Remix It! 27 Resources for Finding Free Digital Content to Use for Digital Learning

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

Technology and social media have ignited an artistic share revolution. Millions of artists, musicians, and creators upload their own photos, songs, videos, fonts, templates, and digital content to the web and allow people around the world to use it for presentations, books, and other digital projects. Our digital learners enjoy building off of and adapting the work of others. Remixing the work of others sparks innovation and spurs creativity. This is why Mission 4 in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions introduces students to attribution and Creative Commons (CC).  In my previous post I shared resources for finding attribution free music and sound effects. Below are additional websites to discover CC licensed and public domain content your learners can remix in their own digital projects. For more ideas check out my presentation, Remix It! Creative Commons and Copyright for Digital Learners.

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Public Domain Content

  • Many public domain images and content can be used without attribution. Pond 5 has a collection of over 60 million licensable videos, music tracks, sound effects, photos, motions graphics templates, 3D models, and historical documents, which are attribution free to use and part of the public domain.
  • Pixabay and Morguefile have free public domain stock images. These aren’t filtered so I would recommend students conduct searches for these images via an education tool like Buncee or Canva.
  • Pikwizard is a new website for searching for free stock images. An easy to paste license is also provided along with other keywords to try for your searches.
  • Openclipart.org and Pdclipart.org have attribution free clip art.

Creative Commons Licensed Content

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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), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, 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 https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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