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  • 1. Creative CommonsStaff Development
    By Maricor Chang, Mindy Perry, Caitlin Manock and Paula Shapiro
  • 2. Statement of Need
    7th grade district Language Arts teachers are concerned students are using images incorrectly and breaking a copyright law
    Students included various images for prior projects and only 1 in every class noted the source of the images
    Allow teachers to become familiar with issues pertaining to images on the Internet and Creative Commons Licenses
    Teachers can use the information to instruct students on proper image use for the Journalistic unit
  • 3. Proposal Brief
    Librarians propose a one hour staff development meeting at Clearview North Middle School
    Provide teachers information on various Creative Commons licenses
    Online Sources for images with clear licensing details (Creative Commons, Flickr, Google)
    Standard integration with both Common Core Language Arts standards and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner
  • 4. Support
    StandardsCommon Core:
    CC.7.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
    Standards for the 21st-Century Learner:
    1.1.5Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.
    1.3.1 Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers
    1.3.3 Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information
    3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly
    3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts
  • 5. Support Cont.
    Big 6:
    step 3 (Locate and Access Information), step 4 (Use of Information), and step 6 (Evaluation)
    District Strategic Technology Plan Objectives:
    Schools will be lead by 21st-Century Professionals:
    2.2 Provide online, web-based, and face-to-face resources for professional development in a). Technology b).Curriculum/Tech Integration.
    Students will be healthy and responsible in 21st-Century Learning Contexts
    3.5 Incorporate ethical and responsible use of technology and online information in curriculum
  • 6. Goals
    Empower teachers to instruct, evaluate, select, organize and present images responsibly
    100% of teachers will understand Creative Commons licenses and how to use images appropriately
    Students will no longer randomly search images on Google with no regard for responsible use
  • 7. Example
    Teachers will show students how to use Creative Commons Guidelines, Flickr and other worksheets/materials from workshop
    Teachers can access and use Flickr to find specific images
    Students will learn and practice responsible methods using Creative Commons in their journalistic unit.
  • 8. Activity
    Librarians will review the 6 different Creative Commons licenses
    Access Creative Commons website and discuss various search image options such as Flickr and Google images
    Teachers will follow directions under handout
  • 9. Allow teachers to search through pictures in Creative Commons using Flickr and Google tabs
    Discuss findings in large group
    Have teachers brainstorm ways to include Creative Commons in other lessons
    Answer any questions
  • 10. Timeline
    1 hour staff development:
    15 minutes- talk about 6 Creative Common licenses
    15 minutes- teachers will research on their own
    15 minutes- discuss findings
    15 minutes- questions/comments
  • 11. Preparing
    3 months ahead: Discuss with principals about meeting with 7th grade district Language Art teachers
    2 months ahead: Schedule computer lab in central location
    1 month ahead: Collaborate with district librarians to discuss and create workshop lessons/materials
    3 weeks: contact 7th grade Language Arts teachers via e-mail
  • 12. Week of: Remind teachers about workshop and encourage them to attend via e-mail
    4 days before: Make copies of handout and activities. Make sure that all computers are working properly in computer lab. Review agenda and lesson
    Day of: Turn on all computers. Check Creative Commons link. Inform school security of visiting teachers. Set out materials for lesson
  • 13. Materials Required:
    Internet access
    Creative Commons access
    LCD projector
    multiple copies of handout
  • 14. Facilitator Responsibilities
    Approval from principals- Meeting time/budget/teacher release from staff development day for 2 hours.
    All- Contact individual principals for approval, plan workshop through Skype and Google docs, and contact individual teachers for reminder.
  • 15. Assessment
    Check teacher’s research to determine if they associated the correct pictures and meanings with Creative Common licenses
    Have teachers fill out questionnaires. Librarians will review comments and observation to determine success/changes
    Maintain communication with teachers during their unit to evaluate any additional support
    Collect data of final student products during team meetings to determine workshop impact
  • 16. Budget
    Cost of:
    Total= $150
  • 17. Conclusion
    Teachers will understand Creative Commons licenses and how to search for images on the internet for proper use
    Teachers will instruct their students accordingly on proper image use for all projects going forward
    Students will gain ethical image use and practice skills in their final unit projects
  • 18. Reference:
    AASL. (2009).  Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. Chicago: AASL.
    Beare, K. (2011). Using Flickr for English Language Classes. Retrieved from
    Blakeman, K.  (2010). Finding the Right Image on the Internet. Online, 34(6), 15-18. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
    Creative Commons. (2011). About the Licenses. Retrieved from
  • 19. Creative Commons. (2011). Pictures. Retrieved from
    Education World, Inc. (2011). Mission Statements with Vision: Where Is Your School Going? Education World Retrieved from (Mountain Gap Middle School Mission Statement)
    Eisenberg, M. B. & Berkowitz, R. E. (2010). Big 6.  Retrieved from
    Illinois State Board of Education. (2010).  English- Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Retrieved from
  • 20. Notess, G. R. (2009). Finding Free Media. Online, 33(1), 41-43. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
    October 2009. Lesson Plan 42: five card flickr story. Interface Magazine, Issue 19. Website/Retrieved from  
    Rutherford County Schools Technology Committee. (2008). Rutherford County School Strategic Technology Plan.  Retrieved from