Friday, April 22, 2011

Video: Using a Creative Commons License

Mrs. Yollis tried a little experiment with her students. She posted her students' artwork, but put another person's name on each picture!

How does it feel when someone takes your work and doesn't credit you?

That's MY picture! Why is someone else's name on MY artwork?
Happiness is credit for the work you created!


Copyright means all rights reserved. That means you MUST get permission to use.

Creative Commons license allows certain uses of someone's work. That means some rights are reserved. Permission has already been granted for certain uses, but attribution must be given! 
(Attribution is a fancy word for giving credit.)

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For those looking for interesting photos to enhance a blog post or digital project, check out:

Type in a key word and select the photo you'd like to use. Remember to credit the photographer in your caption. 
(See the sample below.)

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Other Creative Commons resources:

1.  Student Blogging and Internet Images 
by the fabulous Kathleen Morris of 2KM/2KJ

2.  Get Creative video

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What did you think of the experiment? 

Have you used a CC license before? 


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    What a terrific experiment to learn about the importance of Creative Commons licenses and giving credit where it is due.

    I could see that you were not happy when other students were given credit for your hard work!

    When you get the hang of finding Creative Commons images, it is easy.

    I am embarrassed to say that I used to not know about Creative Commons and I sometimes used to use Google Images in my blog posts without giving any credit! Oops! What a mistake!

    Happy Easter!

    Your pal,
    Mrs M☀rris

  2. Very clever idea!

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    What a fabulous experiment to learn about giving credit to the correct person.

    I think many are still learning this concept and don't realize that copyrights extend to anyone for any work or idea.

    Copyrights have been around for a long time? Did you know that Creative Commons has only been around for about 10 years? What does that mean for teachers who went to school before 2001?

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

  4. I love this post! I will be sending my junior highers here to see what you have to say about giving credit to the artist and using CC images. I can relate to what Mrs. Morris said. I used to not know about using Creative Commons, and now I do. I only take my own images or use subscription iClipart or CC images now. My students do too. I'm proud of them. They are learning, but it does take a lot of teaching and practice for them to not use Google for their images.

    I really liked that cool Flickr BlueMountains page. I hadn't seen it before. I'll be sure to teach my students how to use that too.

    Mrs. Krebs

  5. @ Mrs. Morris,

    The experiment was a real eye-opener for my students. When it is your own work being taken, it really clarifies the need for attribution.

    I, too, have been guilty of using images and music without giving credit. :-( It is a new world for all of us, and we're learning together! I certainly thank you for your leadership in this important area.

    Have a happy, happy Easter!

    @ Mrs. Watanabe,

    It certainly was a good lesson for my students. Many of them were quite upset! It made for a wonderful discussion about creativity, asking permission, and crediting others. Publishing on the Internet is becoming more prevalent in schools, so we really need to be teaching about Creative Commons.

    @ Mrs. Krebs,

    It was a very meaningful experience for my students. Having their own artwork taken...really drove the point home.

    Like you, we do a lot of our own photography for our blog, so don't run into this very often. However, understanding how to use Creative Commons is necessary for all types of publishing.

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think that the video was a very good idea because it teaches people not to take credit for someone else's work.


  7. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    This is a great way of explaining creative common license. (thank you)

    I feel that by putting up this video in such a way everyone will and understand the importance of this lesson.

    Will be making sure to follow this important lesson.

    Mrs Yollis and students you all did a great job.

    From your blogging pal,

  8. @ Mrs Yollis,
    hope you and your mum have a wonderful Easter.
    Do, hope easter bunny comes to you!

    From A♥A.

  9. Mrs Yollis
    I will be showing this link to our students when we return from our two week end of term holidays (we are only 1/4 of the way through the school year). I think the message is HUGELY important and I love the practical way in which your students have explained it. I am sure your students would appreciate the credit where-ever their works turns up.
    Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Great job explaining why it is so important to give credit when you use someone else's work or ideas! You made it easy to understand how it feels when someone uses your work without giving you credit.

    I have had this happen once or twice with ideas that I have used on our blog. Mostly it makes me feel good when someone else uses my idea because I'm glad they liked it. But I do feel that it is important to be polite and ask for permission or give credit to the person who you got the idea from.

