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.
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:
- The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
- Teaching Students about the Creative Commons
- Copyright Flowchart by Langwitches
- Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft video
After talking with Jeff we decided our unit would go like this:
- Copyrights and the need to site both written and visual materials
- Creative Commons: What is it and why should we use it
- Sign up for Flickr
- Understand the different CC licenses and create one
- Learn how to take and edit photos that your FB friends will envy
- Upload and tag photos in your Flickr account
- Learn how to search for creative commons photos and attribute the creator
- Where to get CC photos
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!