Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons


What is Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons?

Read the following blog post about Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons, written by Ronnie Burt: The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

How do I cite a book or website?

Here is an example of an MLA citation format for a website using EasyBib:

Burt, Ronnie. “The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.” The Edublogger. Edublogs, 09 Feb. 2012. Web. 04 May 2015. <>.

How to cite a website using EasyBib:

How do I cite an image I found on the Internet?

First, you must search for the image’s Creative Commons attributes. There are many image libraries that will search for only those images that have permission to use and modify:

  • – Click on “advanced image search” and then select for the “Usage Rights” dropdown, ALWAYS confirm that the images you find are actually licensed as you selected.
  • – Allows you to search google and flickr for creative commons images, and several other search providers for non-image based content (try attaching “image of” or “stock photo” to your search terms.
  • – A safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, and more.
  • – More than 10 million categorized, photos, illustrations, footage, sound bites etc.
  • – Free high quality images you can use anywhere.
  • – All downloaded images are stamped with citations at the bottom of the image.

Here is an example of an MLA image citation created using EasyBib:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“The Asiatic Lion” by Shanthanu Bhardwaj – The Asiatic Lion. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

How to cite an image using EasyBib

Can I embed video on my website or blog?

You are free to embed any video found on YouTube, Vimeo, SchoolTube, Watch Know Learn, etc. as long as it gives you an embed code. You can’t, however, with sites like Discovery Education since that contains paid content and requires login credentials.

How to embed a video from YouTube

The easiest way to cite a digital source is EasyBib. You will need to create an account, otherwise your citation will disappear in 3 days. There is also an easy to use Chrome extension already installed in your Chrome browser (if logged in with NEISD Google credentials).


Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology

Self-paced projects facilitated by Thinglink: This is a collection of 5th grade research projects. The teacher gathers all the resources and directions in one place so that the student can complete tasks at their own pace.

Symbaloo Webmixes: Ton of ideas here…

App Smashes and Flows: This is a differentiated professional development class for teachers. There are task cards for both app smash and app flow activities. I also like the idea of providing differentiated activities for each center. Here is my Listly list that includes task cards and resources for iPad Apptivities.

Using Thinglink for differentiated centers: This is an example created by Susan Oxnevad. I love the color-coded reading levels.

Using Hstry for cross-curricular projects: Similar idea as the Thinglink one above, just different format.