Students use the internet all the time for school projects and research assignments. As teachers, we need to inform our kids and teach them about copyright/fair use. At the heart of the Fair Use policy is the idea that the copyrighted material – a picture, a song, a clip – is being transformed in some way or analyzed/critiqued.
We need to get students out of the habit of taking pictures from Google Images. We should instead direct students to creative commons sites – sources that have given permission for the work to be used.
This list of free-use image sites was posted by Ronnie Burt in his Edublogs posting (September 13th, 2010).
See also Larry Ferlazzo’s very detailed edublog post for more information.