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Free Images for Blogs and Marketing from “Freegrow”

Free Images for Blogs and Marketing, created by “Dreamgrow”, lists 38 sites that offer free images of all kinds.  The creative Commons concept has grown over the past few years.  It is getting easier and easier for students to find images that they can legally and freely use in their projects.  Flickr has been a great go-to site for students and teachers.   The other 37 sites on this list offer, even more, possibilities for finding appropriate images.  Just remember it is generally accepted that it is important to cite sources.

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All of the links on my integration site are public, but some districts don’t allow outside sharing or email. Unfortunately,  it is not possible for me to respond to share requests from teachers who work in such districts.  I find this to be counter-productive in a world where one of the essential premises behind technology integration in education is communication and sharing.  In any case, I apologize on my end, for not being able to respond.

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The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons by Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons by Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt is a very comprehensive guide to what resources may be legally used in all types of publications.  I have shared information on copyright and creative commons in the past but this post is particularly succinct and easy to understand.

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The New Version of Google Sites

The new version of Google Sites is ready to use. You can continue to use the classic Google Sites.  The instructions for the classic version.   How to access the new version.    How to use the new version.  How to incorporate an old version site into a new version site is promised for the near future.  The new version looks much more user friendly than the classic version.

I will be at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference on November 30 and December 1.  I will be conducting a workshop on Creative Commons on Wednesday and a workshop on Video Making in the Cloud on Thursday.

The Padagogy Wheel from Alan Carrington, SAMR, Blooms Revised Taxonomy and WeVideo

The 2016-2017 school year is under way.  This post contains the email that I sent to all of the teachers in our district. The Padagogy Wheel is a very graphic description of how technology can effectively be integrated into all curriculum areas while aligning with Blooms Revised Taxonomy and the SAMR model. There is a link to the wheel in the body of the e-mail.  Our district has invested heavily in Chromebooks, WeVideo has proven to be a very useful cloud-based software that links to Google Drive. We can make movies and other presentation on the Chromebooks. We will continue to use it this school year.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. I am looking forward to another year of  collaborating with as many of you as possible. Once again, I have ordered 100 WeVideo licenses for teacher and student use. The licenses can be assigned for the duration of a project. At the end of the project, the students’ work will be saved to their Google Drives and the students will still have access to the free version of WeVideo. The licenses can then be reassigned to a new set of students. Last year, some schools also purchased their own licenses. WeVideo works well with any computer including the Chromebooks and it lends itself to a number of different types of projects. During the 2015-2016 school year, I worked with students on just about every level. The students created weather reports (second grade), simulations, book trailers, animations, videos promoting healthy lifestyles, personal narratives, historical role plays, public service announcements, science, and math demonstrations  just to name a few. I also have a traveling green screen. This is very engaging for the students and it also provides exposure to real-world digital media creation techniques. The green screen makes it very easy to insert video and/or still images into the background of a presentation.

The new principal at KRMS, Aaron Bronson shared the attached “Padagogy Wheel” with me this summer. It was created by Allan Carrington from Adelaide, Australia.  It is licensed to be shared under  Creative Commons attributes, so I am sharing it with you. There is an attachment at the bottom of this email.  It combines the SAMR Model of Technology Integration* with Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. It is very important that our students understand what resources are available for them to share and use.  It is also essential that they give proper credit to the creators of the media they incorporate into their presentations and publications. Creative Commons provides access to media that is available and legal to use. The wheel shows suggested apps, activities, and action verbs that align with the levels of the SAMR(Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model while also lining up with the Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating, Creating). It is really very well done. Check it out. There are some great suggestions for a wide variety of classroom activities.  Bottom line, I am here to collaborate with you and to help you facilitate incorporating these types of activities and projects into your classrooms. I look forward to hearing from you.


*From Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything

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The Ultimate Guide to Creative Commons from foter.com

This is a great guide to the various Creative Commons attributes.  The ultimate Guide to Creative Commons by foter.com.


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Simplify Creative Commons Searches

CC Search is a great way to simplify Creative Commons Searches.  It includes the Flickr and Google Advanced Image Searches among others.  It is important that our students use media that doesn’t have all rights reserved.  Patti Morrissey has put this on the Crescent Lake Website. I have followed her lead on the KRMS site.  It would be a great idea to have this link on all of our school sites.


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Google Search Education

Google Search Education provides Common Core aligned lesson plans for beginner, intermediate, and  advanced Google Search users.  Learning how to interpret and refine searches may well be one of the most important skills that we can master in the 21st Century.  This is the link to the the homepage with very interesting links to multiple resources on Google Searches.     Homepage


Check out the “Live Training Videos”.  I found the video on “Believe it or not: Authority and credibility of sources on the web”  particular interesting.  The video “Creative Commons” is critical as everyone should by using creative searches in order to respect copyright  laws.

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A site for finding Creative Commons images

Photopin.com searches for creative commons images that are free to use in school and on blogs and websites, etc.  The Photo credit link is included when you save the image.