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Can you use this picture?

Teaching students what images & videos they can and cannot use is the next level of digital literacy! I discuss this in my posts “How to find License Free Content for School Projects” and “How to Find License-Free Content for School.”

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In the brave, new world of social media, mashups, and instant information, it becomes very easy to intentionally or unintentionally use the intellectual property of others inappropriately.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of flow chart, an infographic perhaps, to decide how and when to use images that you might find online?

Thanks to The Visual Communication Guy, there is such a thing. The Guy created a very handy guide that will walk you and your students through the process of deciding whether you should or shouldn’t use a specific image.

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Get the full version here.

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Getty Museum Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive – Open Culture

Open Culture has announced that the Getty Museum has published an additional 77,000 images to its Open Content Archive! The Getty Museum’s Open Content Archive is a

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

Bust of the Emperor Commodus. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program

repository of images that the museum has placed in the Public Domain.

More than 87,000 high resolution images are now available via the Getty’s Open Content Archive. To learn more about this project and other resources available to the public, see the article by Open Content Archive:

Getty Museum Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive – Open Culture.

Infographic on Creative Commons – What Can You Use? How do You Cite?

Digital Literacy includes obeying copyright and fair use laws. I’ve written about this in my article, “How to Find License Free Content for School Projects” and it has been highlighted by Edutopia in “Copyright and Fair Use For Educators.”

I recently came across a great infographic that highlights how to use and credit creative commons licensed content by foter.com. You can check it out below!

CC-infographic

5 Myths and Facts about Copyright and Images Online

I posted an article a few months ago entitled, “How to find License Free Material for School Projects.” I highlighted several resources educators and students can use to find License Free, non-comercial,  retired license, public domain or creative commons license content.

I recently came across a great info-graphic, “5 Myths & Facts about Copyright & Images Online.” It highlights the popular myths and possible legal consequences of using online images that isn’t licensed accordingly. Image is reproduced with permission from Legal123.au.com

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Internet Copyright Infringement
Source: Copyright Infringement: Myths vs Facts

Creative Commons Resources for Classroom Teachers | CTQ

A few months ago, I wrote an article “How to Find License Free Content for Classroom Projects.” Issues surrounding copyright, plagiarism, and online resources are becoming more important as our schools become more digital. Check out this great article by the Center for Teaching Quality, that highlights how to find Creative Commons Resources:

Creative Commons Resources for Classroom Teachers | CTQ.

How to Find License Free Content for School Projects

I recently read an amusing, but instructive article, entitle “PSA: Don’t Let Salami and Google Images Get You In Hot Water.” While amusing, it also highlights a rising concern for educators and students, as well as creators of content, about copyright and copyright infringement on the web. What can you use freely for education and what requires a fee? How do you cite material? How can you use it?

In my class, we do a lot of image based content. Most recently, my students are working on a Digital Storytelling project (you can see a highilight of the project in this article: “My First Attempt at Employing Digital Storytelling in the Classroom“). I work every year to teach my students about copyright and proper use of content. However, I know that it’s a learning experience for me as well. What I have learned is a consistent for use in an educational setting is material with a Creative Commons License.

A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, you might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an authors work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions the author has specified. – Wikipedia

This year, I have gathered (sometimes with the help of students) some ways to search for License-Free or Creative Commons Licensed content and am listing a few below:

CreativeCommons.org – Just what the site says, it focuses on purely Creative Commons Licensed products. You can use CreativeCommons.org to license your own material. You can use their website to search for material on a myriad of sites.

Google Advanced Search – Google’s Advanced Search allows users to search via license content.

Fotopedia – Great for humanities, Fotopedia has a repository of images from around the world. What makes it so amazing is that it is entirely user built. So those photos from a vacation you took to Rome years ago? Make sure that you upload those to the site and build their library!

YouTube Creative Commons – While searching YouTube videos specifically for creative commons content is best done via Google Advanced Search or CreativeCommons.org, it does merit mention here that YouTube has a strong video collection of Creative Commons content. Even more so, I greatly encourage that when you upload your own videos to YouTube, you check that “Creative Commons” License box!

Wikimedia Commons – Wikimedia is similar to Wikipedia except it is a database of Creative Commons and Open Source Licensed images, videos, and sounds. If you are a creator of content, this is a great place for you to show off your work!

Flickr – One of the most popular online tools for storing and sharing images, Flickr also expressly has a Creative Commons” element in their advanced search feature. Again, upload those vacation photos or drawings of your own and be sure to check that “Creative Commons” box to support education and creativity!

I’m sure that there are several other places to find Creative Common or Open Source material, but these sites are a great place for educators and students to get started. And, even with Creative Commons, be sure to always cite the original piece! Even if you are allowed to use, distribute, and modify someone else’s work, you should always give them credit!

Using Wikimedia in the Classroom for Creation

Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 9.16.53 AMMany people are familiar with Wikipedia, the online open encyclopedia. However, Wikipedia is just one component of a larger Wikimedia world. One of my favorite tools for students to use for creation is Wikimedia Commons. This is a repository of images, sound, video, and more that is free for users to use and share (with very limited licensing restrictions).

Materially hosted on Wikimedia is under an open content license. This means that users can reuse the material without contacting the creating, but:

  • some licenses require that the original creator be attributed,

  • some licenses require that the specific licence be identified when reusing (including, in some cases, stating or linking to the terms of the license), and

  • some licenses require that if you modify the work, your modifications must also be similarly freely licensed.

If you have your students create videos, presentations, websites, or more, this is a great place for them to learn about copyright law and licensing restriction without fear of unwittingly violating the law.