Digital Images, Citations, & Blogging (CC)

This week I am learning about digital images, citations, rights, and how to use this knowledge as I blog.  I can’t wait to share this information with teachers and students next year!

Images, Licenses, and Links I Want to Revisit or Share

In a nutshell, these are the most important items from this week’s learning.  I am linking them here so I can easily revisit or share with students and teachers!

  • Pictures on the internet do not simply fall under Public Domain.
  • When someone finds a picture and wants to use it on a website, in a paper, presentation, commercial product, etc., he has to cite them.
  • Creative Commons allows users to share images but still receive credit for them.  Go here to create a license:
  • Anyone can use Creative Commons (CC) to control the use of their work; there are several types of CC licenses.
  • CC licenses have 3 layers:  a legal layer, a more “human” readable version of the legal layer, and an electronic code that helps search engines such as Google sort through CC images.  Learn more here:
  • This infographic clearly shows users how to cite works properly:  Students can also look to this citation format for formal MLA or APA citations:

This is an example of a properly cited CC image.  This image is still in its original form and was not remixed in any manner. Doesn’t it bring back memories??


Digital Remixing Tools 

This is an image I remixed use Tuxpi Photo.  I labeled a K12 Library Makeover that inspired me from a DIY blog; I also created a poster of a library in an elementary school in Hong Kong.  They are both a far call from the card catalog days shown above!  I found these pictures through a Google Image Search – Labeled for Reuse with Modification.

Citation 1

Citation 2


1) Bailey, Brittany. Library Reveal Pic Promo. Digital image. Pretty Handy Girl. Brittany Bailey, 16 Dec. 2013. Web. 29 May 2014.<>.

To locate the original image and see additional images of this library makeover, scroll down to the December 16, 2013 entry. This is a fabulous tutorial of a library makeover on a budget.

2) Tanja. A Snapshot from the Upper Elementary Library at HKIS. Digital image.HK Workshop: Tanja’s Journal., 21 Oct. 2010. Web. 29 May 2014. <’s+Journal>.

To locate the original image and see additional images of Tanja’s experience at the Hong Kong Librarian Workshop, scroll down to the entry on October 21, 2010. This journal provides a deep reflection on contemporary library practices and libraries in other countries.


Using this Information to Empower Others

In the upcoming year, I will return to a classroom teacher position.  I will teach 7th grade Language Arts in a Nancie Atwell style Readers and Writers Workshop.  Whether I am the teacher or a media specialist supporting Language Arts teachers in this initiative, I can see students benefiting from this information.  One of the goals of Writers Workshop is to write, publish, and analyze writing just as writers do!  Along with this task, students are responsible for publishing work (possibly in a blog), sharing images, and crediting sources.  I am also in a 1:1 laptop building so I know my 7th graders will truly benefit from this information on web 2.0 digital remixing tools and the how to cite or license images properly.

I used the Tuxpi Photo tool to remix two images above.  They were relatively easy to use.  However, they didn’t let me merge the images into a split shot (which is what I originally intended to do).  Nonetheless, I was able to label an image and create a poster.  I also used BigHugeLabs to create a magazine cover.  I created this image as an introduction in ODU’s LIBS 642 Children’s Literature class.  I can see myself using the same activity for the same purpose next year to help us build community in our workshop!  The FoldPlay tool will allows us to create foldable books and puzzles.  I think this will allow students to create engaging writing products that our neighboring elementary students can enjoy.  I can easily envision them creating a foldable and a follow-up puzzle activity.  These foldables might capture some of the Greek Mythology we will cover or short stories that they create in Writers Workshop.  It’s going to be an exciting year!

Created with BigHugeLabs - Magazine Cover Tool

Created with BigHugeLabs – Magazine Cover Tool

Mobile Digital Imaging Tools

The following apps are tools I downloaded for free on my iPhone.  They are also available on iPads and may be available on tablets as well.  They are great for remixing images that students take with a mobile camera.  Two great tools with remixing effects are:

  • Wood Camera  – allows you to drop images from your camera roll and add special effects like textures, tones, and frames.
  • InstaCollage – allows you to drop images from your device into different templates, frames, backgrounds, and add text.


Followers:  Please Contribute!

If you use other digital remixing tools or app tools, please comment below.  Please share:

  • the name of the tool
  • whether it is web-based or mobile
  • your review of the tool
  • link to a remixed image made by the tool (if you have one readily available)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  🙂


3 responses to “Digital Images, Citations, & Blogging (CC)

  1. Monica, Your blog is amazing! I love how you are setting it up to be a resource for yourself, co-workers, and students. I might incorporate some of the bullet lists into my own blog.

  2. This was a great post pulling together a variety of tools including some apps – thanks! Your blog looks great, really informative.

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