Images You Can Use in Your Course or Project Without Breaking the Copyright Law*

Well, we are no strangers to taking shortcuts, and are proudly presenting someone else’s handy work here, for you may find it hugely helpful.

This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As some of your current courses are moving into a project work phase, encourage your students to use other people’s digital property responsibly.*

Additionally, you can also use Creative Commons Search service, and to learn more, check out this article.

Despite the disclaimer below, this will assist in narrowing down images that may be copyright-free.

Image by Karen Kleis (hollykl on Flickr)

*No service mentioned here guarantees that the image is free to use. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn’t been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.

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Encourage Girls to Lead

Risking a big headline here, I would like to take on the importance of – or hype about – leadership, or being a leader. Google has this today, “Google supports #BanBossy from Lean In & the Girl Scouts. Encourage girls to lead.”

We often think of leaders as courageous individuals who can inspire others to follow their ideas, who are strong and powerful. Well, before we get too carried away, let’s talk about what makes a leader a leader. In the most basic sense, a leader is only such when there are people willing to follow him or her. So, does a leader make a leader or a follower make a leader? Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to attribute “valuable” characteristics to a mediocre bunch. I just think that the first followers and early adopters are the ones to take the prize here. The first follower(s) makes the leader. Check it out in action, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ.

Going further with this, it was the first follower who made the judgment that what someone else was doing, whether they realized it or not, had value. So, first followers are the people with a capacity to judge, right? They also were not afraid to stick their neck out, seeing the initial reaction to the dancing guy’s actions. Do I hear courageous? They also were willing to learn what the other people was doing and do it (trust it) as well. Insert more good epithets.

Alternatively, the leader, once he or she realizes they are such, will often find themselves bound by their followers, and instead of doing what they prefer, they will do what the followers agree to or support (best example, politicians. Why do we call them leaders again???). At the same time, a follower is only remotely bound by loyalty to the leader, and can always exercise that very judgment that created the leader in the first place. Granted, there are people who would follow someone else’s ideas or orders blindly, but is it really leadership? And if it is, does not such a leader depend on a stock of docile individuals incapable of critical thinking? Would you rather be a lion among sheep or a sheep among lions (no eating one another is a factor in this context)?

An effective leader is the one who motivates you to be active yourself. So, he or she just works for me? Do we think of teachers and educators as leaders? So many questions!

What are your thoughts?