’s work


Enroll now for free!

You will have four weeks to complete the assignments in this course and receive a Certificate of Completion. If you would like to continue to access the course content after those 4 weeks, you are welcome to re-enroll. There is no penalty for taking the course multiple times.

Your Instructors

We support educators in integrating video storytelling, audio podcasts and other media literacy skills into their teaching practice.

Angel Valerio

Angel is KQED’s program manager for STEM professional learning. Previously, she worked in South Los Angeles and East Oakland for 8 years as a high school life science teacher and instructional coach. She is passionate about the intersection of science, social justice, and uplifting youth voice.

Rachel Roberson

Rachel is KQED’s program manager for humanities professional learning. Previously, she was an English and social studies classroom teacher and teacher leader in San Francisco, Oakland, Austin and internationally. Before becoming a teacher, she was a newspaper reporter in the Bay Area.

Rik Panganiban

Rik is the manager of online learning and educator certification at KQED. Rik was the head of Digital Learning at the California Academy of Sciences and the instructional design lead for Science Action Club.

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED

KQED Teach courses can help prepare you to apply for micro-credentials on Digital Promise.

Earn all 8 micro-credentials (MCs) to become a certified PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator.

About KQED

KQED is a nonprofit, public media station and NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco that offers award-winning education resources and services free to educators nationwide. KQED Teach is a collection of professional development courses that empower educators to teach media literacy, make media for the classroom and lead media-making projects with students in K-12.

Have a question? Email us at [email protected] or check out our FAQ. Find out about our district supports here.