Citizenship for the faculty and students, and the use of Creative Commons has
been encouraged. It currently is used in our classrooms, and therefore, I have known about Creative Commons for a few years and I have understood what the “cc” means. The webpage http://search.creativecommons.org/ is linked for the students from our school’s website for quick access and use in their projects. Our students have access to other sources, however, such as Discovery Education, through which images and videos or video segments may be freely used with our current license.
The use of Creative Commons has not impacted how my students learn and create projects to a great extent, however. The source of many of their images has changed with its use. It is good to know that there are many images in Flickr that carry
Creative Commons copyright licenses, and I will encourage my students to use
this source for images and provide credits as well.
I use digital images in the creation of ActivBoard flip charts, PowerPoints, student handouts and more in my profession. I look for images and video clips that are Creative Commons or from sources with permission. Additionally, I add a page or slide providing credits to these presentations. I have created many of my own images as well, which is much easier with today’s phone cameras and iPads.
I share content on the web for student use and information. For example I have taken screenshots of my ActivBoard flipcharts and posted them on Edmodo and my webpage for absent students, and have posted PowerPoints as well on Edmodo. For this is the reason I do take precautions in my content to be sure there are no copyright violations and provide credits. Our district’s science textbook publisher is Holt McDougal and we paid for the rights to use their materials, virtual labs and videos. Students have access to their online materials using our school’s password. Furthermore, we have
permission save handouts to Word files and edit them.
Finally, there are some potential negatives in using Creative Commons. Using it does not ensure that the user is protected from lawsuits on copyright violation, but since the courts ruled on this and Fair Use, lawsuits are less common. One must still provide credits, and while there are hundreds of images, I have found that many of the images are not as effective for my purposes as Google images and more difficult to find, so I
find I spend more time looking.
I found this week’s reading on Flickr most interesting and helpful. Having heard that it is used to store pictures, I have not had much interest in it because there are other sites fulfilling that need, such as Shutterfly and Facebook. As the author points out, however, Flickr provides a means to publish photos to the web at no cost and it appears to be an easy procedure (Richardson, 2010). There are multiple applications that come to mind, but I especially like the idea of setting up groups with classes of students in which sharing and collaboration can occur. Tagging those photos of particular interest for my students with key words will allow connections with others. I now know that the more tags one has the greater the likelihood that others on the same topic or subject can be found.
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Taken on March 7, 2012
Richardson, W. (2010). The social web: Learning together. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and
other powerful web tools for classrooms (pp. 85-99). Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.