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Hello Cory,

There have definitely been times when I need a picture or two to illustrate a point when I write a blog post. And this is one of those times…

But where do I go to find one?

This photo, "Scratched red question mark" is copyright (c) unknown by takomabibelot and made available under a Attribution license

Personally I like to look for images on the Creative Commons area on Flickr. But first, what is Creative Commons? In a nutshell it is a non-profit organization started by this guy (Larry Lessig):

Here is a video called “Shared Culture” that explains the concept of Creative Commons:

A Shared Culture

Creative Commons License

A Shared Culture by Jesse Dylan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.

So why would arts teachers want to know about Creative Commons? In an age where it is easy to “grab” a picture for a blog post, it is important to know who owns the rights to the image. Creative Commons licenses allow the owner of an image or other media artifact to share under with all of us under certain specifications. See FAQ for other Creative Commons questions. For more information on Creative Commons licenses, go here. As you can see on the Creative Commons area on Flickr, you can search for images based on the different types of attribution licenses.

Of course every arts educator is concerned with teaching students how to properly cite media on blogs and wikis. This is one resource that is good for every arts teacher to use and model for his/her students: See example 5 for a citing all the information for the image that you use from the Creative Commons area on Flickr. Here is an example of an image that I researched and cited:

This photo, "Scratched red question mark" is copyright (c) unknown by takomabibelot and made available under a Attribution license

So I am looking for an image online…. My rule of thumb is that If I don’t know who owns the rights to an image online or it is unclear whether or not it is Copyrighted, then I don’t use it. The Creative Commons area on Flickr provides one place where creators of images don’t mind sharing as long as we follow the guidelines for attributions for their work. ; )

Another area for finding other media such as videos and music is in the search area on Creative Commons. There are many items for use in blogs (providing that appropriate attribution information is included.

I hope that arts teachers will teach students this skill and talk with students about the ethics of researching and posting pictures with appropriate citations. This is part of teaching digital media literacy research skills. This also goes with the territory when pictures are posted on a blog. Otherwise students (and teachers) may have to spend years responding to emails from media owners saying, “please remove my copyrighted image from your site” or worse yet respond to threats of legal action.

Hope to see you in Creative Commons land!

Did you know that most people don’t take time to scroll to the bottom of a blog post? This has implications for how many pictures, media elements and amount of text we include in our posts.

For example, while pictures can be important elements to include in a blog post, it is important that pictures don’t create the “never ending scrolling down the page” effect. This is particularly true if there isn’t any supporting text (which is can be very important to include in picture captions BTW). In many cases, it is more effective to include a couple pictures with accompanying descriptions (and citations where necessary).

Too much text can have the same effect… It can be an interesting challenge to write a blog entry that no one has to scroll through to get to the bottom. In fact, people probably read more when they don’t have to work too hard to scroll down the page. What do you think?

These days I don’t really have a lot of time to write long blog posts which is probably a good thing for you… Do your blog posts appeal to others who spend about 3 seconds on your page? Want to learn more about how to be more effective in your blogging? Here are a few quick resources that may help…

For those that are interested in learning more about blog effective practices, go here:

This link has a link to a few student blogs and other ideas for blogging in education:

Here is a link with safe and responsible blog ideas for schools:

I am curious what our participants consider the most important effective practices for blogging? What tips do you have for other teachers who want you to read their entries? Any ideas for blogging with students in the classroom? More coming soon…

As I read some of the blog posts that ArtsEducato2.0 participants are writing, I find myself curious about how technology is embedded in their practice? And how technology supports their work with students?

At the last ArtsEducator2.0 meeting, Donna Fox shared how her students are collaborating with her in a class wiki. Other participants have written briefly about technology embedded in classroom experiences over the last few years and about the potential for others. For example, Bethany Hughes wrote about the potential for mobile devices in one of her posts:

“I think that there are many activities that I could offer students if they were allowed to use their phones, mp3 players, etc. in my class.  In this time of the availability of  information, I feel like my phone, or other mobile technology could help me provide students with new and changing information, as well as, the tools for students to discover this information on their own.”

