If students are involved in creating any kind of multimedia presentation, the need for images and sound will undoubtedly be two ingredients that will be necessary. Students can certainly find an abundance of images on the Internet. In fact, saving a Google image can be as easy as right clicking and saving. However, just because something is possible, doesn’t mean it is ethical or legal. Not everything available online is permissible to use even when considering educational fair use. Students can and should certainly be taught the skills necessary to find those images that are permissible to use. One resource that provides royalty free images and photos as well as web graphics, animations, fonts and sounds is an Iowa AEA Online resource called iClipart.com. iClipart.com is very generous in their usage/copyright allowances. Generally speaking, the primary restriction iClipart.com places on their product is using it commercially to make a profit.
While iClipart does have sound bytes, a better resource for music is another Iowa AEA Online resource, Soundzabound. Again, you might wonder why there’s a need for a resource like Soundzabound since most of us have music libraries with the capability of using that music in whatever application we choose to use. However, if you were to read the license agreement for purchased music, you’d probably learn that it was purchased for your own personal use. Free music sites also don’t screen their music for appropriate content. The Soundzabound website describes their collection in this way, “Soundzabound Music Library offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects that ensures your copyright safety. Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news, shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more!” The FAQ page on Soundzabound’s site provides additional information on using music legally and ethically for educational purposes.
If you have questions about accessing these two resources check with the teacher librarian in your building or district or contact Pam Buysman firstname.lastname@example.org