Saturday, April 30, 2016

Photo Fun

I am pretty experienced with the taking and posting of pictures on social networks since in my personal life I take pictures for my daughters cheer gym and post them to a private group with much frequency.  I also (when there is time) do some post production.  But I decided to follow and look more closely into the "Getting Your Feet Wet" option because for me this had the most application in the classroom and I feel that you can never know enough about copyright.  This is one of the topics I cover in my sixth grade Library/Tech class and feel that it is important for students to understand the basics of copyright and follow the rules.  

For students, they find it easy to just google different images, and I would like to break them of this habit by giving them alternatives to use to search and make it easy for them to cite the images and videos they are using.  I found the article "14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know," posted in the comments to be full of information I was unaware of and will now incorporate into my lessons.  

The photo I chose to upload was from Pixabay and I picked this topic becuase it is one of the submjects the students can choose from in the introduction to research part of our class.  

Hensler, Karin. Stonehenge. Digital image. Pixabay. Pixabay, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2016. <>.

I then modeled the actions the students would have to follow to correctly cite the photos that they choose to use.  The process becomes a little different and students usually don't go to other pages to look for the required information necessary to compete a work cited sheet.   I did find the use of simple and "easy" (pun intended) to cite these resources.  Since it works so well with Google Tools I will definitely continue to incorporate that into the work cited lessons.

As far as the other parts of the lesson, the applications are vast not just outside the classroom in afterschool activities like Photography Club or TV/Media club, but in the classroom as well.  I plan to continue to explore using photography in lessons to make them more engaging as well as more relevant for the students.


  1. Interesting to see the format that EasyBib creates for an image. Thanks for including that!

  2. Hi, Cara
    This is a good reminder on the importance of copyright. EasyBib makes it so easy to cite photos, but many students still don't understand the need to do so. It's frustrating because a lot of teachers don't require them to do so either, which I guess is essentially the whole point of "14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know." Thank you for the reminder!