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This week’s topic is an important and useful one to know about. We’re going to have fun using photos while learning how use images easily, legally, and safely.

  • Some people find this topic confusing but don’t worry. I’ll break it down for you in this week’s post!
  • This post is long as there’s lots for you to learn. Remember to use the menu on the right hand side if you’re on a computer.

Next week we will be having a catch up/free choice week so you can catch your breath!

Week three of the Student Blogging Challenge is all about images and Creative Commons. We'll learn how to use images easily, legally, and safely.

Week Two Recap

Trophy image -- great workThere were so many great posts submitted by classes and students.

You can find the participants’ week two posts by click on the purple link on the sidebar.

Many students have also submitted a week one task late. Check these out by clicking on the green link on the sidebar.

Let’s take a look at just some of the fantastic work we spotted for week two:

  • Mrs. D from Arizona had her 6th graders vote on their commenting guidelines which they then put into a fabulous poster. Check it out here. 
  • Noe is an experienced student blogger who shared his views on how to leave the perfect blog comment.
  • Jerry from Taiwan shared some tips about quality commenting. Using bold words to make certain things stand out was a good idea!
  • Miaomiao from Australia included a cute comic where a dolphin and turtle learn about quality commenting. Her classmate Lauren made her own respectful commenting graphic which she put on a page. If you’d like to leave Lauren a comment, you can do so on this post. 
  • Manav from Mr. Balak’s class in the US got creative with Scratch and made a game. You can find the link to the game here. 
  • Mrs. Yollis made a wonderful infographic using Canva and Bitmoji to share her expectation for quality comments. Also, check the creative work of her students “Dr. Hagle” and “Sarah Gold” who used Puppet Pals to explain quality commenting using a Fairy BLOGmother!

If you ever come across any outstanding work in your class or another class I’d love to know about it so I can share it with others. Email me, leave a comment on a STUBC post, or tweet me!

Flipboard

Click here to view the new 2019 Student Blogging Challenge Flipboard for more notable posts.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

Flipboard is a digital magazine that brings together stories and articles from the web.

You can use Flipboard on your computer, or via the app on your phone or tablet.

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Reminders

A few days ago our commenting team leader, Sue Wyatt, published a post with suggestions for adding a visitor tracking widget to your site. Read that post here.

Here are a few more challenge reminders:

  • Are you on our mailing list? Sign up here and make sure you add support@edublogs.org to your email contacts so it doesn’t end up in junk/spam. I send an email every Sunday.
  • Please keep approving comments quickly. Some students don’t realise they have comments waiting to be approved in their dashboard. Remember, it’s good etiquette to reply to comments.
  • You don’t need to request access to view/edit the spreadsheets with participants’ posts that are linked on the sidebar. They are ‘view only’ and open to everyone. Please let students know.
  • Edublogs/CampusPress users with student blogs — If all the students in your class have blogs and your teacher uses ‘My Class’, you should have a widget called ‘Class blogs’. Make sure this is on your sidebar. This video shows you how.
  • Some people have put a link to a Google Doc/Form/Slide presentation in their post BUT it can’t be viewed without logging in. This resource shows you how to make your Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms public.
  • Haven’t caught up on week one and two? Don’t worry! You can complete your tasks late, or skip some tasks. Please submit your task in the correct form (e.g. if you complete a task from week one, go back to the week one post and add it to the form). The forms are closed 3 weeks after each post is published.

Let’s Learn About Images

A blog without images would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

Images can really jazz up our posts, pages, headers, and widgets. Students and teachers also need images when they’re making a presentation, video, or other digital creations.

But where do we get those images?

Can’t we just use Google Images?

Do you know how to find pictures using Google? It’s so easy. You just type in the word you want, find the image you like, and save it to your computer.

But stop right there!

Should we be doing this? Should we be getting any image we like from Google and using it in our own work?

The answer is no.

As Ronnie Burt’s cat has told our community before…

Just because you find it on Google doesn't make it free
Photo by Ronnie Burt used with permission

Most images on Google are protected by copyright. This means, they are not free to use and you can get into trouble if you do use them without permission.

