“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of over 60 million licensable videos, music tracks, sound effects, photos, motions graphics templates, 3D models, and historical documents, which are attribution free to use and part of the public domain.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
- Tons of content is free to remix through a Creative Commons (CC) license, which requires proper attribution the way the artist intended. Learn more at CreativeCommons.org.
- Teach your students about Creative Commons with these videos and this infographic.
- Find CC licensed images, music, video clips and more using the Creative Commons Search Engine and Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons can also be used by students to create free digital textbooks.
- Try the new Creative Commons Search Engine to find images with list-making and one-click attribution.
- Students can conduct safe searches for images using Photos for the Class, Pics4Learning, and ELTPics.
- Flickr is a popular website with CC licensed images.
- Compfight is a search engine to easily and quickly find Flickr CC licensed images.
- Easily copy and paste the CC attribution with this bookmarklet, Cogdog.github.io/flickr-cc-helper.
- License your own content for free with the CC license generator at Creativecommons.org/choose.
- Places to find free music licensed to use in projects are CCMixter (web/app), YouTube audio library, and Free Stock Music.
- Freesound and SoundBible are great websites for finding free sound effects.
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