Our class started blogging about 3 weeks ago, and already the results are impressive. You can see their blogs here. There is lots of enthusiasm, and some very good writing from our Gr. 4/5 students. But I can tell it’s time we had a little chat about copy/pasting from Wikipedia and also downloading other people’s pictures to add to their blogs.
The copy/paste from Wikipedia should be a simple and straightforward lesson. I think in moderation, and with quoting your source, it is fine. And it’s that last point, attributing ownership, that will bring us to the downloading of people’s pictures.
I can tell we need a little trip over to both Flickr: Creative Commons, and the Search Creative Commons page for a little look-see. We’ll need to talk about ownership, as well as attribution…such as the image above. I use (and pay for) Wylio.com to quickly find/resize/attribute images for my blog.
I don’t think students willfully take other people’s images… they just need to be made aware of the concept. After all, for this generation of up-and-coming digital citizens, the shoe will very soon be on the other foot!