You can use Google Images advanced search filter to find images that you are allowed to use but this isn’t as simple as it seems. You need to know what the usage rights mean and how to attribute correctly.

We have some easier options to share with you this week.

Including the source is not enough…

A situation we commonly see on blogs is where someone uses an image they found online and then include a link to the site they got it from.

For example,

Image from Kathleen Morris www.kathleenamorris.com

Just because you link to the source of an image, does not mean you can use it. You would need to ask the image creator for permission.

Unless stated otherwise, everything on the web is protected by copyright.

Let’s take a look at some options for finding images…

Where Can You Find Images?

I have a post on my own blog that goes through the 5 main ways to find images for blog posts or other digital work.

Here is a summary. Feel free to use this poster on your blog or in your classroom if it’s helpful.

5 options for finding images Kathleen Morris

Let’s take a closer look at each option:

1) Making your own images is an excellent option

This can be done either by drawing, taking your own photos, using computer software, or using online tools.

Just be mindful of two things:

  • This can take a long time and leave you with less time for your writing or other work.
  • Many online tools have age restrictions (often over 13).

2) Many businesses purchase stock photography

We often do this for our posts on The Edublogger.

We pay a hairdresser when we get a haircut, pay a baker for a loaf of bread, so why not pay a photographer for their work?

This is good to know about as an option but isn’t something schools or students would usually do.

3) Using Google Images is not usually a good idea

We talked about this above.

Most images that you find on Google are protected by copyright. Find out more about copyright by watching this short video.

4) Creative Commons is worth knowing about!

Everyone’s work is protected by copyright unless stated otherwise.

Many people are happy for others to use their work (as long as they give them credit etc.). They give their work a Creative Commons license to tell everyone what they can or cannot do with their image (or text, videos, music etc).

  • Copyright means the person who took the photo (or created the work) does not allow anyone to use it.
  • Creative Commons means the person who took the photo (or created the work) does allow people to use it IF they follow certain rules.
    • Usually, these rules mean saying who created the image/work and where it’s from.
    • Sometimes the rules state that you can use the image/work only if you don’t change it or don’t use it as part of something you’re selling.
    • These rules are called licenses.
    • There are a number of Creative Commons licenses creators can choose from.
    • No matter what license is used, you must always attribute the creator of the image/work (unless it’s a Creative Commons Zero license — see point 5). Attributing means crediting the author. In a blog post, this usually means putting the attribution under an image as I’ve done below.

Cute koala image
By Erik Veland [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Here’s a short video by Nancy Minicozzi that explains Creative Commons.

A plugin to make attribution easy

The trickiest part of using Creative Commons images is often the attribution (crediting the creator: saying who the creator is, where it’s from, what the license is etc).

If you’re using Edublogs or CampusPress, there’s a plugin you can use to find and insert Creative Commons images without worrying about attribution. It’s called Pixabay.

Important notes about the plugins:

  • While the Pixabay plugin provides safe filtered options, nothing is foolproof. Younger students should be supervised or use Photos For Class for the safest option.
  • If you’re familiar with the old Compfight plugin, this is no longer available as it doesn’t work properly with the latest versions of WordPress.

5) Creative Commons Zero or royalty free images are the easiest choices

If your mind is spinning with all that talk of Creative Commons licenses and attribution, don’t worry!

Creative Commons Zero (CC0) or royalty free images are easy to use.

These are the least restrictive licenses so anyone can use the images freely and attribution is optional.

There are an increasing number of sites where you can find CC0 or royalty free images but remember:

  • Many sites contain inappropriate content if you search for it
  • Many sites have age restrictions

I made this comparison chart to show you some of the best options to find images that you can use freely without attributing.

You can read a detailed description of each one in my blog post if you’re interested.

Comparison chart of free images teachers students Pixabay Unsplash Pexels Photos For Class Openclipart Pics4Learning

In the activity section below, you’ll also find some task cards to help you easily source images.

Help With Images

Adding an image to a post or page on your blog is quite straightforward.

