What is this? If you didn’t take the photo, then someone else did. Some photographers get paid money for taking images to use in newspapers, so often online newspapers copyright their images. This means you would have to pay money or have the photographer’s permission to use that photo on your blog.
Why? Your blog is in the public domain and is available for anyone to see. You are not allowed to put copyright images on your blog without the permission of the owner. This means you need to find images that are creative commons instead.
What is that? Watch this YouTube video about sharing your work and creative commons.
Teachers: A fantastic guide to copyright, fair use and creative commons has been written by Ronnie Burt and I would suggest you read this to understand more about using images, music and video on your blogs. Larry Ferlazzo also has a great “Best List for images” that you might want to check out as well.
Below is a list of websites that have creative commons images. Remember attribution doesn’t include a URL beginning with http://images.google.com/ or some other search engine.
Attribution is the URL of the original image.
- Wikimedia commons – check how you can search for an image, sound, video
- Compfight – check out their FAQ
- Behold – another way to search from Flickr
1. Write a post about your Spring break or Easter holiday. Include at least one image that is creative commons. Include the attribution at the bottom of the post. Here is a post to show you how to insert an image.
2. Do you think you should have a creative commons license for your blog? Why or why not? Is your audience mainly students in your class and/or the blogging challenge or have you had readers that are teachers and/or visitors you don’t know?
3. Visit ten blogs from students in the challenge of different ages. How many of these blogs had images with attribution? How many blogs did not have images at all? Which blogs did you prefer to read and why? Leave your answer here as a comment or leave a comment on each of the blogs you visited.
- Why should we use images? How do images improve your blog? This is the first post
- How do you add images to your blog?
- Where do you get your images?
- How do you add the attribution?
Make the second post like a tutorial, so a student new to blogging could follow your instructions about using images in a post.
5. Create a visual post using no more than eight images – where the images tell a story. Remember to give attribution for the images you used. No writing in this post other than the title and attribution.
6. From Bill Ferreirae – I sometimes find a picture and tell students to use that picture to come up with a story. It can be about the picture, what happened before, what will happen next, etc. So, at the top of the student activities is the image I have chosen for you to start with. Copy the image to your post, then write the story. Remember to give attribution. If you don’t have your own blog, tell your story in a comment here.
7. From EileenG – Pick one, or more of your ethnic backgrounds and post about the culture. ANYTHING! Food, religions, sports, festivals, languages, etc. Include a picture of the place in the country/region posted about.
8. Be creative with regard to images – create a collage on a topic or colour etc, use glogster or animoto or prezi. Just remember you must link back to the original image and give attribution for any images used.
If using Edublogs, create a gallery of images to represent your class’s holiday or break. Here is a post on how to create a gallery in your blog. Remember to include the attribution of where you found the images. Perhaps you could also add the ‘Support CC’ button like I have below, on your blog sidebar.
Image by Sue Wyatt
The original comic of this YouTube video remix can be found here: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Sharing_Creative_Works
A Fair(y) use tale from YouTube