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Copyright Metro

A couple of months back, I wrote one of the most popular posts ever received on Edtechideas.com. It was called Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About, and it will be cross-posted in ISTE’s August 2012 Leading and Learning Magazine. Just today, I stumbled across a fantastically cool website from Baruch College called Copyright Metro. Copyright Metro takes you through an interactive “subway” to figure out if the media you are using is copyright protected.

Although designed for faculty of Baruch College, I think the site would be beneficial to students as well. There is a lot of great information and resources about copyright laws and fair use policies, and the interactivity of the site makes learning fun.


Three Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About

Grabbing images from Google is one of the easiest things there is to do. You simply search, copy, paste. A no-brainer. However, when using someone else’s photos, how do you know if you have permission? Students need to be taught about copyright and how to find royalty-free images that are ok to use in projects. Below are four great sites that I use with my students.


Pics4Learningas the site says, “Is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.” It’s easy to use and all of the copyright information is available in a simplistic bibliography underneath any chosen photo.


flickrCC is a good place to start for Creative Commons images. The panel on the left of the original displays the first 36 photos matching your search term. Click on any of these thumbnails to get a slightly larger image and the attribution details displayed in the right hand section. Right-click the image and ‘save image as’ if you want to use this size, or click on the link in the attribution text to go to flickr and chose a different sized image. Don’t forget to include the attribution text in any work you produce using the picture.

Flickr Storm

Flickr Storm is similar to flickrCC. You simply run a search, click on a thumbnail and the photo appears on the right. Make sure to have your students click on the advanced search feature which allows them to limit their searches to Non-Commercial and Share Alike photos. One nice feature about Flickr Storm is the “Add to Tray.” You can add several photos to your tray and then when you open your tray, all the photos are there in large sized format along with the attributions.

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