If you haven’t figured out how to do this yet, check out these help guides:

Week Three Tasks

This week there are five tasks to choose from to help you learn more about using images. The third task links with doing either task four or five.

Here is a summary. I will explain each task in more detail below with some examples and ideas for how classes can approach each task.

STUBC week 3 tasks summary

Task 1: Educate Others

Many teachers and students around the world know very little about using images legally, Creative Commons, attributing Creative Commons images etc. You can help them learn while learning more about this topic yourself.

Do some more research into any of the topics discussed this week and make a blog post, poster, video, slideshow etc.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps students could work in small groups to create a poster or video to share in a post (or a series of posts). Or, all the students could make a slide for a slideshow. 

Example:

This video is the reaction of students in Mrs. Yollis’ class when she mislabelled their artwork. It helps people learn about the importance of correct attribution.

Coincidentally, one of Mrs. Yollis’ students “Jodie Bloom” wrote a blog post about this activity yesterday.

More examples:

  • Georgia summarized the places you can find images and included a slideshow.
  • Chris explains why you can’t take images off Google.
  • Izzy wrote a fabulous post about not using copyright materials.

Task 2: Make An Image

Creating your own images for your blog posts is a great idea! You don’t have to worry about copyright and Creative Commons.

You can:

Remember, some online tools have age restrictions.

Leave a comment on this post if you know any other good tools for making your own images.

Add your image(s) to a blog post and tell us a bit about the images and how you made them. If you used an online tool, include the link so others can try it.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, all the students could make their own image and the teacher could compile them into a Google Slide presentation or simply add them to a blog post (or series of posts). 

Example:

  • Alicia used MakeBelifsComix to share a message about the environment.
  • Jena made a word cloud.
  • Wesley shared an original photo he took for a photography class.
  • Sue Waters from Edublogs took this funny photo of something odd she spotted at the supermarket. What can you find in your surroundings that makes you feel surprised, happy, amused, frustrated etc?

Photo of watermelon with a label that says chicken

Task 3: Image Task Cards

This connects with task 4 and 5. 

In the blog post I wrote about images for teachers and students, I prepared two task cards.

Depending on your age, use one of these task cards to find an image or a series of images to add to your post.

You could add a slideshow with some of your favourite images you found and write about why you like them. Or, you could use your images to complete task 4 or 5 below.

Tip: If you’re using Edublogs Pro or CampusPress, you can use the slider feature in the Live Shortcodes plugin to quickly add a slideshow to a post, page, or sidebar. Instructions are here. (Another option is the Metaslider Plugin) Find the instructions here.

Examples:

  • My son's favourite animal is a tiger.

  • My daughter's favourite animal is a peacock.

  • We love going to the beach.
  • I'm currently teaching music to prep (kindergarten) students!
  • We enjoy going on bike rides.
  • Tomatoes are one of my favourite foods.

Task card for under 13s

Task card for over 13s

You’re welcome to print these task cards, or add them to your blog. To do this, you’ll need to click on the download button under the task card. Find out how to add a PDF file to your blog using Edublogs or CampusPress here.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps all students could use the task card to find an image. They could create a story, poem, or description for the image and these could be placed in a blog post (or series of blog posts). Or, the teacher could add some images to a post and ask the students to write an imaginative response in a comment. 

Task 4: Write A Poem

Find an image using one of the task cards above. Or you can try the Pixabay plugin if you’re an Edublogs/CampusPress user.

Now write a poem about your image.

Need some inspiration or advice? Check out Ken Nesbitt’s site which has lots of poetry resources.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, you could write a poem as a class, or have students write their own poetry and publish them as a series of posts. Alternatively, the teacher could publish a photo and have the students write a poem in a comment. 

Examples:

Task 5: Picture Prompts

First, find an image or series of images using one of the task cards above. Or you can try the Pixabay plugin if you’re an Edublogs/CampusPress user.

Next, you have two choices:

1) Add an image and write the start of a story. Ask your readers to complete the story.

