There is a lot to learn in this challenge so it will be running for a two week (fortnight) period. The next challenge will be posted on 17 April while I am away on holidays.

Admin for this challenge

  1. Thanks to all those students, teachers and mentors who have been checking the student list for students mentioned more than once. If you haven’t checked yet, please make sure you are only listed once.
  2. Also we still have some mentors not able to leave comments especially on those blogs from blogger or blogspot. Make sure you have Name/URL as an option when leaving comments.
  3. Some students (who already have a mentor) have started being deleted from the lists as they have not been participating in the challenge activities.
  4. I have visited hundreds of blogs recently leaving many comments or flipping posts to our magazine. Have you found one of your posts in there yet?
  5. We now have a few more students who have been asked to be mentors. They will be leaving comments and giving hints just like the adult mentors.

Teachers: Here is a lot of information regarding images, creative commons and copyright which you can use with your students or to refresh yourself about what is acceptable or not on public blogs. Also one of our mentors in 2014, Maria, has put together some lists with great tools when using images and audio. The Edublogger also has a post on free image sources. Above the challenge blog header is a page containing a symbaloo with many tools to use on your blog – many relate to images.

Students and teachers please read this before doing the activities

This week’s activities are going to be fun but first there are some things you need to know so please read carefully.

I have been visiting many blogs over the last few weeks. Some students new to blogging have been writing some great posts while others who have been blogging for a bit longer have started adding videos and images to their posts.

Yes, this week we deal with using images, music and sounds in your posts.

But can’t I use any image, music or sound that is on the internet?

No, you must use creative commons or in some cases the fair use rule.

But where can I find these images, music and sounds? Can’t I use anything when I google an image?

No, your blog is public so you must use creative commons images, sounds, music and videos.

Sue Waters over at the teacher challenge has written a fantastic post about images, copyright and creative commons. I would suggest you all head over there to read the post. She explains about creative commons and the licences, attribution, how to find images for your blog and how to upload images to your blog. Most of this would be appropriate whether you are using Edublogs, blogger or any other blogging platform. This might be very wordy for some students, but Sue uses lots of images and how to do sections in her posts.


Have you read Sue Waters’ post yet?

Off you go then come back here for more information and the activities for this week.


Other places to find information

OK I want to use some legal creative commons images and music in my slideshow.Where can I go to get them?

Do you have compfight plugin for your blogging platform? Follow the instructions from Sue Waters’ post.

Maria, a mentor from 2014, created some lists of tools to use with images and audio.

Other places to get images and music:

You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts. Check Sue Waters’  post to get more help and more places for images. This post from Edublogs explains how to add media in all its forms to your blog posts or pages. If using blogger, check out the posts from this blog.


Make sure you check out the links under creative commons in the sidebar of the challenge blog.

Music and sound effects

JamendoCCMixter, post with 14 websites for music, post with 20+ websites for music, post with 55+ sites with sound effects

Now for the activities for this fortnight

Activity 1 Watch this video about sharing work and write a post about what you learned. Include words such as attribution, share alike, licences and derivatives to show you understand what the video was about. Do some more research on the topic and perhaps create your own class video about using images, music and videos in class.

This video is the reaction of students in Mrs Yollis’ class when she mislabelled their artwork. How would you have felt?

Activity 2. Check out this story using remix and fair use of video. What was interesting, positive or negative about it?  Could you and your friends create a 20 second video using remix and fair use? Mrs Miller’s class left some comments on her blog about creative commons

 Activity 3. Find an image or piece of music. Add it to your post (with attribution) and write a poem relating to the image or music. Invite your readers to write their own poems. Here is Fernando’s example, Samantha is confused

Activity 4. Similar to activity 3. Find an interesting landscape image (include attribution).  Write the beginning of a story relating to your image. Remember to include a conflict of some sort between your characters. Invite your readers to finish the story. How many different endings can you get? Which ending do you prefer? You might need to visit some other bloggers and invite them to finish your story. Remember to leave the URL of your post for them to click on.

Activity 5. Write a sentence using just images – no words. You still need to include attribution for each image you have used.

Activity 6. Find 5 images that create a story – again no words only the attribution for each image.

Activity 7. Create a slideshow, photo gallery or poster about your interests to add to your about me page or as a separate post. Your final slide should include attribution for each image.

Activity 8. Create your own images and add to a post of your choice. In your post add a link to the website or tool you used to create your image.

Other options for creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as
  2. Comic Generators like,  ToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunkyfd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle

Mixing up your images using these types of tools can really spice up your posts! Leave a comment on this post, if you or your class can recommend some other image sites to add to this list.

Activity 9.  Zoom out from an image

We first tried this activity in the challenge in September 2010. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments.  Check out the example from Huzzah who finished their story. If doing this activity, include the word ‘zoom’ in your title so I can find it easily. Remember to give attribution. Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.

Check out these zoom pictures: BeckyJacquelineAbbey

Activity 10.  Go back to previous posts

If you have used images in any previous posts you have written, then you are ethically obliged to give the correct attribution or take the image out of the post if it does not have the right creative commons license. Check out where Holly found her image, Samudra also wrote a great post,

Activity 11.  Create a jigsaw from your image. Mrs Schmidt’s class has done this using Jigsaw Planet . Here is her explanation

Last week (2014) my students made some jigsaw puzzles about famous places in our area.  First each student created one Power Point Slide showing a photo and some facts about a location in our area.  They saved the slide as a JPEG and then uploaded it to Jigsaw Planet.  Once the puzzle was created, they published a link to it on their Kidblog. Click on Niamh’s puzzle link.

