Day 15 #30DC14!  Way to go!!!

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So you have a great interactive lesson planned with a multimedia project in the works and you need some pictures…   Maybe you are having students do some research on a famous person, time, place, etc and you need them to to use 5 sources from the web…  What about videos?  Yes, the internet is full of resources (good and bad) and they are all so easy to copy and paste into our presentations. Right?

While resources are coming at our students (and ourselves) at lightning fast speeds, we do need to be aware of what we are teaching them through our actions.  Knowing about good citizenship and modeling it need to be one and the same.  How many times have you needed a picture of something off the web and you just googled it and copied the image to share with class?  I’m guilty of doing it early in my 1:1 teaching!  The ease of finding and curating resources draws us in and we need to be conscious of it so that our students get the right message.  Below are some options and resources for finding properly licensed resources that can be reused in the classroom.

Getting Started

Because there are several resources already on our site related to copyrighted resources and how to find and attribute them appropriatly, I’m going to link to those here…

Suggested Uses

  • Pictures and videos are priceless in presentations…
  • Research projects (remember all information [and not just images] needs to be used according to it’s license)
  • Anytime you share digital information!
  • Digital Storytelling Assignments.
  • Web-Authoring and Blogging Activities.
  • ???

Why It Matters (Teaching Rubric)

Modeling what you want the students to learn is essential in education.   Teachers should purposefully integrate Resources, Activities, and Materials (competency 2.1) that are appropriate and how to appropriatly obtain them.  Modeling how to correctly find and use web resources demonstrates that the Teacher’s Knowledge of  (their) Content (essential competency 2.7) is factual and accessible to students. Integrating proper digital citizenship in all web related uses demonstrates the Teacher’s Compliance to Policies and Procedures (essential competency 4.6).


Think about your use of digital resources and how you model their use for your students.  Do you demonstrate how to find copyrighted resources / images for your students?  Do you require your students to find reusable copyrighted resources and attribute them properly for projects and assignments?   Comment below on what your favorite site is for finding online resources that are licensed for reuse and how you model it for your students.  If you don’t currently do this, the challenge is first to start, but then share how you will in the future.

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  1. I will be directing my students to Google advanced search and other methods of finding appropriate images. I’ve had my students create photo essays and discussed the importance of giving credit to both the written content and visual content that they use in creating their essays. It’s something that students (and teachers) don’t often consider because if the image pops up on Google Images it must be okay to use, right?

  2. I am going to have to use the advanced search in google to get what I need for math. I tried looking at some of the other sites given above for just images of graphs that I can use and found nothing. This has opened my eyes as far myself not citing the images I have been using. I am going to get better at using free images other than just stealing from now on.

  3. Before Bill Gumula became our Elearning coach I too was guilty as charged and didn’t even realize it. Thanks to Bill’s help I am able to inform and share the sites with all of my students using my Protopage. With Bill’s help we are getting the word out to every staff member as well. We started having our after school Tech Club go around with a camera and take shots of anything and everything. Our eventual goal is to upload those to a site that everyone can use. While the students miss the “fun”pictures in Google when they change the usage rights they are starting to understand why they disappear and why it is important to give credit where credit is due. They also like the feature in Google Drive that automatically cites the information for them. This is a very handy feature.

  4. I try to show my students how to use images correctly and site them correctly, but it is a challenge with so much available to just cut and paste. I think I will create a file of some of the resources available here and post on my MBC homepage so they can have access to appropriate material and I will have better access to materials that will help them understand the importance of this topic.

  5. I plan to educate myself further on this topic using information here. I have been concerned about my lack of knowledge in this area. I already tell students to quote their sources, but since I don’t know all the legalities myself, I haven’t done a good job of teaching them the legalities. I would like to create an information sheet for them to have and provide it for them at the beginning of each year.

