Discover Images and Avoid Copyright Violations

When our 21st Century learners look for images, the first inclination is to go to Google Images. Unfortunately that is where most people stop once they have identified a useful image at Google. Much of the time students do not proceed to the original source or find more than a web address (often the wrong one) for attribution. We can show them better ways — dozens of better ways, actually.

Below are links to all sorts of sites that feature images that students and teachers can use as a part of instructional activities or project presentations. Some of these sites require specific types of attribution (giving credit to the site, artist, photographer, etc.), and usually the instructions are clear, so users should pay attention to the attribution requirements. Many of the image collections below link to or at least list other image sites. Note that on government sites (.gov) most of the images are in the public domain. Teachers will also want to read Learning About Creative Commons (and perhaps share with students) — a PDF that describes the alternative to traditional copyright procedures.

Learn More About Using Digital Images

Find more information about the millions of images at the United States Library of Congress (LOC).  The EdTech Teacher website features an excellent post, Finding Public Domain Images for Multimedia Projects. Fair Use allows copyrighted material to be used for teaching, research, or scholarship. Read more about fair use at the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office or read/download A Quick Guide to Fair Use and School Projects on the Power to Learn/Cablevision site. Some of the sites below include stock photos.

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Check Out This Year’s Beloit College Mindset List


Check out the Mindset book.

Want to learn a bit about the students who are entering college right now and infer a bit about digital kids at other ages? Check out this year’s Beloit College Mindset list for the class of 2017.

Started in 1998 by two faculty members at Beloit, the list was originally created as a way for faculty and staff at the college to learn more about how easy it is for adults talk about things that they take for granted but that their students don’t know.  The website includes past years’ lists.

As teachers we gain far more credibility with digital-age children when we understand that many of the things we refer to are not a part of their 21st Century mindset, and when we make an effort to understand the context of their young lives.

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Everything (Almost) You Want to Know About Multimedia Tools


For educators and their students, part of teaching and learning in today’s world is knowing how to present information.

To discover a comprehensive list of media creation and editing tools, look no further and check out Software Tools I Like for Multimedia Production by Barbara Schroeder, Ed,D., an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University.

It’s an amazing blog post with links to all sorts of multimedia tools that can help educators and their students create good-looking presentations. I discovered a new tool — Screenr a web-based screen casting site that I intend to explore. Most importantly most of Schroeder’s recommendations are easy to master, thereby enabling our 21st Century learners to concentrate on the topics and the content they are studying rather than on the “how-to’s” of presenting.

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Why Word Order Matters When You Search

The word order of a search matters in today’s connected world, so 21st Century learners of all ages should understand how search results change when a user rearranges the words. A short video on word order, uploaded by Google’s Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell — check out his Search-Research blog — teaches this lesson effectively.

Use this less-than-two-minute video, recently featured in a blog post at Free Technology for Teachers, as a quick and succinct teaching tool with students, parents, and other educators.

Outline of Available iPad Learning Activities


Check out the Edudemic Post.

This image from Edudemic — Full Spectrum of iPad Learning Activities  illustrates how the capabilities of the iPad interact with high quality apps and enable students and educators to develop and engage with in-depth learning activities.

This graphic is the clearest image that I’ve ever seen — highlighting the adroitness of  iPad capabilities and depicting range of opportunities offered to resourceful teachers and learners. It’s a connected learning gem.

Read the full post or check out other great learning information at the Edudemic blog. Don’t be put off by the many lists and the lack – sometimes – of expository writing. The Edudemic blog posts contain a huge amount of valuable information, curated especially for digital learners.

NOTE: If you peruse past posts here on GDSTechTips, you’ll discover several other links to Edudemic, usually on topics that relate to an issue or topic that is under discussion here at school.  One to check out is a GDSTechTips post linking to an Edudemic piece that described some of the ways iPad capabilities can be wasted in schools.

More on Using iPads and Whiteboards

Check out this post at, How to Use Your iPad as a Whiteboard over at Edudemic. A bunch of new apps make the process easier and easier.

iPad Skills We All Need to Know (Kids and Teachers)

Check out 15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student Should Have posted over at the Educational and Mobile Learning Blog. Below I’ve listed five that I want to be sure my students master, but there are 10 more skills over at the blog site.

  1. Create a presentation.
  2. Create an e-book.
  3. Record audio clips.
  4. Take notes from an iPad and print or e-mail them.
  5. Make a podcast with VoiceThread.

Accompanying each of the skills are recommended apps that can help students (and teachers) learn how to do the various tasks.