Creative Commons Infographic

I’ve long been aware that many people don’t realise that you can’t use just any image off the internet for your own purposes.

Many of my students join my class with the habit of reproducing Google Images strongly ingrained. This habit is often either taught or not questioned by parents or previous teachers.

I also find that many people who use any online image think that “attributing” with a link to the source makes it acceptable. Little do they know, all creative work a person makes is copyright unless stated otherwise. Linking to the source doesn’t change this fact.

There seems to be another group of people who know it’s not right to reproduce any online image in their work, but do this as they don’t know how to source and attribute Creative Commons images.

Despite having a lot of anecdotal experience of others not knowing about Creative Commons, I was surprised to read that more than 90% of Creative Commons images are not attributed at all and more than 99% are not adequately attributed.

This shows that even people trying to do the right thing with Creative Commons images often aren’t. I’m certain I’ve been guilty of this in the past.

With more and more people becoming producers rather than consumers of the internet, I find this general lack of knowledge concerning. For that reason, I try to teach students the correct way to source and attribute images for their blog posts and published work. This guide to Using Creative Commons Images in Blog Posts is just one resource I’ve created for teaching about Creative Commons.

I recently came across this excellent infographic on Twitter via @suewaters and @joycevalenza. I think it’s something all educators would benefit from taking a look at! It certainly refreshed my own understanding.

Click on the image to view a larger version.

Creative Commons Photos

How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter

Educators might also find this guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons by Ronnie Burt useful in upskilling themselves.

What other advice or resources could you suggest for teaching or learning about Creative Commons?

Instructions for Using Creative Commons Images in Blog Posts

Many bloggers are not aware that you can’t just use any images off the internet in your blog posts. Not only is this ethically incorrect but you could leave yourself open to copyright infringement.

I teach my student bloggers to “do the right thing” by using their own images or Creative Commons images in their blog posts.

Wanting to make this process clear to my student bloggers, I created a document explaining copyright, copyright infringement and Creative Commons. The guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to use FlickrCC and Wikimedia Commons to upload and attribute images in blog posts. Obviously, there is more than one way to do this, however, I wanted to keep the instructions as straightforward as posssible for my students.

I have embedded this document below. Feel free to use it with your students to teach them about these important blogging habits.

Using Creative Commons Images From FlickrCC and Wikimedia Commons in Blog Posts

If you are having trouble viewing the document, you can download it here as a PDF. Using Creative Commons Images from FlickrCC and Wikimedia Commons in Blog Posts

More detailed advice on using Creative Commons images in blog posts can be found in the Teacher Challenge guide by Sue Waters.

How do you go about using Creative Commons images?

Do you have any more advice?

Storytelling Tool: Five Card Flickr

Five Card Flickr is a simple yet useful tool that I found out about from a number of people on Twitter.

Five Card Flickr deals you random pictures from Flickr that you put together to tell a story. From each 5 photos you are dealt, you choose one to add to your story. You then repeat this 4 more times until you have 5 photos that you can then use to tell a story.

Students could use this tool for oral language story telling or for inspiration for creating a written story. Stories could be created individually or as a class using an IWB.

Stories can be written on the site and saved to a gallery or alternatively, students could just write on paper.

Especially with younger students, oral language is an important area that can sometimes be neglected in the crowded curriculum.

The possibilities of Five Card Flickr are only limited by the students’ creativity! Give it a try.

five card flickr

Do you know any other sites that are useful for writing or oral language prompts?


Speechable is a cool website I found out about from David Kapuler’s blog. It is simply an easy way to add a speech bubble to an image. You can upload an image from your computer or a URL and photos can be shared with friends via email or on Facebook®, MySpace®, Orkut, blogs, and message boards.

Here is a pic from the Speechable gallery

Adding speech bubbles to images could be a fun activity for children, a literacy task or even a classroom competition. You can make photos private which means you can still email and embed them but they won’t appear in the site’s gallery. Check it out.

Bubbleshare Alternatives

Thanks to Angela Hall who recently alerted me to the fact that Bubbleshare will no longer be available from November 15th. This is disappointing as many teachers use this site to put slideshows of photos on their blog.

I recently wrote a post on how to embed a Bubbleshare slideshow on your blog in a post or sidebar. Here are a few other alternatives for creating a photo slideshow… let me know if you know any more!

FlickrSlide: Upload your photos onto Flickr then use this tool to easily create a slideshow on your website or blog.  Just enter the address of your Flickr photos and then you will get the HTML embed code to paste into your blog.

Flickr Slideshow

Photobucket: This is a photo storage site similar to Flickr or Bubbleshare. Upload your photos and then click on slideshow to create a self running slideshow with many style options. Here is one I made in just a few minutes.


Slide: Upload photos or chose them from your online albums (Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook etc). It is then very simple to create a slideshow with lots of different choices for themes and designs. Here is a slideshow I created in less than five minutes.

These are some options for embedding a basic slideshow on your blog. If you want to embed a video style photo slideshow with words and music check out my earlier post on Photo Story Alternatives.

Adding a Bubbleshare Slideshow to your Blog

There are a number of sites where you can embed a slideshow of photos into your blog. One of them is Bubbleshare.

bubbleshare 1

I have used a Bubbleshare slideshow on my sidebar of my class blog to display  pictures of my classroom.

2KM blog bubbleshare

I have also embedded slideshows into posts on my blog about excursions, student work etc.

To add a bubbleshare slideshow to your blog, follow these instructions…

  • go to
  • click on sign up now to create an account
  • when you are logged in, click on create new album
  • choose an album name, upload photos from your computer, choose your privacy settings (public or private) and choose an album theme (if you want a thematic border). Click next.
  • Edit your album by sequencing photos, adding clip art or speech bubbles etc. You can also add an album description if you want people to look at your album on the Bubbleshare site.
  • When you are done, click blog album on the left hand side.
  • Here you can select what type of slideshow you would like (note, some turn out better than others on blogs). Copy the code for the slideshow you want to embed on your blog (on PCs – highlight and Control V or right click copy).
  • To add the slideshow to your side panel on your blog, go to your dashboard then appearance, widgets, and add a text box widget into your sidebar. Paste the Bubbleshare code that you copied in here.
  • To add the slideshow to a post, click on html where you are writing your post and simply paste the code in there.

Good luck!