Media has the ability to skyrocket learning in the classroom. In fact, a huge 21st Century learning skill is analyzing media. But before students can use and analyze media, they must understand a key idea.
We love that our students are creating slide decks galore, awesome websites, and innovative videos. In order to do so, they need to find images. There are so many wonderful images online. There are also so many NOT so wonderful images online (we have a serious digital citizenship conversation about what to do when (not if) the inappropriate image pops up on the screen).
The first thing we talk to the kids about is how to search for an image specifically. Instead of typing in an entire phrase or question, we encourage them to narrow their terms for the most success. Google Images is a great resource. Then, we talk about stealing photos and the legalities (in student friendly language, of course). So, our students are trained to click on "SEARCH TOOLS", "USAGE RIGHTS" and then they can select "LABELED FOR REUSE." This way, the images are filtered so that the ones that show up are okay to use :)
Lessons such as this one are immensely valuable. Just think... our second graders (and older students, of course) are learning all about copyright at such a young age. This will help them create a positive digital footprint and much more as they continue throughout their schooling as well as throughout their lives.