Activity 12. Write a post about different websites to find creative commons images. Are there any widgets you can add to your blog to make this easier?

Still got time left this fortnight (two weeks):

1. Visit other student and class blogs – leave some quality comments

2. Reply to comments on your own blog

3. Start using tags and categories with each post you write to make it easier for people to find posts on certain topics. Make sure you have the tags and categories widgets in your sidebar.

4. Have at least five other student blogs linked on your sidebar – students from other classes and schools – not your own. We will need this for a game we play in a couple of weeks.

Try to have a few different headings like

  • My Blogging Friends
  • Other Class Blogs

Having lots of  links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.

Here are the instructions for adding links to your sidebars.

EdublogsBloggerKidblog – not sure if this widget goes on the class page or each student page

 Most important learning from this fortnight’s challenge is:

Use creative commons images, not just any image on the net. Always include attribution of where you found the image. Compfight plugin does this for you.

PS If you have done the blogging challenge before, you will find these activities are nearly the same each time. If you have ideas for different activities please leave a comment on this post.


I will only be adding posts to the flipboard magazine that:

  • are written in paragraphs
  • have been proofread
  • include an image, sound or video with attribution

So make sure you have taken note of this week’s learning about creative commons.

Miss W visiting your blogs

From this week onwards, I will only be visiting blogs where students or classes have left the URL to the post in a comment with an explanation. If your teacher is moderating your posts, you will need to wait until it has been published before giving me your URL. Check out the difference between a blog URL and a post URL.

Blog URL:

Post URL :

79 thoughts on “Week 5: Images and sounds

  1. Hi Ms. W!

    I just finished attaching a few other blog links from different classes around the world to mine. Hopefully people see other just a little easier now. I also just wrote a poem about a dart hitting a bullseye on a target (not sure how or why this came to mind), and a short-story using only five images. I’m enjoying the student blogging challenge so far!



  2. Hi Ms. W,
    This week I did many interesting things on my blog. I installed the compfire plug in and so I experimented with looking at different picture. I created a haiku about a picture of the moon I found (you can read it here and I also created a story using only pictures (you can read it here I

    I had a lot of fun creating these two posts. Thanks for running the student blogging project. Please visit my blog.

  3. Hi Ms. W,
    I have just finished this week’s blogging challenge by writing my poem, writing a sentence just using images, and have at least five other student blogs linked on your sidebar! Here are the links:
    So far blogging I have enjoyed creating my blog and I hope to get lots of comments

  4. Howdy Ms. W,

    I finished writing poems based on an image and making picture sentences. I had so much fun looking at which picture to use and hope there are other fun activities like this in the future. The picture sentences were awesome too because it was interesting to see what images were closest to the one you had in mind. Here are my two posts for the challenge:

    I have also been taking a photo of something each day, but I haven’t published the entire page yet — it is under construction. Thanks,


  5. Hi Ms. W,
    I have just finished this week’s blogging challenge by making a jigsaw puzzle and writing a story out of five images. Here is the link to my blog: So far blogging I’ve really enjoyed seeing the comments kids from other schools and from other places around the world have left on my blog. I also really liked creating my own image this week!

    1. Hi Rosie,
      Remember you only need to do one activity each week. So you have lots of choice for this week or maybe do some of them later in the year when the challenge is not on.

      1. thank you i wasn’t to sure if i was going to stay on the list but I think i will do some catch ups when challenge is not running.

  6. Hello Miss W,

    I really enjoyed this challenge (#5), I thought it was really fun. It taught me a few things about Images and Sounds. Now I know that it is better to use computers to make more copies instead of a lot of paper. You also have an unlimited amount of space. Please take a look at my blog:

    Sincerely, Kevyn N.

  7. Hi Miss W,
    I am really having a lot of fun completing all these activities but unfortunately I will not be able to complete the challenges set on April 17th or April 24th because that is our holiday time and my family has planned to go overseas during this period of time which means I will not have access to any computers for 2 weeks. Sorry about this but I will try and catch up on as much as possible when I get back home and hope to still be able to participate in the all the different challenges/activities when I come back.

  8. Hi Miss W,
    I have completed activity 3, 5, 7, 11 they were so much fun, I have been using the Flickr website to collect all my creative commons pictures it is really helpful. To see all my activities go to or
    Activity 3:
    Activity 5:
    Activity 7:
    Activity 11:

  9. hi mrs w, I don’t really understand what attribution and share alike mean do you think you could help me out.


    1. I like how you told which path and people will succeded

      you should check out my blog post

      sincerely Kanan

  10. Hi Miss W
    I was wondering if I could combine activity 5 & 6 together because it would be easier and save more time. Also do have to do all of the activities or just the ones we want to do.
    Thanks Maya
    Come and have a look at my blog at:

    1. G’day Maya,
      You never have to do all the activities, just choose the ones you are interested in and do them to the best of your ability.

  11. Hello Miss W! Here is my poem with an image.
    I have been checking the students that I am mentorings’ blogs, I have noticed Davion, my comment from last week is still waiting to be moderated, and he has not posted week 2,3 or 4. I have posted another comment asking about it on his blog, and to to give him time, since I think he has been on Spring break.
    The kids from Mrs Schmidt’s class have not posted week 4, but that should be alright I think because I think they do it as a class.

    Thank you,

  12. Hi. I have finished activity 10. I went back and gave credit to whom credit belonged. From now on I will try to do it correctly the first time. I plan do more of the activities.

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