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. 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. 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. Diary. Easily Create Web Pages for Most Anything. Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students. Create, Share, and Embed Widgets for Free.