Searching Creative Commons Images


Just because it is there, does not mean you have the right to take it and use it!

We’ve been talking about using other people’s work in our work.  Our Enduring Understanding is based on the quote above.  So how do you know if you can use someone else’s image?  We must assume that all work that does not belong to us is copyrighted.  That means it belongs to someone else and you don’t have the right to use it unless you are granted permission.

The internet is a great thing though and there are some sites that search only for “works” that very generous people have granted us permission to use – otherwise known as “Creative Commons”.

Compfight is a great search engine that, if told too, will only search flickr for “creative commons” images.  

Image search for butterfly | Compfight | A Flickr Search Tool

These are the images that we are allowed to use – but there are some conditions sometimes.  We have been learning about those conditions.  Each condition has a specific symbol:

Licenses - Creative Commons

You can find out more about the 6 different creative commons licenses here.

Here’s how compfight works and how you can then embed the image into your blog post without downloading and reuploading the image to your blog.
Compfight will search for images tagged with the words you have entered in the search box. Sometimes you might come across an image that isn’t appropriate, even though you have the safe search on – you know what to do – click away, and tell an adult what happened.

Compfight | A Flickr2122 Search Tool

Another tab will pop open – it will be the flickr page that stores the image you have chosen. You want the html code of the image so that you can embed it in your post. (Using the html code eliminates the need for the image file to be uploaded to your blog). 

Butterfly | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Image Embed Code | Flickr

Make sure you chose the size you want (Most blog themes have a post size of 500pixels – so the medium sized image is usually big enough to fit inside your post – you can always make your image smaller once it’s inside your post BUT you cannot make it bigger, so don’t choose a too small size).

Next you need to paste the html code into your blog post. Make sure you are on the Text (html) tab NOT the Visual tab. See the picture below:

visual tab vs text tab

Once you’ve pasted the html code inside your post, click on the Visual tab to see the image. If you want to embed another image, remember to change back to the html tab.

All that is left to do now is to attribute the image.

Image attribution is often found at the bottom of a blog post. It should look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn

or it could look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn:

Either way, the person’s name is included and there is a link back to where you found the actual image. Make sure that you don’t have .jpg at the end of the link – that’s not the right link!

Did you notice that you have to do a lot of switching back and forth from one website to another?   That’s why it’s so good to use the tabs in Firefox.  Have the backend of your blog open on one tab, and compfight open on another tab.


Creative Commons Licenses Information taken from:

Changing The Theme

Grade 4 students are starting to blog on their own individual blogs.  We are taking a screenshot of our blog BEFORE we change from the default theme  (a very plain blue theme) to a theme of our choice.  At the same time, we are learning how to upload an image to our blogs.

We will try to limit the number of files we upload to our blogs and store most of our images on other sites, like our school flickr account, or we will use Compfight to find and embed creative commons images that we have permission to use, with attribution.

Here’s a example of what you could say in your “Hello World” post.

Welcome to my blog.  I am just starting to blog.

Today I took a screenshot of my blog before I made any changes so that I can see what it looked like when I first started.

When you change themes you must remember that each theme has it’s own default widgets and you might have to re-add some widgets you had before (like the META widget that helps you sign in).

Changing themes is a good way to help make your blog reflect your personality!

Here’s the instructions on Changing your Theme:

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Richard2019s Blog 203A Manage Themes 2014 WordPress

Remember, you can change your theme any time. Just check that all of your widgets have changed along with your new theme choice. Sometimes you have to re-add the META widget to help you sign in. On your dashboard, scroll down to appearance, click on widgets and re-add the META widget to your sidebar.

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