...... a new system of copyright licenses and toolswhich allow the original creator of a work to designate the terms under which they will allow their work to be
copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, and which allows internet users to search for and find media to which they have the legal right to use in their own creative work.

Why CC?

The idea of universal access to, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons. ~~ from About Creative Commons

Take a Look:

By D. Gordon E. Robertson [CC-BY-SA-3.0]


Suggested Starting Points:

1. Introduce students to the Creative Commons system by watching 1 or 2 of the CC videos
2. Introduce students to sources of Creative Commons photographs.
Examples: 1. Flikr or 2. Wikimedia Commons (gives great ready-made attribution info to copy!)
3. Introduce and require the proper attribution of Creative Commons images in a current assignment.

4. Introduce students to process of licensing their own work. Choose a License
5. Have students create and post a piece of their own original work, and license it under the Creative Commons.

Lesson Plan Support:

1. Teaching Students about Creative Commons
2. David and the Librarian: Descriptive story of Gr 8 student using Creative Commons

Further Resources:

  • Check out the many explanation VIDEOS on the Creative Commons Website itself.

  • Creative Commons in the Classroom (booklet) adapted by Rodd Lucier @thecleversheep FindlayRCSB

Sources of CC copyrighted images for student use: Search: The search at allows you to choose which type of license you want to search for, and then you can search on, Flickr, Google, OWL, SpicXpress and Yahoo all from one easy interface.

30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media

Sites to See: Free Photos on the Web

Or go directly to
1. Flikr - a huge resource of images in 6 sections completely devoted to images licensed by CC; search and navigation steps are needed as students can easily leave the section
2. Wikimedia Commons - provides great ready-made attribution information to copy