Beth Holland

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Lessons Learned from a Creative Commons Search

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Recently, I’ve done a lot of image searching for the EdTechTeacher blog. While it seemed like a great idea to choose a WordPress theme with an image slide show, it also meant that I had to find some images. In particular, I’ve been looking for pictures to support articles written by Justin on EdTechResearcher.

Here’s where the challenge lies. What images best illustrate  open education resources, digital equity, and educational transformation? Since none of these concepts are tangible, I tried classroom, computer classroom, and then 21st Century Classroom. I’m not exactly sure what I expected to find, but it certainly wasn’t what I discovered.

I wish that I could even say the issue was the limited results due to the fact that I looked only for Creative Commons licensed images, but I tried searching all of Google as well. Since “a picture’s worth a thousand words”, I decided to create an Animoto video to show what I found. Plus, we’ve been teaching Animoto in our T21 courses at EdTechTeacher, so I thought I should give it a shot. Anyone else notice an issue? Do these spaces really seem to support 21st Century learning?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Special Thanks to We Are Augustines!

Another cool thing to know…. Animoto comes with a great selection of music licensed for the web, but none of it really fit with my video. Lately, I’ve become a huge fan of  We Are Augustines and thought it would be really cool to use the first part of Chapel Song. While I know that I could have just brought my version from iTunes into GarageBand and created the 35 second clip that I needed, that would have defeated the purpose of making sure that my video was correctly licensed. If one of my students had come to me with this idea, I would have told them to contact the band and ask for permission, so I did. I emailed both the band as well as manager, Arwen Hunt. Sure enough, I got permission. Thanks again, Arwen!

If you like Chapel Song, you can buy it, and the rest of Rise Ye Sunken Ships, on iTunes.

Author: brholland

EdD Student, Writer, Speaker, Consultant

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