This makes me wonder what other ways participants are using technology to inform their inquiry work this year? Is anyone blogging with their students? Where? Does anyone have any other examples of how technology is supporting inquiry work and student learning? How would we access them? Or maybe there are other thoughts participants have around technology?

Cory and I had a challenge described in this post in adding the “Itsy Bitsy Blogger” mp3 file to the blog because it was too large for the WordPress blog. After doing some research after the suggestion from Mary Elizabeth about compressing the file, I found some solutions. My friend Jordan also helped with some specific instructions on one way to compress a large file:

“I have always just used iTunes. Under Preferences>Advanced>Import, you can set the bit rate/overall file type compression to lower the quality. You can then, under Advanced menu at the top of the screen, reconvert any file you like to make a smaller size. Unless you’d prefer to just ‘Compress’ the file (or archive depending on which term you use)… this will create a zip file you can then upload.”

However, now I have discovered that only the following file types are allowed to be uploaded to a WordPress blog:

“jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx”

Because of this, I decided to just add a direct link to the mp3 music file I have added to the ArtsEducator2.0 wiki, so now you too can sing along! The lyrics are there also. Thanks to David Berlin and Cory Wilkerson who were instrumental in this composition! And to Bethany Hughes who also consulted with us!

Hi Cory,

I read your post and I am glad to help with uploading a music or audio file. ; )

After starting a “new post” there is an option to upload an audio/picture file:

When you click on the icon, it opens a window that looks like this:

In this case, when I tried to add the “Itsy Bitsy Blogger” music file, I realized the file was too large for the blog post (as indicated in red above).

This would normally be a great way to post a smaller audio file. Unfortunately the basic WordPress service does not allow adding larger audio files. However, I am not giving up… There has to be an audio player or another widget out there that allows me to embed it into WordPress… Will investigate that… If all else fails I can include it on a website and link it here….

Blogging is a great way for arts teachers to document their own inquiry processes as we have seen in the ArtsEducator2.0 blog. However, blogging is also a great way to get students to write about inquiry processes in the arts classroom.

Cory, I wonder how many arts teachers incorporate what they learn about blogging into their classroom?

This makes me think of Will Richardson who is known by many in the ed tech world as a leader of blogging in the classroom. A couple years ago I read this great guide on blogging for classroom teachers:

I haven’t yet had the chance to read this one, but it has also received good reviews:

I wonder if “arts classrooms are leading the way with student blogging?” I also wonder if we created an effective practices list on student blogging in the arts classroom, what would it look like? What suggestions would there be for student bloggers? And teachers facilitating this experience? How would the students be included in generating ideas for blog prompts? Of course, it would be important to know if the school has a student responsible use policy that addresses blogging prior to students creating content online.

There are plenty of resources for student blogging in the classroom including one of my favorites: This site includes a resource page that describes the rationale for student blogging. More blog topics here if interested….

Curious on your thoughts Cory?

I know you are only reading about 20% of what I am writing in this blog post (based on eye tracking research and specifically according to this site: The most important information will also be posted here at the start of this blog entry and at the end so please ignore the middle (see primacy effect:

blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah…..blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. blah blah blah….. This is the part you won’t remember…..Remember?

What does this mean to blog writers?

I know that I scan blog posts and I almost never read long blog entries as I prefer to jump around learning snippets about different things. Perhaps most of what I am writing here will not even be scanned by most visitors? The problem is I have no way to know who will read what parts and to what extent! Perhaps including relevant graphics with the text will help engage some of the “readers that might otherwise skip this post? Ok…. Here goes….

As you can see there is nothing very interesting in the middle of the photo. To me, the most interesting element is the child at the other end of the camera who is waiting for me to pull her on the sled. Remember when I told you the most interesting information would be at the end? Hee hee. ; )

So Cory… I have been reading all the blog posts and thought it might be helpful if we shared the process of following other teacher’s posts… So that others can comment and collaborate where they feel appropriate on each other’s blog posts?

I have found it useful to receive email updates when anyone from the blog makes new posts. Below is a screenshot if you are not already receiving these updates. Do you find this a useful tool Cory?:

Cory, perhaps we can provide some tech support here?

I have been thinking about the participant’s process of including categories and tags in their posts. Perhaps it would be helpful for us to share some more specifics about this process?

August 2020

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