Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Finding Photos and Teaching Copyright

The web has made it so easy to infringe on copyright that sometimes we, as educators, overlook the rules.  We are good at teaching our students not to plagiarize, but how much time do we spend teaching them how to search for images licensed for Creative Commons or in the Public Domain?

Try this... collect something your students have created that displays their photos or artwork (posters, ads, poetry, etc.).  Return the next day with money in hand (I know you teach, but scrounge up several $1 bills).  Begin counting it in front of your students.  Someone will surely ask questions!  Tell them you sold their work to XYZ.  When they ask how much money they are getting (you know they will ask), tell them, "Oh no, I used your work to make some money for myself.  I'm going out to dinner."  If you have a sweet bunch of students, you may have to do a little prodding to get a reaction, but, most likely, someone will point out the fact that you are being unfair!  This is where you bring in copyright laws and talk about how to respect and correctly use others' property.

5 Places to Find Photos

  • Google Image Search - Teach students to change the Usage Rights to show only images labeled for reuse/reuse with modification.
  • Photos for Class - Creative Commons licensed, age-appropriate images with attributions
  • Pics4Learning -  "...curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting."
  • Morguefile - Free stock photos for commercial use; check license for modification rights
  • Pixabay - "All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required."
Thank you to Richard Byrne for sharing four of these on his Practical Ed Tech tutorial.  If you have not visited his site, you are missing out on a fantastic resource!

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