With so many multimedia projects depending on photos, video, and graphics pulled from online sources, the Google image search is a useful venue for emphasizing the importance of Respect, Responsibility and Honesty since the propriety of using 'Google' images is often overlooked. Students often do not know that 'Google images' is not a content creator cheerfully providing (for free!) photos and graphics for their projects but rather a sophisticated method of sifting through the millions of pieces of digital content found online. They often do not stop to consider that the creators of that content have rights which honest citizens have the responsibility to respect.
You can help students meet these obligations by encouraging (or requiring!) them to ethically source images they use or modify as part of class projects. This slideshow explains the importance of copyright and how to use the tools built into the Google image search to find photos and graphics licensed for reuse or modification. The CRHS LMC specialist has a school subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica which has a library of images that includes the proper MLA format citation information. Other sources of public domain or Creative Commons images include the Flickr Commons and the Wikimedia Commons.
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This brief video demonstrates how to use the Google image search tools to find content licensed for reuse and modification.