The Creative Commons Art Class

Jeffs airplane pic - Awesome!
Jeffs airplane pic – Awesome!

There aren’t many things to dislike about traveling, but one thing that annoys me is that my photos never seem to do my experience justice. The same thing happened when my kids were babies; I would take a ridiculous amount of photos, never seeming to capture what I saw with my own eyes.

Flying into Hong Kong - so beautiful in my memory, not so much in this picture.
For comparisons sake – my airplane picture. Boo.

My good friend and art teacher, Jeff Pabotoy does not have this problem. His pictures always seem to look better than the real deal and he expertly manages to infuse mood into his final products. He obviously doesn’t realize what a gift he has because when I approached him to co-teach a unit on Creative Commons licensing and mobile photography/editing, he was surprised I’d asked.

As educators, our goal is always to first intrinsically motivate the students to learn; this can usually be accomplished by making the learning personal. Obviously teenagers enjoy taking photos and getting recognized – but most are only aware of sharing their work on social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – queue Flickr accounts! Additionally, the task of convincing teenagers that stealing digital information is wrong and unethical (especially when it’s so easy), is addressed because they will now be the creators whose work may be stolen.

Jeff and I did a little review of Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons ourselves using the following resources:

  1. The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
  2. Teaching Students about the Creative Commons
  3. Copyright Flowchart by Langwitches
  4. Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft video

After talking with Jeff we decided our unit would go like this:

  1. Copyrights and the need to site both written and visual materials
    1. Copyright Flowchart by Langwitches
    2. Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft video
    3. A Fair(y) Use Tale because it’s so fun to watch
  2. Creative Commons: What is it and why should we use it
    1. Introductory slide show explaining Creative Commons Licenses
    2. What Students Need to Know About Creative Commons” Slideshow
    3. Collection of videos about Creative Commons
  3. Sign up for Flickr
  4. Understand the different CC licenses and create one
  5. Learn how to take and edit photos that your FB friends will envy
    1. PicShop Lite
    2. Piclay
    3. Photo Editor by Aviary
    4. Split Pic Editor & Blender
  6. Upload and tag photos in your Flickr account
    1. How To Add Tags
    2. How to add photos and tags video tutorial
  7. Learn how to search for creative commons photos and attribute the creator
    1. How to Attribute a CC photo
    2. How to Cite a Photo
  8. Where to get CC photos
    1. Search Creative Commons
    2. Google’s Advanced Search
    3. Photosforclass
    4. StockVault.net
    5. Kozzi.com  (one free photo per day)
    6. FindIcons.com
    7. Flickr Advanced Search
    8. Morguefile
    9. Open Clipart Libary

I’ll report back with our ups and downs after we begin the lessons. I’m expecting a win-win learning experience for all, especially the days when Jeff teaches us about photography and editing right in time for my summer flights and travels!