by Ken Whytock
A few posts and tweets recently have discussed how easy it is to get caught using copyright images and the consequences that can follow.
This term I have been working with a few classes developing skills about how to search for and then attribute images. We have looked at what Creative Commons is, some of the dedicated CC sites and how you can use the right search with Google to find CC images.
Two tools that I have been using for the past few years that are very good if you want to attribute or embed images are:
- ImageCodr works with Flickr images. I wrote about this tool back in 2010 and have used it many time to correctly attribute images I am using.
- Wylio. This tool provides users with a very easy way to quickly search through the huge number of free images from different sources and then allows you to generate a code so that you can insert those images directly into a blog post. I wrote a how-to post last year. I also encouraged our students to use it for some of their assignments. Since last year it you login with a Google account but other than that it still works in the much the same way, with steps easy to follow.
I put a Creative Commons page on my wiki as well as our library site, listing some of the places where you can go to find images, with a second page explaining what the CC symbols meant. HeyJude site also has a great list of sources here and the Creative Commons organisation has a good list here
It has been created by Creative Commons and is a great addition to this very informative site.
“Creative Commons licensing can be a good way to explicitly state the terms by which people can use and re-use your creative written, audio, and visual works. But selecting the license that is right for you can be confusing. “
I love how easily it steps you through the process. In less than a minute you can have the correct license for your work completed and ready to use. It also offers explanations along every step.
As Richard Byrne comments it is also a great way to explore what different features of the licenses mean, even if you are not going to use them for work. The tool allows you to choose different combinations and then check what this will allow others to do with something with that particular setting.
If I have something that might be useful for others I am always happy to share and a lot of students love the idea of sharing their work. Flickr made it simple to share your CC licensed images a long time ago (in owner settings) but things on other sites were a bit more of a problem. Now there is a tool we can use that will make it easier to understand and create the correct licenses to share with others.
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- 40 Open Education Resources You Should Know About | Edudemic Offers a list of resources that offer some “particularly great examples of using digital technology to get kids exploring the universe. They’re fun. They’re free. And they feature a diverse selection of topics and strategies, meaning almost every user will find something of interest.”
- Twitter Actually Increases Your Overall Grades… | Bit Rebels
- Census of Population and Housing The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released the 2011 Census data under a CC BY licence.They have also made available data analysis tools such as QuickStats which lets users view a quick summary about certain areas.
- Educators Guide to the use of Pinterest in Education Offers ideas and tutorial videos on how to get started in Pinterest and how to connect with some of the top education posters to pinterest
- Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries | The Unquiet Librarian “The Library as Incubator Project describes makerspaces as: Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… makerspaces are not necessarily born out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation.”
- macbethreview Interview with director Penny Woolcock on Filmmaking inc her account of making her version of Macbeth for the BBC
- BBC – Schools – Teachers – Off By Heart Shakespeare: Speech list This page offers links to see films of well-known people, past and present, performing Shakespearean speeches.
- Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking | MindShift
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- Creative Commons Australia This website is great source to use when teaching copyright. It offers some great fact sheets and a link to a search engine for images, videos and music that are allowed to be reworked and reused without the risk of copywrite laws.
- The Copyright Site “U.S. copyright law contains a provision that allows limited use of copyrighted works without the permission of the owner for certain teaching and research purposes. These questions are designed to help you determine whether you may qualify to use the material under the “Fair Use” doctrine. “
- Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright – ReadWriteThink “This lesson gives students the tools they need to consider the ethical issues surrounding use and ownership of copyrighted materials.”
- Over 25 Copyright and Plagiarism Resources for Students in K-12 | MyWeb4Ed Numerous videos that could help copyright and plagiarism to students. tag
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TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It allows you to upload an image from your computer and search the Internet for it.
You can also paste a image URL and find other places that the image exist on the Internet.
The interesting thing about this tool is that you don’t have to remember, or have, the same file name. It not only searches the Internet for exact copies of the image but also any derivations of the image in question even if the image has been resized, cropped and manipulated with Photoshop or any other such tool. The stated goal of TinEye is to find all of sites/pages that use some form of the original image. When I first looked at this tool back in 2008 it was in beta format and it had a much smaller numer of images to search from.
TinEye works by using Image Identification Technology, not keywords, metadata, and watermarks. The site currently has an amazing number of images indexed.
It is very easy to use. You upload you image or put in the URL and within a few moments the results come up.
A few ideas about how it might be used in schools include:
- Using it to check on students using images in a presentation but did not cite the source or as an aid to finding it again so they can cite the source.
- Alternatively students or teachers could use it to find better quality (higher resolution) images of their required object.
- It could also help with anyone (students) creating and publishing websites to ensure that they do not use copyrighted photos or images or images without permission.
- In Business Management: You could begin a search about a product or brand by starting with a photo and then finding sites that contain that image to get further information about it. Or making sure that an idea you have for a product has not been used before.
- In Language studies: Another use may be in studing a language such as Chinese where it is character based. Taking a photo of the character and loading it in to TinEye may help you fnd the translation more quickly than the traditional dictionary. All the students would need is a camera in their phone and nowadays what phone does not have this!
- History: Tracing information about some historical cartoons. I looked up a number of propaganda cartoons for the Russian and French revolutions and managed to trace quite a lot of information about them
There is now an official TinEye extension for Chrome that works on Windows and Linux.