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This week, Kathleen McGeady wrote an excellent post on student blogging and internet images.

Her experience with grade 2 students and teaching appropriate copyright use is truly inspirational. This one sentence is an excellent reminder to educators and students about the importance of using images from sources that approve the use.

Blog Quote

Many students’ first instinct might be to head to Google’s image search and use the first image that they see, but it is important for all of us to make sure we are following all laws and protecting the rights of others. This includes learning about and following through with attributions and acknowledgements of the source of an image when required.

So where do we find free-use images? Here is a list of our 5 favorite sites for images:

  1. Edupics.com
  2. FindIcons.com
  3. Wikimedia Commons
  4. FlickrCC
  5. Photos8.com

(Edit: More for the list from our readers: compfight.com and www.sxc.hu)

For an exhaustive list of sites like these, visit Larry Ferlazzo’s post, The Best Online Sources for Images – updated this week!

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

Today’s blog post: A subtle epiphany – over-planning kills engagement http://bit.ly/9HMoTn #ebshareMon Sep 13 22:25:50 via Chromed Bird

Do you think research shows that computer use is good or bad for kids? Find results here: http://bit.ly/9VpoG6 #ebshareWed Sep 15 18:13:19 via TweetDeck

From @ddeubel – Have you made a doodle video before? http://bit.ly/dgI0nd #ebshareTue Sep 14 15:20:29 via TweetDeck

Want to share a post, ask others to visit a blog for comments, or show off cool student work? Use the hashtag #ebshare to let us know so we can re-tweet it for you!

Featured Edublog of the Week

edu_featured_dir On blogue, on lit, on partage!
A French class blog with great resources.

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory.

Summing it up

With the increased access to different media available on the web, Creative Commons and copyright discussions are important ones to have with students of all ages.

Do you have other great resources to share or ideas on how to teach students about these different laws?

About Ronnie Burt

Manages the Edublogs, CampusPress, and WPMU DEV Hosting services. Former secondary math teacher and wannabe musician. Follow @ronnieburt on twitter!


  1. Ronnie,

    Thanks for the plug!


    • Larry Ferlazzo
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  4. Hello, I’m in grade 7 and we have to make our own blogs soon. I was wondering if you could give me some advise on how to make it an effective blog.

    • Bayleigh
    • Hi Bayliegh! I got a blog from my teacher and by the way I am in 6th grade… I found it a great way to get to know that people all over the world enjoy my blog. But some advice to make it effective is comment back to people as much as possible, make it INTERESTING, and put A LOT of effort in to your work/ show your confidence!

      -Tessa :mrgreen: (a 6th grader)

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  5. hi,
    I am grade 6 and thought you might like to visit my blog.
    I would really apriate that

    • Wow!

      • hosannabanana
      • I am Hosanna Fowler and I am in 6th grade and I would love for you to visit my Blog. It is called hosannabanana.edublogs.org. Thank You!

        • hosannabanana
        • Ok I will!

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  16. That’s so awesome! In class we have learnt how to use “Creative Commens” in Flicker. I regulary give credit to my image sources!

    Please cheak out my blog and be sure to leave a comment!

  17. Hello,
    My name is Hannah and I am in Grade 8.
    Pictures are the one thing that I always put in my posts so please come and visit blog at:


    • hannah110gs
  18. Hello Ron

    Thanks for the tips on using other sites other than Flickr. It will really help!

    Please visit my blog – http://alexandra110gs.edublogs.org


    • alexandra110gs
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  22. Hi, I’m in sixth grade. And I just started my blog. I was wondering if you can give me advice on blogging? Thanks! :)

    • lisa
    • Hi Lisa,

      Welcome to blogging! You might want to visit studentchallenge.edublogs.org if you haven’t already – there is tons of great advice and help there.

      Best of luck!

  23. Hi im peyton and im in 6th grade and i just wanted to say nice blog.

    • peyton
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