Mrs B @ UWC
 
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2500 Creative Commons Licenses by qthomasbower
It is probably no surprise to any students I teach, that I think Creative Commons licensing deserves a bigger audience. They are probably thoroughly sick of hearing me go on about it, frankly!

It started here, was featured again here, made another appearance here, and of course our blogging expectations also feature an expectation to use Creative Commons licensed images.

In case you have managed to escape my (repeated) rants about CC licensing, here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia which explains it:
 
"Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization... devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.[1] The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators."

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creative commons -Franz Patzig- by A. Diez Herrero
Basically, you can use CC licensed images for your own purposes, provided you meet the conditions of the licenses the original author of the work has selected.

I believe this is important and worth knowing because it signifies acting with integrity and honesty, and credits the original author of the work for the effort they have put in to creating something.

I also love the way that it enables students access to high quality images/audio/video to let them create things, beyond what they would ordinarily be capable of achieving. It teaches responsible digital citizenship, and helps them understand that when they create something, they might like to share it too, so that others have a chance to create something new.

Today's students are familiar with videos going viral. I hope that the use and licensing of CC content goes viral, so that we can all benefit from our collective creativity.


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