Examples:

2) Or, make a sentence guessing game. Come up with a sentence and find a series of images to illustrate your sentence. Ask your readers to tell you what the sentence is in a comment.

Examples:

  • Emily asks you to guess her sentence.
  • Keylee asks you to guess her favourite food.
  • Lily included a great introduction for her post.

Tip: You might need to visit some other bloggers and invite them to look at your post and complete your story or guess your word. Remember to leave the URL of your post for them to click on.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, you could publish a series of posts with the students’ picture prompts. Perhaps students could work in small groups. Or the teacher could publish the picture prompts and invite the students to respond in a comment. 

Final Tips

Beware of advertisements

Remember, some of the free image sites have advertisements for paid image sites. We don’t want to click on those ads.

For example, on Pixabay, I typed ‘dolphin’ into the search box. The top row of results has a Shutterstock watermark on it. Clicking on this takes me to the Shutterstock website which is a site where you can pay for images.

Pixabay ad example

Note: You won’t see advertisements when using the Pixabay plugin.

Do you need to go back and fix images in old posts?

Have you been using images from Google on your blog so far? Whoops. You might want to go back and fix these up when you have time. Remove the image or replace with a Creative Commons image.

Have you tried using categories, tags, or labels yet?

Categories, tags, or labels are all ways to organise your posts. It’s a good idea to set up a category (or label in Blogger) called Student Blogging Challenge or STUBC. You can assign this category to all the posts you write for the challenge.

Submit Your Post URL ⬇

If you want a commenter and other participants to visit your blog, remember to fill in the form below for your week 3 post.

Do you have a post on your class blog and student blogs? Awesome! Feel free to submit the class blog post and student blog posts.

You need to submit the URL of your post. You can submit the URL of a page if this is what you’re working on but make sure comments are enabled. 

This video shows you how to find your URL…

Note, this isn’t a real class blog. Just one I used for testing 😉

Remember:

  • Click on the title of your post/page and then copy the URL from your address bar.
  • This graphic below should help you understand what a post URL looks like if you’re using Edublogs/CampusPress/WordPress

Examples of post URLS for STUBCThe Google Form

Edit: Enter your details in the form below or click here to open it in a new tab.

Teachers, feel free to put the form URL on your class blog if it’s easier for your students to access.

https://goo.gl/forms/XJqLKRv5ZV7ISfOW2


Next week’s topic: Free choice/catch up!

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  1. This is my favorite blog challenge so far!
    this is the link to my post⬇
    http ://jemimahw619.edublogs.org/2019/03/27/fun-with-photos/
    from Jemimah

  2. This weeks challenge was maybe the most fun one yet! I am so glad that we got to do fun with photos, and I made a really good blog post about it!

    • Hi Josiah,
      I loved your post and left a comment. Keep up your fabulous blogging!
      Kathleen Morris

      • Kathleen Morris
  3. These challenges are such a great way to introduce our fourth graders to blogging. I particularly love the embedded digital citizenship concepts and all of the great tool suggestions. Due to this week’s topic, I would like permission to continually remix your challenge posts into instructional materials to use with our students (borrow an image here, text there, etc.) as long as I attribute your work within my digital presentations. May I also post the parts and pieces and remixes to our class blog?

    • Carla Coverdell
    • Hi Carla,

      Please do! You’re welcome to remix, adapt, and re-post as you see fit. We appreciate the attribution and link back.

      So glad to hear you’re enjoying STUBC so far. The first 3 weeks are the most intense as there is a lot to learn, especially for those bloggers starting from scratch!

      Please let me know if I can help more.

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
  4. i can`t wait for the next blog challenge

    • So glad to hear that, Alyssa!

      • Kathleen Morris
  5. Hi Kathleen,
    Just giving you a heads up that I have edited my post and will send in the good copy soon.
    From Liv

  6. This weeks challenge was so fun
    Thanks Olivia😁

    • So glad you enjoyed it, Olivia! Thank you for letting us know!

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
  7. It’s perfecto exacto! 😀

  8. Wow,

    I’ve got a great idea planned for this week already. I love how all of the posts look professional!

    Lauren,