  6. This is an area that I have felt that I need to learn more about. I do remind my students to quote their sources, but I have not been up on the exact laws, etc… I have always been a conscientious person wanted to do things the right (legal) way. I need to learn more about it as far as what is legal in the digital world. I am making it a point to educate myself and pass the info along to my students. I would like to create an information sheet for my students to give them at the beginning of the year.

  7. This is absolutely SO true, and it is one of those topics so easily overlooked. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I’m sure I have made many mistakes when it comes to copying and pasting. I will certainly try to pay better attention and teach my students.

  8. Next year, we are going 1:1 at our HS with Macbook Airs. These resources will be extremely helpful in creating our policies, procedures, and a student/teacher digital citizenship course. I have already shared a few tips and pointers with some of the teachers in my building and their biggest reaction is – “Really? I can’t just use an image that I find?”. Most are totally shocked to learn that their digital citizenship skills need a second look as well. We tend to always think that teachers “know” how to use/cite materials appropriately. Excited to start explicitly modeling some of these things when I meet together with my teachers!

  9. I teach web design. I admit in the beginning, I would just let the students google and use any image they pleased. I attended one of William Gumula’s presentations over digital citizenship and loved the resources he shared. Since then I am diligent in showing them how to properly obtain images that they are free to use in their websites. I also teach a Digital Citizenship class, which is really a computer applications course. Microsoft now has a feature that allows the students to search the internet for photos that are labeled for reuse. That is a really nice feature.
    I like Morguefile. The images are really beautiful to use on websites. Also, I found a site called design seeds. The creator said that we can use her photos as long as we give her credit. I also use the Google search feature that allows you to find images that you are free to use. The problem; however, might be that they were improperly labeled by another person.

  10. Ethical use of online materials is always a difficult topice to make clear to students and staff alike. Cut, copy and paste are great tools, but make it so easy to be unethical. This information is clearly stated in the ISTE standards for both student and teacher clarification. Credit should be given for any source that is used in the classroom, digitally, or as a part of an assignment. Without due credit, it is plagarism and subject to the laws that apply. We must, therefore, be the driving force and example for our students. This education must start with K and continue building the ethic skill set needed as the proceed through high school and into college.

  11. Guilty as charged and I feel somewhat responsible for Mr. Barringer’s lawless ways as I was the one who introduced him to Weebly and making it look pretty. With that being said I have read many of the comments in regards to Day #15 and have found several ways that I can set my search criteria to be within the fair use standard and would be appropriate for class. Although it may take time I’m going to go back and amend my directions and rubrics to require students and myself to hold ourselves to the legal standard for incorporating copyrighted multimedia content.

  12. This is a topic that is extremely relevant and I was excited to see it in the challenge. My daughter, who is a graphic design and majored in advertising/public relations and communication, preaches to me about this issue often. Copyright is really a twofold issue. First, it’s about ethics, but secondly, as my daughter has pointed out to me several times, it’s about protecting yourself. She recently shared with me an article she saw about Getty Images, which is one of the largest stock photography websites. (Here is a link to the article: What the article talks about is how Getty Images is trying to ease up on their copyright practices. However, what my daughter pointed out to me is the extreme seriousness that Getty Images takes in finding people who have obtained their images illegally. They charge fines, they sue and that is something that is common place amongst Stock Photography websites. (She also has told me that record labels do the same thing.) It’s not just important to teach the ethics when it comes to this issue, but also to not do anything that’s going to hurt yourself. I try extremely hard to not use copyrighted images. My daughter has pointed out to me that it’s easy to find royalty free images just by doing a Google search for royalty free images. Another thing that I have tried to be careful of is using royalty free music. I put videos up on my classroom Facebook page that usually have some sort of a musical background. As always it is important to use royalty free music from an ethical stand point, but also, if you try to upload a video with copyright music to Facebook, not only will they not put up your video, but if you try to upload illegal music too often, they shut down your page. Considering all of this, I believe it is extremely important that we teach our students about copyright issues the minute they start collecting information from online sources. Although first grade is a little young for full understanding of this issue, using media is a first grade standard. Therefore, we must be good models for our students. Lastly, I do think it’s important to remember, that while it is easy to go to Google and find and use images that are copyrighted, to not let the convenience override the fact that someone worked to create that image and they have every right to charge you for their work.

