Reitz High School

Reitz High School
Evansville, IN

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Digital Citizenship; Not Just For Students

Jeff Tron at the Indiana Unconference
Last week, the Indiana Department of Education invited all eLearning community educators to an unconference.  It turned out to be much more than I expected.  One of the sessions I attended was led by Robbie Grimes.  Robbie is a technology integration specialist for the Wayne Township School Corporation.  He has quite a bit of experience with integrating educational technology into the classroom.

The session that Robbie led was about Digital Citizenship.  Going into the session, I felt like I was pretty savvy on the topic.  He spoke about a situation where an administrator did what many of us, if not all of us, have done.  He went to Google image search, found a picture he liked, right clicked on it, and saved it.  He used that photo in his school newsletter that is also posted online.  The photographer and owner of the photo saw this and sued the school corporation for using it without permission or paying for it.

This really opened my eyes that Digital Citizenship is not just for students.  We as teachers and administrators need to be aware of the copyright laws and model good citizenship for our students.  It will definitely change the way I search for and use photos in the future.

Jeff Tron checking out the @EVSCREV14
To safely search for photos that are not copyright, you can do an advanced Google search.  To do this, you go to Google and click on images.  Type in the kind of image you are looking for and click the magnifying glass.  When your results show up, you will see a gear in the top right hand corner.  Click that gear and choose advanced search.  Scroll down to where you see the words usage rights down the left hand side.  Here, you will find a drop down menu.  In the drop down menu choose free to use or share, then click the blue advanced search button.  The images that show up now should be safe to use and free from copyright issues.

To follow Robbie on Twitter, you can click here.  He also has a very informative Prezi on Digital Citizenship that he shared with us, that you can view as well.  To view Robbie's Prezi, click here.

All pictures in this article were taken by Jeff Tron and used with permission.

Howell Yards in Evansville, IN

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