Computing - re-using images

From OER in Education
Build a website with Creative Commons images

Teaching approach. The aim of this unit of work is to teach children the principles of copyright compliant searching and accurate attribution of digital content when it is re-used. Children will learn about the ownership of created content and Creative Commons licences. They will use search effectively to find images that can be re-used and learn to attribute them correctly. They will create a website which combines the images that they have found and combine them with text to explain how other children can search for images to re-use on their own blogs or websites.

The author (Jo) used the lessons herself in the last half term and will be building the websites with her children in the next couple of weeks. She hopes that the plans could be adapted to fit into other areas of the curriculum so that the final end product has a real purpose. Her children were studying space and we wrote recounts about our visit to the National Space Centre in our English lessons, which they will then turn into websites using the images we found in the computing lessons. The final websites could be recounts, information texts or even instructions on how to search for Creative Commons licensed images! (edit)

Resource details
Title Computing - re-using images
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

Digital Literacy:

  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour

Information Technology:

  • use search technologies effectively and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) to design and create content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting information
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Age of students / grade
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Additional Resources/material needed

Lesson plans for 6 lessons: Computing-re-using-images.docx (info)

Useful information

Places for children to search for images to re-use: We did hit a few filtering issues while we were trying to search for CC licensed images. We found using Google advanced image search was reliable, but when images were from flickr, they were often blocked by our filters. Some alternatives the children used successfully were: , and for clipart If you are able to use flickr, I would highly recommend using which uses flickr images that are pre-filtered to provide a pseudo-safe search. The massive advantage here is that with a quick quick, images can be downloaded with an attribution automatically added (like the photo at the top of this post).

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This page re-produces the "OER images lesson plan", with minor adaptations to fit into the ORBIT format. You should reference this as follows:

The lesson plan was inspired by the Leicester OER Schools programme, and the OER Guidance for Schools.