Responsible use of Internet resources

Responsible use of Internet resources

One of the aspects where we need to think and train our students is in the proper use of resources found on the Internet, respect for authors and the types of license with which they are published.

The widespread use of the Internet to search for information and the ease with which text, images, music and videos are found, may lead you to assume that they are free of copyright and may be reproduced, modified and republished online in work projects that pupils are asked to carry out.

As soon as the Internet is used as a classroom resource for conducting activities, it is necessary for our pupils to be aware that accessibility to any resource does not imply freedom of use, as the contents found on the Internet generally have some kind of license and an author who must be given proper credit for the work they have done

There are two small actions that will help prevent potential fraudulent use of materials taken from the Internet, and which we must get used to in the educational community, one being to check the type of license that the resource has, which may be so closed that they have copyright preventing their reproduction in any context without the express permission of the author, or so open that they are published as copyleft, which allows the use, reproduction, modification and distribution of the resource, provided that the same conditions of use are maintained. Between them there are several types of licenses that are more or less restrictive. Knowing the type of license will prevent subsequent trouble

In eTwinning projects it is requested that images and sounds used should comply with the requirement of having a license allowing its use for these projects, or that they have been produced by the participants in the project.

The second action that will help respect the rights of the author is the recognition of the work done. Any resource you decide to use, once it is confirmed that it has been published under a license that permits this, must document who the author of that material is, indicating it in the right place: beneath an image used to illustrate a text, at the end of a video….

Find the best place to state the author, the web address where it was taken and the date that material was downloaded from the Internet.

But you can also avoid misuse of resources if you use repositories, search engines and platforms that offer their resources free and openly.

We have suggested some areas in which you can find images:

 INTEF image Bank:

Creativecommons search tool:

Flickr’s Creative Commons Free Pictures:






In a quick look at eTwinning projects, we could say that most of the videos produced in the projects include music, and in most cases commercial music. So that our pupils can use music in their videos without risking breaking the law, we are proposing some areas where you can find free music and with open licenses:



If you want to dig a little deeper on this issue of reusing resources that can be found on the Internet, I recommend a self-education course that is published on the INTEF website, within the space dedicated to Training, in the open learning materials section: Creation, reuse and distribution of content

Source of the image , 15/10/2015. Author pippalou

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