Spark Creativity! Remix! 15+ Resources

“Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.” – Austin Kleon

Millions have shared their art, images, music, and creations on the Internet. Additionally, many libraries and organizations have released historical images and content into the public domain. Get students to engage with this content and learn hands-on by remixing the content into videos, presentations, podcasts, poster projects, or digital stories! Before they use the creations of others, they should properly attribute. Feel free to download the slide presentation below. Following the presentation, are tips and resources to help you teach your learners about creative commons and the public domain.


Tips and Resources

  • Many public domain images and content can be used without attribution. You can also purchase stock photos you do not have to attribute. This may be useful for designing presentation title slides, digital badges, logos, or book covers. You can add a link at the end to show where you got the resource.
  • For free public domain content try Pixabay (images & video clips), Pond 5 (historical images, sound bytes, 3D, and more), the British Library (images) and Morguefile (images).
  • For free clip art, you don’t have to attribute, try and
  • Millions share their work for anyone to use, but require proper attribution and ways to use that work! They outline these details in a Creative Commons (CC) license. Find out more at
  • Teach your students about Creative Commons with these videos and this infographic.
  • License your own content for free with this CC license generator,
  • Read the CC license of content carefully to see if you can redistribute them, use for commercial purposes, or change/edit the content. Not all CC content allows you to do this, which means you may not be able to share your remixed creation with others.
  • Find CC licensed images and video clips on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. Find more sources for images in the bookmarks below!
  • Compfight is a search engine and my favorite way of finding Flickr content to use.
  • You can also easily copy and paste the attribution in your slide using this bookmarklet,
  • The image sources above aren’t filtered. Student can safely search for images at Pics4Learning and the categories on ELTPics! These images are made for teachers and students!
  • (iOS app) is my favorite resource for free songs and audio to use.
  • Other resources for sound effects and clips are Freesound and SoundBible! Find more in the bookmarks below.
  • You will need an audio editor to remix the sound. Try Garageband, Audacity, or Soundation!
  • Remix video clips on Youtube with the Youtube Editor.
  • Remix video Hollywood Effects with these free iOS/Android apps- Quo FX, Action Movie FX and Creature FX
  • To learn more about remixing, join Amy Burvall’s RemixED Google Community


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Creative Commons, by shellyterrell

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. Thanks for another post with a wealth of information I just spent the afternoon going through an earlier post on digital writing and using photo prompts. I am excited to return to school to try these out with my students. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing all your posts this summer. Each one is like a gift.

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