Cite Images Using Creative Commons

As students publish their work more and more for an authentic audience, it’s important for them to properly cite images used in projects.  This is my favorite website  that includes best practices for citing images using Creative Commons.

One of our teachers is having students create book trailers that are published and shared online.  In order to support this work, we created a references template in Google Slides.  Students make a copy of the template, fill in the proper information, save the slides as JPEGS, and then use the slides in their iMovies.  Below is a quick video that explains the process.

Archive Classes in Google Classroom

And just like that, we’re back!  Pretty soon you’ll be setting up your new classes in Google Classroom.  Out with the old, and in with the new!  It’s time to Archive your classes from last school year.  But don’t worry, just because you’re archiving doesn’t mean you wont have access to your archived classes and assignments.  You can access to your archived classes by clicking on the hotdogs  in the upper left from your Google Classroom home screen and then scroll all the way down to Archived Classes.  You can also reuse assignments from archived classes by using the reuse post feature.

How to Archive a Class in Google Classroom

Sketchnote Workshop With Amanda Taylor


Please join us for a Sketchnoting (visual note-taking) Workshop by Amanda Taylor who will be joining us via Google Hangouts! If you’d like to sketchnote on the iPad, download Paper by FiftyThree (free) and bring a stylist.  No iPad, no problem!  Just a pen/pencil and a piece of paper is all you need to sketchnote!  

Join us virtually at on Monday or a later date!

Infographics for Teaching and Learning

This post includes the resources discussed at the Infographics for Teaching and Learning Workshop.


Integrating Infographics Blog Posts from Educators

Using Infographics for Teaching and Learning
Sarah Gretter describes the benefits of using infographics and tips for getting started.

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content
Brett Vogelsinger shares the process he went through to integrate infographics in his class.  He share ideas he used for getting started, a nice template resource, and student samples.

A Primer On Infographics in The Classroom
Pamela Rossow shares the elements of an infographic and how infographics can be used to promote literacy.

Infographics as a Creative Assessment
Kathy Schrock share an abundance of Infographic resources.  A robust rubric can be found here as well as a full recorded presentation on Infographics.

Using Google Drawing to Create Infographics
Google Drawing is a great tool to use to create infographics.  In this post, Alice Keeler explains how.

Infographic Creation Tools
Google Drawing

I personally like to use Keynote to create infographics.  Tutorial on how I do it will be coming soon.

Image and Icon Resources

Pixabay is my favorite free image resource because all the images are in Public Domain. When you search, skip the sponsored images and scroll down to the free images. Notice you can search by color, size, type, etc. similarly to Google Images.

Google Images
Use the search tools > usage rights > labeled for reuse.  I also like searching by color and type.

Icon Finder
This is a great source for icons.  The only bummer is the paid ones are really cute so one tends to gravitate to them, but this site has a nice bank of free icons to use.
Because I use Keynote to create graphics, I like to use the icon fonts in  I keep a key of the fonts in a folder on my desktop to refer to.  I explain it in this video, but I will create one that demonstrates how I use it soon.

What are our favorite resources for creating visuals?