    I have a confession to make: I am still learning about the importance of Creative Commons and how to use images correctly. I'm afraid that some of the videos and voicethreads on our blog haven't always given proper attribution... But it's never too late to learn, and I will refer back to this post whenever I want to include an image from the internet.

    Thanks for making this important rule so clear!

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    What a great experiment and excellent way to teach copyright! You really understand what happens when someone claims your work.

    I'd like to link to this post to teach my 6th grade bloggers about Creative Commons and copyright (if I have your permission).

    Great work.

    Your friend,
    Ms. Weiss
    A.E. Wright Middle School

  12. Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Here's another site for Creative Common images -

    I love, but sometimes use I'm not sure if you'll need to set up an account to use, but it's worth a visit.

    Your friend,
    Ms. Weiss
    A.E.Wright Middle School

  13. @ Amitai,

    Giving credit is important! I think all of you learned that lesson from the experience!

    @ AA,

    Yes, nothing like something hitting home to have an impact. They were quite upset that their name was missing from their work! A good lesson!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

    @ Mr. Webb,

    Thanks for your kind words about our little video. It is an important lesson in today's world with so much available. It is quite easy to just take...but as we learned, it sure doesn't feel good. Glad you can use our post to help others!

    @ Mr. Salsich,

    It was a valuable lesson. As I was placing each name tag...they started saying..."That's not mine." And I just casually said, " doesn't matter. It's not a big deal." You should have seen the faces in the room! A memorable day!

    I, too, am still learning about Creative Commons. However, with all the publishing we do is an important topic for discussion for both students...and adults.

    @ Mrs. Grabow-Weiss,

    Thanks for your terrific comment! Of course you can link to our post. Creative Commons is new for our students, and we need to get the word out. Thanks for the new resource for pictures!

    Kathleen Morris' link has some great tips for using images in Edublogs. Check it out!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  14. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Clever idea I really enjoy watching the video.

    I am guilty of using images when I should not be but I will now make a point of not doing this.

    Also Mrs Yollis I wish you and your mum a Happy Easter and Happy birthday Mrs Pf♥u.

    From your friend,

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    @ Bianca,

    I'm glad you enjoyed our video. I notice you always credit the person who took the photograph or the site you are referring to. You must have had an exceptional teacher! :-) That I know is true!

    Thanks for you thoughtful Easter and birthday wishes!

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I don't know where Mrs. Yollis gets her ideas from but I do have to say that I think she's brilliant! I know I wouldn't have liked it if I worked hard on something and someone else got credit for it!

    I'm really glad to see that you're learning about Creative Commons. It's definitely important because we always want to give credit to those that deserve it!

    I really enjoyed the video! All of you did an amazing job!

    Mr. Avery

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis Class,
    I thought what you did was a great way of teaching people about copy right. A lot of people don’t know about copy right, so it was great of you to put this on your blog for people who don’t know about copy right. Keep up the good work.
    Jessica, an Atkins All Star

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and all her students,

    You all have done it again and done it brilliantly!!!!

    These pictures told so much of the story and then the video...well, it got the point across!!!

    My students work hard to find licenses under the Creative Commons license, but so often I think they do it just to please me and they don't see the real reason behind it. I think I'm going to do a "sneaky trick" on them...just like Mrs. Yollis did to you. Then I'll post our pictures on the blog.

    You'll be able to see if they looked you guys in your pictures. I don't know if they could be as well spoken as your class, though.

    Thanks again for a fantastic post.

    Mrs. Ratzel
    and keep your eyes on our blog for our imitation of the great idea at

  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I also think that it is not nice to take someone else's credit for something you didn't do. Just like taking a picture off of Google and putting it on your blog. (not that you would.)

    Mike K.

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Wow, that was a great video to teach people how to use pictures from the internet! I learned a lot about using the internet in an appropriate way.

    Mr. Avery's class :)

  21. Dear Mrs Yollis'class,

    You have all obviously learned so much from this copyright lesson. You will now be great role models for other students at your school.

    Mme Sek

  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I've truly enjoyed reading and learning from you and your students on your class blog. I'm taking a computer course with other elementary and secondary teachers and we visited your Creative Commons Video as part of our homework. Your children are being taught to be morally and ethically responsible young citizens. Thank you for sharing such valuable information.
    Mrs. Henderson

  23. Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you so much for making this video and thinking of this great experiment! I know my kids are going to benefit from this too which will make the whole blogging experience better for everyone!

    Miss Goold


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