I’m taking Photography for Educators at Teachers College this term. I try to take a class every semester, and I lucked out with this one; Sean Justice is teaching the class and Tabitha Johnson (@tabletj) is taking it with me. Win-win.
Tonight, I’m giving a short presentation about copyright, fair use, licensing, advanced image search, and citations. I think License to Cull might be one of my best puns ever.
Nicole Haleen teaches Spanish to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at The School at Columbia University. She might be one of the most organized people I work with. For the 5th grade study of Day of the Dead, 5th graders made drawings, dioramas, paintings, and scultptures of calacas (skeletons) before creating a digital altar to represent a family member. They built their altar in Inspiration, as it allowed them to quickly create tiers in order to populate with images and text.
Nicole asked me to come in and remind the students how to properly search and cite online images. This is what we discussed:
- They signed a Respectful Use Policy at the beginning of the year reinforcing that they’d be using technology academically, respectfully, and responsibly.
- Try to choose “advanced image search” in Google and Flickr and other sites so that you locate only images labeled for reuse.
- Use Wikimedia to search media. Wikimedia is a sister project of Wikipedia. I showed the 5th graders Wikimedia’s Reuse guide where they specifically state, “almost all may be freely reused without individual permission according to the terms of the particular license under which it was contributed to the project, but some licenses may require that the original creator be attributed.”
- It is incredibly easy from any browser (Firefox, Chrome, less so in Safari) to copy the image and paste it into Inspiration. Control-click on the image and choose Copy image.
- It is just as easy from any browser to copy the URL simply by holding down the Control key while clicking on the image with the mouse. Different browsers say different things: Copy image URL, Copy image address, Copy image location…
- We talked about how if you don’t cite/attribute a photo, it means you took it yourself, you forgot to cite it, or you stole it.
- I reinforced that 5th grade is a great age to get into the habit of being responsible, respectful, ethical, moral, and purposeful with information. The expectation is they will continue to do this throughout 5th grade and beyond.
Nicole lists the following sites for locating images:
Try it here and now: http://google.com/imghp
So Don Buckley (my boss and mentor) is helping me craft my presentation for Friday’s PNAIS Fall Educators Conference. I’m doing a breakout session on Collaborating with New Media and New Literacies. Don sent me a slideshow he put together to illustrate Henry Jenkins’ list of new media literacies for our participatory culture. As none of the images Don used were cited yet, I dreaded the arduous process of locating these images anew in order to cite them properly. I was totally blown away when I noticed a new camera icon in the Google search toolbar which allows you to search by image and not by text! Holy cow! Now there is absolutely no excuse one can possibly offer for improperly (or simply avoiding) citing online images.