For regular readers of the 8 Blog, you know that I advocate using creative projects as alternative forms of assessment with students. Instead of giving an exam or having students write a paper, educators could have their students develop a podcast, build a wiki or create a digital story. One concern that emerges with these types of projects is students’ use of copyrighted images and media. In the past, I have offered some resources explaining copyright laws and also listed sites that offer copyright-friendly materials. This week, I thought I’d build on this work by offering a list of governmental repositories for media. Since the agencies are funded through tax expenditures, the resources they offer exist in the public domain and can be utilized freely by students in the projects they develop. Even though the materials are public domain works, students should be reminded to give proper attribution to the creators in their projects.
General Governmental Repositories: