Creative Commons Resources

Welcome to Week 4 / 5!

By now you should have:

  • read and completed all readings up to, and including “Week 3″ in Course 2 under “My Courses”
  • written 3 blog posts and 3 comments
  • continue recording the URL of the post you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet in the Course 2 tab
  • continue recording the URL of the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet in the Course 2 tab
  • found and contacted a collaborative partner for your Course 2

Creative Commons

I’ve noticed that many of you are correctly citing your images used in posts, but considering we’re talking about copyright and Creative Commons, I thought I’d share some additional resources. I hope you’ll find this helpful going forward not only for yourselves but for your students as well. All too often students simply do a Google Image search for class material, not even realizing they’re plagiarizing (as do many, many adults).

These tools make it very easy to find great media, but also help promote responsible digital citizenship with students. They may help you in regards to sourcing, posting and embedding Creative Commons images in your own posts for the remainder of your Coetail experience. Or you may find it more rewarding to use your own imagery for your posts. Whenever possible that’s the route I choose to take.

In terms of seeking out Creative Commons-licensed images, here are a few that I generally use. If you have additional tools or sites please do share.

For these sites, you’ll need to consider your search terms carefully and toggle different parameters to find the best results. For example, if you’re searching for “flowers” but have set the search to only take those results from the title, you’re depending on the fact that the artist had the word, “flower” in the title of their artwork. However, if you search based on “tags” or “all text” then you can open up the search to encompass these variables as well.

Creative Commons Search

This is a fantastic jumping point for images, videos and even sound clips and music. You can use this also to launch into a Google Images search with the proper criteria already selected for filtering CC images only. This would be a great starting place for students who tend to go straight to Google Images for sourcing material (often not available for CC). And similar to our color palette generators, Google Images can be sorted by color, size, date posted, etc.


Flickr Storm

And lastly, Flickr itself has a built-in Creative Commons search tool:


When posting images from Flickr to WordPress, you may need to click “Share” (above the image). You can then drop down to “Grab the HTML” and after selecting the size you want (for WordPress, generally you want a width of less than 600 pixels, so in this case the medium size of 500px works well).

And from within your blog post, click on the “HTML” tab and simply paste in the code. The code will then result in the image displaying as below:

Tanah lot

Photo by Brandon Hoover

6 thoughts on “Creative Commons Resources

  1. Michelle Beard @ 2016/11/28

    Thanks Brandon! Very helpful and super cool photo as well!

  2. Thanks, Brandon. Very helpful.

    Cohort 7 members, I’m a bit late but is anyone still looking for a partner or group member to collaborate for the Course 2 project? Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. It depends what you’re interested in, Ken. Have a look at the idea in my blogpost this week.


      1. Hey Steve,
        I checked out your post and it sounds like an interesting and relevant topic. I’ll be interested in seeing what you, Valerie, and Stephane come up with. Since my note, I’ve been in touch with Kim and Pim and I think we’ll be working on developing RUA/RUPs. Thanks.

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