Question: Jamie is working on a “You
Look Like a Celebrity” page or the soon-to-be-published school yearbook. His
job is to find pictures of celebrities resembling students in the school. He has
found several images online that will
be perfect and gets to work editing the
yearbook page. Is this OK?
Answer: Yes, it is perfectly fine if
the pictures Jamie found were from
an amateur photographer who takes
a lot of pictures in Hollywood and
posts them to a site like Flickr. The
photographer sets all of her image
preferences to a Creative Commons
license—meaning that anyone can use
them, even commercially.
Or: No, it is not legal if Jamie does a
Google search and finds some great
images. He saves them to his desktop
and starts putting them in the year-
book layout. Not only did Jamie not
cite where he got the images, but more
than likely the artists of the photos
did not release them for public or
commercial use. Jamie could request
permission from the original artist,
but most of the time that is really hard
to find. Jamie should either cite the
sources if they are released to be re-
produced or do some Creative Com-
mons searches for different images.
The second type of assessments are
called prove-its, where the learner
receives an overall score but does not
know which questions were incorrect.
Students can take (or retake) a prove-it any time they feel they are ready
and as many times as needed. The system will notify an educator by email
when a student passes a prove-it (with
an 80% or higher score). Teachers,
schools, and districts can access sum-maries that show which students have
completed licenses as well as receive
more detailed reports that break down
assessments by item and attempts.
Since the launch in September 2011,
14,000 students from six U.S. states,
Australia, and Hong Kong have used
the DDL. While the initial focus is on
digital citizenship exposure, we hope
that the current excitement about
flipped classrooms will lead educa-
tors to develop other types of cases.
We think it would be exciting to see
schools collaborating to build a case
on, for example, employing ethos in
writing or distinguishing between pri-
mary and secondary sources.
Got a Message to Pin Up? Create Your Own Cartoon
Problem: You want to create interesting
bulletin boards that capture students’ attention
but also get an instructional message across.
Purchased materials don’t always completely
align with the unit(s) that you are currently
working on and can get costly.
Carmela Curatola Knowles is an elementary technology teacher for the Hatboro- Horsham School District in Pennsylvania, USA; an instructional technology specialist; and a Pennysylvania
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