Creative Commons imageWhen you re-use content (such as images and video) that someone else has created you need to make sure you credit whoever created it and that you are allowed to use it.  You may need to say where it comes from.

This Thing covers creative commons and copyright for teachers.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) are globally recognised licences for original, creative content, where the creator gives public permission for others to use their photos or blogs or teaching resources etc.

The licences require you to attribute (credit the creator of the content). Licences may be NonCommercial ( you cannot use the content to make money), NoDerivatives (you cannot change it). 23teaching is CC licenced. We use CC images and the attributions are in the credits section for each post.

Find out about the different licences in Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand Licences explained.

Am I allowed to use it?

Copyright matters because content that someone else created may be protected by copyright.

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For this Thing your task is to find and share a Creative Commons image on your blog.

1. Find an image with a Creative Commons licence. Great places to use are: CC search or CC Flickr.

2. Add a copy of the image to a blog post.  For help to do this see Blogger or EduBlogger or WordPress.

3. Attribute the image. For help to do this see  Attributing Creative Commons Materials. You can use these licence images.

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Richard Wells has a great summary of Creative Commons Policy for Schools.

Netsafe have excellent resources about digital-citizenship and cybersafety and cyberbullying advice.

Digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner” (Netsafe).  Digital literacy is “students being critical and collaborative and creative in the work that they do, in reusing other people’s knowledge and ideas, in respectful ways and building on those to create new knowledge and to be creators of content and ideas that are applicable to them” e-learning facilitator Esther Casey in this Core Education video.

If you are interested in finding out more about the media literacy issues (with implications for primary school settings), see this blog about critical media literacy for teachers by Associate Professor Toni Bruce and her postgraduate students from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.


Parts of this Thing were adapted from 23 Things for Research Oxford / CC By-NC-SA 3.0

Pukeko CC video: CreativeCommons Aotearoa / CC BY 4.0

Header image: Creative Commons Qatar / Flickr / CC By 2.0
Icons: Everaldo Coelho and YellowIcon / GNU Lesser General Public License

This post is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

23 Teaching Things has been written by Lucie Lindsay, Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

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