APSTechGoddess Ning – Copyright Law and the Classroom – Image Searches

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

A lot has changed in terms of copyright law and the classroom since I first published this post.  In fact, the link at the bottome from JeffCo schools about copyright has been taken down due to the number of changes. But, the list of resources is still good, so it’s worth passing on.

From August 11. 2010
Are you using Google or Yahoo images to find pictures for your classroom? Then please STOP! Many of the images you find in Google and Yahoo (and other search engines) are copyrighted, which means they are not available for you to legally use in the classroom.

Copyright law states that we need to make sure we are using royalty-free images or images that are in the public domain.

So where do you get those images? Here are some sites that are safe to use…

1. Any government web site – tax dollars pay for these sites, so they belong to the general public. (This includes the Library of Congress image library.)
2. The Smithsonian web sites – the Smithsonian has graciously offered any images on their sites to teachers to use in lessons.
3. http://www.pics4learning.com – a collection of royalty-free pictures created just for teachers and students. (This is one of my favorites.)
4. http://www.discoveryeducation.com – the district has a paid subscription to this site, so you can use any images from here in your classroom.
5. http://www.public-domain-image.com/ and http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ are both great collections of legally available and useable images.
6. http://creativecommons.org/image/ was also designed specifically for schools to use.
7. Don’t forget about searching Promethean Planet ( http://www.prometheanplanet.com ). They have dozens of terrific resource packs with images and clip art you can use. Microsoft’s clipart gallery ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/) is also a great resource. There are thousands of pictures available to download.

To learn more about Copyright and schools, go to http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/isu/library/copyright.html. ; JeffCo schools here in Colorado was hit with a multimillion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit a few years ago. They have created a GREAT web site with all the do’s and don’t for teachers.

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