Saturday, December 13, 2008

Creative Commons Explanations and Teaching Materials

Earlier today I posted a link to free photo watermarking tool. Watermarking is great if you don't want people re-using your images, but if you want to allow some re-use of your work, consider registering it with a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licensing allows you to retain some of the rights typically associated with copyrights, yet allows others to use some of your work provided they properly credit you. Creative Commons is more than just a licensing option, it is also a resource for finding images, videos, audio, and text that you can use for educational purposes. The video below is a good introduction to Creative Commons.

Applications for Education
The Creative Commons directories are good places to find images, audio, and video that your students can use as a part of their digital creations.

If you're interested in finding ideas and resources for teaching students about fair use and Creative Commons, make sure you check The Clever Sheep's (Rodd Lucier) blog post 14 Tools to Teach About Creative Commons.

Free Digital Photo Watermarking Tool

I have recently become very interested in copyright and content protection. On the same day that I was busy trying to prevent the re-use of Free Technology for Teachers for commercial gain, ran an article about watermarking images. The article included the reference to a free watermarking tool at I tried it out on some of the pictures I took while hiking last weekend. The service is easy to use, customizable, and fast. The only drawback to it is that the maximum file size it accepts is 100k and it does not accept PNG files. You can see one of the images I watermarked below.

Applications for Education is a good resource for art and photography teachers to introduce to their students. If your students have work that they are particularly proud of and want to put on the Internet, they may want to make sure that they are
properly credited . Creating a small custom watermark, it doesn't have to be as large as the one I made, is a good way for students to make sure their work is protected.

A Great Blog for Digital Storytelling Ideas

I have been subscribed to Kevin's Meandering Mind, written by Kevin Hodgson, for a couple of months. One thing that really stands out about Kevin's blog is the great ideas for and examples of digital storytelling. Kevin is a key contributor to the National Writing Project's website about digital storytelling. On Kevin's blog you will find ideas for digital storytelling projects and examples of digital storytelling projects in action. Additionally, you can find links to Kevin's slide show and video presentations from workshops that he has facilitated. I have embedded one of those slide shows below. If you view the slide show, make sure you watch the videos embedded within it.