  13. My favorite way to search for royalty free and available to use images is through the Advanced Search in Google images. I can safely say that I need to step up to remind students to use that option when searching for images in the media center. Most search Google Images for use in their projects so teaching them at the moment with the resource they are most comfortable with may help them remember.

  14. I have always used the search feature in google images advanced search that I remember hearing about at a long ago Educator Day session at Indiana State. The images that appear in that search are safe and licensed to use if I remember correctly. I also try to use images found in the textbook for diagrams when easily snipped to use. I think (forgive me if I am wrong) that a class exists in conjunction with another course at our high school that teaches digital citizenship in a class that uses netbooks regularly.

  15. Every student loves to add pictures to everything they do! I am definitely keeping a copy of the article’ A Teacher’s Guide to Image Copyright’ It looks like many photographers do not really care if their pictures are copyrighted or not. II know that some of the students have tried to copy pictures and the website would not let them and I told them that the photographer did not want his picture copied. The children will be using this guide in the future.

    • Remind your students that all images are defaulted to “All Rights Reserved” unless otherwise noted. They are considered intellectual property and just because the web lets them does not mean that it is legal.

  16. This is a subject I have not been very good at. I have required my students on some assignments to attribute where they got their images or other media, but most of the time I haven’t. Most of my students, I am guessing, don’t know what Creative Commons or copyright for that matter even are or why it is important. Time is probably the biggest reason I haven’t discussed this with my students. It is an important concept for them to learn, I will agree, but when and who teaches them. Most of the students have between 6-7 different teachers in a variety of subject where this comes into play, but which subject(s) should teach it? What about those teachers who don’t have a clue themselves about copyrighted material versus Creative Commons or other open media?

    • Is it up to one teacher to make sure that students are being polite to others, giving credit to others when the idea comes from someone else? Do we only teach them in math class to leave other people’s things alone unless they ask for permission, or do we share that load?

      The answer is that it is every teacher’s responsibility to teach right and wrong. Just like it is the parents job as well. Let’s say you told your students that they needed to collect 5 examples of cylindrical items for a project. Would it be ok if they stole those items from someone? Of course not, it is likely in your discussion of the project that you might mention possible sources of those items, or where to find ones they can use, or even ones they can create themselves.

      The discussion of digital resources needs to be thought of the same way. No one is perfect and few know all the laws, but we can certainly do our best as teachers to learn what is correct and teach that to our students through reminders and modeling whenever the opportunity comes up.

  17. I’ve been guilty of using copyrighted images and text on my Weebly. When I took Media Law and Ethics for my Journalism master’s, I realized how serious an issue it is. Fair use can cover some resources, but it’s not a catch-all that allows teachers to copy and paste whole stories or use any image. I still haven’t fixed all the issues on my site, but I’m working on it. My favorite resource is Google Image searches that are specified for images that are free to use and share. If my students ever need images for projects, I always have them use that option.

  18. This is a difficult topic for many people educators as well. Simply citing where an image comes from is often not enough as most images are “All Rights Reserved” unless listed otherwise with Creative Commons. That is why it is important to teach students to search for images and resources with creative commons lienses for reuse. Many of the creative commons licenses allow you to reuse the image with attribution to the original photo /image/ etc..

    As you mentioned it is often best to create your own images because they are always free for you to use, but that is not always possible. Remember to model proper searches for licensed content and pay attention to what is allowed through that license. :)

  19. Having a visual on presentations and digital content makes a world of difference in how the students buy into the material. I love using visuals but certainly can do a better job at citing where the image came from. As educators, we forget that someone drew, designed, or took that picture which credit is due where it’s deserved. I try to draw many of my own examples for students to avoid this but that can only go so far which teaching students where to find royalty free content will help them in the long run but those pictures that are not royalty free, teaching how to cite them is necessary.

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