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Creative Commons Zero Copyright for Teachers and Students

Did you know that the latest Creative Commons license (Zero) is the least restrictive yet? It requires no attribution, and can be used in many different contexts. Rather than telling students to download whatever image they like under blanket "Fair Use" guidelines, teach them about the various Creative Commons licenses and steer them towards the sites in this collection for images they can use in presentations and projects. Be sure to study the actual license with them, too.
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Creative Commons Zero Copyright for Teachers and Students
  • Amelia Franz says:
    I love this blog post from teacher Krissy Venosdale. She makes the point that we, as teachers, must take the time to learn about and follow copyright law ourselves. We must obtain permission and correctly cite those lesson plans and images. Why? It's simple. The images don't belong to us, and we shouldn't pretend they do by not citing or getting permission. We must also teach (through modeling) our students to do the same.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Librarian, Ryan Ingersoll, on his blog Dripping Cup, argues that teachers should be modeling correct and ethical use of media/images in presentations and papers, rather than simply telling our students they can use anything they like under the "Fair Use" copyright category. After all, they will not be students forever, and their online activity isn't limited to teacher assignments. He also discusses the Creative Commons Zero license.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Another CC0 site with 293 images, all (according to the site) released under CC0.
  • Skitterphoto

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    Amelia Franz says:
    There are quite a few very nice images on this Creative Commons Zero site, as well. According to the site, they upload a new image every day.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Pixabay is another good site for Creative Commons Zero-licensed images.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Pexels is another fabulous site with free, professional-quality downloadable images with Creative Commons Zero licenses. It's also searchable, and along with Unsplash, one of my top two photo sources.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Unsplash photos are simply stunning, particularly the nature themes. The site is searchable by "collections," with headings like "repetition," "still life," "urban jungle," "workspace," and "black and white."
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This is a link to the license itself, so you can read the fine print.
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BloomBoard Asks:Have your students used any of these sites for downloading images, and if so, which site do they like best?