A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog - Part 1. A blog can get boring after a while if paragraphs of text is all that ever gets posted to it.
More importantly, your students will get bored posting to a blog if all they’re ever asked to do is write on it. To draw more attention to blog posts, to make them more interesting, to get students excited about posting to a blog, and to spark students into discussion use interesting pictures, videos, and audio files. Before looking at sources of media to use in your blog posts it’s important to having some understanding of copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use. (Disclaimer: this is not to be construed as legal advice and is based on my understanding from a U.S. -based perspective). Using Your Own Media - Building a gallery of media The best way to ensure that you don’t infringe on someone’s copyright rights is to use your own media in your blog posts. Aviary's mobile image editor is a free app for iOS and Android devices. Click here for part two. A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog - Part 2. In part one of this series I shared some ideas for creating a gallery of media to use in your classroom blog posts.
If you don't have the time or opportunity to create your own media for blog posts then you should look for media that is in the public domain. Public Domain works are images, writings, videos, and sounds whose copyright has expired or never had a copyright attached to them. Public Domain Sherpa offers a handy little calculator that helps you determine if a work is in the public domain.
Places to find public domain media:Pixabay is a good place to find and download quality public domain images. You can search on Pixabay by using keywords or you can simply browse through the library of images. The Internet Archive is a great place to find images, videos, audio recordings, and texts that are in the Public Domain.
The Commons on Flickr is a good resource for students in need of images for multimedia projects for history, literature, and other content areas. A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog - Part 3. In part one of this series I shared some resources for creating a gallery of media to use in your classroom blog.
In part two I shared some places where you can find public domain media to use in your blog posts. In this third and final post in the series we'll take a look at Creative Commons and Fair Use of media in blog posts. Creative Commons Works Creative Commons is a voluntary licensing system that photographers, videographers, writers, and musicians can use to give permission to re-use their works under certain conditions. There are six different Creative Commons licenses. The least restrictive of which allows you to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon another person’s work, even commercially, as long as you credit that person for their original creation.
The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. Morgue File provides free photos with license to remix. The Vimeo Music Store offers more than 45,000 music tracks. Fair Use The U.S. Diary. Easily Create Web Pages for Most Anything. Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students. Create, Share, and Embed Widgets for Free. Online NotePad. OhLife is a journal that we guarantee you'll write in. Inscription. WordPress.com. Posterous.