Welcome to Week 2!
By now you should have:
- read and completed all readings in “Week 2″ in Course 3 under “My Courses”
- written 1 blog post and 1 comment
- started using the “Course 3″ tab of your grading spreadsheet to record the work you’re doing
- recording the URL of the post you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet in the Course 3 tab
- recording the URL of the comment you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet in the Course 3 tab
- had a read through of the final project for Course 3 – it’s a little different than Course 1 or 2 – with even more opportunities for exploring and experimenting with different types of media
The Power of Images
After exploring about visual literacy last week, you might be thinking about how to bring more images and media into your classroom. This fun TED talk gives an interesting insight into how we can influence the perception of a product through the presentation. As you’re watching, think about how we might be able to use some of these “lessons” to positively influence our students perceptions of our subjects or content area:
If you find yourself inspired to start using more visuals in your setting, here are a few tools you can use to explore Creative Commons media (for a refresher about Creative Commons check out Course 2 Week 3):
- Compfight – my personal favourite (but don’t forget to put the Creative Commons search on!)
- Search Creative Commons – my second favourite (and you can see a tutorial on how Kim uses it in the Week 2 readings)
- Pixabay – becoming a new favourite of mine (it’s free to sign up, but you don’t have to, and don’t forget to search creative commons)
- Color Lab – this is great if you’re going for a color theme or a “mood”, particularly with a series of images
- Google Advanced Image Search – perfect for those who prefer Google
- 500px – not as much of a search engine, but a great way to be inspired by images – you might be surprised by what kinds of connections you can make with these beautiful images
- Google Art Project – an amazing resource, particularly for those teaching Visual Art or Humanities
- Find photos & links & cite automatically with the Research feature on Google Docs (video)
- Chrome extension: Flickr CC Attribution Helper – also part of the tutorial in Week 2, the easy way to properly attribute Creative Commons images (FYI: the newest version of Flickr has “broken” the original version of this helper, but Alan has a newer one here – give it a try, but it’s certainly not required)
Creative Commons was updated to version 4.0. in November 2013. It’s previous version hadn’t been updated since 2002. Here’s an overview of the changes from The Atlantic, that occurred in 2013 and a more detailed description on the Creative Commons site.
Copyright, Ownership, and Creative Commons – A Reminder
Back in Course 2, we read and talked a lot about Creative Commons. First, it is awesome to see so many in this cohort already using (and attributing) Creative Commons (CC) licensed images in their blog posts. It’s important to note that it is our expectation that all multimedia you are using in your posts and projects is either Creative Commons (CC), your own, or you have specific permission from the owner to use it.
To refresh our memories, CC is an alternative license that creators can use when publishing their work. This license gives up some of the rights usually associated with copyright – namely the need to ask for prior permission before using the work – so long as certain conditions are met. These conditions are usually some combination of the following:
- Attribution (BY) – All CC licenses include attribution. Put simply, if you want to use the work, you must credit the creator and, if possible, link back to the original.
- Non Commercial (NC) – Some CC licensed work allow you to use it without seeking prior permission only if it is for a non-commercial purpose. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you need to get permission.
- No Derivatives (ND) – Some CC licensed work allow you to use it so long as you agree to not alter the work in any way. For images, this includes cropping the image and/or adding text over the top of the image.
- Share Alike (SA) – Some CC licensed work allow you to remix and build upon the work so long as you promise to publish the work under the same conditions. I like to think of this as the ‘pay it forward’ nature of Creative Commons. A CC licensed work can be No Derivatives, or Share Alike, or neither, but not both.