Teach Students About Creative Commons: 15+ Resources

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 5.38.58 PMIncluded in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination … Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it.” ~ Jim Jarmusch

Your students will often use images, music, and content created by other individuals. Part of teaching our learners digital citizenship, is showing them how to respect copyright and how to properly cite where they found the content they use. Creative Common licensing is a simple way for people to define how their content can be used and remixed. Below are a few ideas and resources to help you teach your learners about creative commons:

Sites for Creative Common Images

  • Flickr- Go to the Flickr Advanced Search page. (Flickr.com –> click on search –> click on advanced search –> enter a keyword, like “animals”, scroll down and tick the box that says “search only in Creative Commons-licensed content”).
  • FlickrCC- a website which will look for CC images on Flickr and give you the attribution. It  is a faster option than the instructions above, but it isn’t always updated. Please click on the original image to make sure the attribution details are correct.
  • Pics4Learning- Over 35000 images for educational purposes
  • Wikimedia Commons (4 million images in the public domain)
  • Free Images (6000 stock photos, and they require you to credit them as the source)
  • World Images (80,000 photos from the California State University IMAGE project, under a non-commercial  CC license)
  • ELT Pics (Images taken by teachers for teachers, collected via Twitter and stored on Flickr, under a non-commercial CC license)
  • PhotoPin (a search engine that finds Creative Commons images)
  • Wylio- Search engine for CC images for bloggers
  • CC Image Search Engine
  • Compfight
  • PhotoXpress offers 10 free stock images a day
  • Hubspot Stock Images

Sites for Creative Common Sound Files & Music


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Creative Commons High Resolution Images on Flickr

Part of the new Presentation tips series

Since 1994 I have been presenting frequently in competitions, conferences, webinars, and virtual conferences. By the end of this year, I will have created over 50 presentations on PowerPoint and Prezi. I have learned a lot of short cuts and have found some great resources that may be of value for your presentations. I know that not many of us have time to spare in creating amazing presentations or some of us just need some advice. Therefore, I am starting a new series where I will be sharing presentation tips.

Part of education transformation is sharing what works in our teaching and how we help motivate our students. Presenting is part of this sharing of resources. Hopefully, these tips will help you motivate your audiences and help save you time.

Flickr High Resolution Images

One of my favorite resources for Creative Common high resolution images is Flickr. Register for free or through your Yahoo account. This video will help you find Creative Common images for commercial and non-commercial uses.

I often adapt images that are under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, which is the updated version of the 2.0 license. Here are a few ways to quickly find CC 3.0 licensed images to use on Flickr:

Some of My CC Quotes Slides

Enjoy these slides. I will be adding more to my quotes set regularly. These are the small versions but click on the image to grab larger images for your blog, video, or presentation.

Plato Kind quote Flickr

Alive quote Flickr

Beauty Confuscius Plato

G Couros quote Flickr

Dr Seuss Brains quote Flickr

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What Creative Commons Flickr group or photographer do you enjoy?

In the next post of this series I will share my favorite websites to find hi-resolution stock photos.

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Cool Sites for Manipulating Images

Part of the Cool Sites weekly series!

In the 30 Goals Challenge, I have asked you to join a project such as the 365 photo challenge. The following sites will help you add some cool effects to your images!

Picnik: photo editing awesomenessThis is one of the easiest and best tools for adding amazing effects to images! The free version offers various effects including making your photo black and white, cropping it, and adding stickers, costumes, frames, and so much more! You do not have to register. Plus, Picnik integrates with Twitbacks, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and more. Your students will enjoy using Picnik to make online scrapbooks, document memories, and create avatars. This is how I was able to create my newest Twitter avatar for 2010. If you’d like one, please let me know!

Big Huge Labs is a website full of tons of websites to create any effect with your photos. You can turn your images into magazine covers, puzzles, maps, bead art, cd covers, and inspirational posters. You can create various collages as well. There are 100s of effects you will find on this website, which is why I love it!

With Shape Collage you can create beautiful collage designs with your photo sets. This tool is very easy to use. Just enter the urls of your photos, then choose a shape or type in a text, and finally create! You can embed the image like I did with Second Life photos.

Use Pixuffle to shuffle the pixels in a photo and create something very artistic. You could use this tool for your students to create completely distorted images like the one I created to the left. Then have the students share with the class for others to guess what the original image was!

Picture 4For more artistic effects, try Psychopaint. This is another easy to use tool that will have your image looking like a Van Gogh or Matisse painting! Wouldn’t this be a great way for your students to have hands-on experience with the artistic techniques of this time?!

Edit your images on your Iphone by using the free Adobe Photoshops app! To find out more about this incredible app visit this post!

More Image Sites

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