Creative Commons Project – Grade 6

Give them an AudienceUsing Creative Commons images and music is something I am quite passionate about as an educator. I believe if students can develop a sound understanding of the licenses at a young age, then they will be the sort of people who are more likely to share their work in the future.

At Learning 2.0 in Shanghai, Kim Cofino & Darren Kuropatwa had participants in the Future of Learning Cohort create a slide (see Future of Learning wiki for details) using a Creative Commons image, and upload it to the very interesting Great Quotes about Learning and Change pool on Flickr.

This gave me an idea to use with my Grade 6s – create a slide with a quote that means something to them using a Creative Commons image, reference it correctly, and upload it to our class Google Presentation so it can be shared with others.

Technologically speaking, there are a number of skills that students are utilizing in order to do what seems like a simple task. They needed to:

  • Learn about Creative Commons and develop an understanding of the various licenses
  • Search for a Creative Commons image that is suitable for reuse with modification
  • Find a quote that is meaningful to them
  • Work within a presentation programme (some used Keynote, some used Google Presentations) to add a picture, text, format the background, font size, colour, add a hyperlink etc
  • Those who used Keynote had to export their slide as an image and import it to the class Google presentation
  • Those who used Google Presentations had to import their slide to the class Google Presentation
  • Add speaker notes with more details about the link to the image, the photographer’s photostream and reference the quote.

I was incredibly impressed with their work. The quotes are as good as the ones on the Great Quotes about Learning and Change pool (in my opinion!).

The next step in the process was to evaluate another student’s slide. This helped consolidate their understanding of the licenses and helped develop some other technology skills.

I created a Google Doc to structure their peer feedback, which students made a copy of and completed their evaluation. They shared the finished document with me (as their teacher) and with the student they were evaluating.

What they uncovered was that some people had used copyright images, some had pasted links incorrectly, some had linked to the wrong image or were missing links entirely. It clearly showed who understood the task and whether or not they had mastered the skills to complete the task or not. This helped me identify which students needed more support, and with a bit more time, all students were able to understand the objectives of the task.

Here is a sampling of what the students created – it would be great if you had the time to give them some feedback.
(if the iFrame is not showing, click here for full presentation).

2 thoughts on “Creative Commons Project – Grade 6

  1. Great post. I am a big fan of working with images in general, but CC ones in particular. I found with a little practice kids are able to use CC images quite readily. They often find more artistic photos then they ever could on Google.

    I recently used CC image to help ESL kids create a word wall for emotive language we were using in out unit on persuasive speech:

    You have also done a great job of incorporating many skills in the guise of one project.

    The next step I would like to take is image creation. How do we take images that tell stories? How can students be uploaders and creators of content as well? And when they do, will they choose to share their work? Can they say why? Lot’s of great discussion material.

    Not sure how comfortable you are, I am not there yet with my students about reaching out to strangers, especially in Flickr, but personally, every time I use an image I leave a little thank you note on Flickr with a link to where I used it. I think it is a nice touch in building community and connecting to content creators. Again, not sure I woul do that with sixth graders, but for older HS kids who blog, I think it is an important step.


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