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 Use copyright images in your blog

Adding image to your website

Educational bloggers have often been stuck in a gray area when it comes to using copyrighted material.  Confusing legal jargon containing to Fair Use and Creative Commons has made it difficult for school districts to understand when they can use copyright images. Your best bet is to always play it safe and to never use copyright images. However, Getty Images (the world’s largest photo service) has just announced 35 million of images will be available for free. What’s the catch? Getty Images will provide an open-embed setting that will let users drop in any image as long as Getty Images gets to place a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. This opens up a treasure chest of images to bloggers, presenters, teachers, and students. In the future, Getty Images could allow cookies to track how visitors view their embedded images, and place advertisements within the content.  Search all images that qualify for this new embed setting option. The embed code can only be used in websites/programs that support HTML iFrame code. This means images can be placed on your classroom blog, professional learning website, and personal site. For more information on using still images without the Getty Images embed code, read the Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.

Steps to embed your favorite Getty Image into your bog:

1: Visit www.gettyimages.com/Creative/Frontdoor/embed to see all of the available Getty Images
Visiting www.GettyImages.com

 

2: Search for your desired image. I used “empty classroom”  and found over 2,200 images.

Searching Getty

4: Below the image, next to the social media icons click “Embed this image”

How to embed image

5: You will be provided with the iFrame code. Copy all of the code.

Viewing embed code

6: Paste the code into your personal blog or district website.

Right click info

7: Make sure the Getty Images iFrame is correctly displayed on your website.

 

About Paul Weller

Paul D. Weller profile picturePaul Weller’s main responsibility is that of a storyteller. As Media Services Project Manager at CIESC, he helps schools, non-profits, and teachers share their message in a engaging, meaningful way. His view, if a picture is worth a 1,000 words, a video is worth 29,970 or 24,000 words (depending on NTSC frame rate) per second. A self proclaimed geek, Paul enjoys the technical and creative sides of being apart of the Media Services team.  Along with managing the TeachIndy.com website he also assists the websites of CIESC, Driver Ed Safety, ChallengeIndy.org, and his personal site pdweller.com You can connect with Paul Weller on Twitter  and Google+

 Why You Need Video ‘Front and Center’ on Your Web Page


Two words – ‘visual learners.’ Everyone is a visual learner. In fact, most people understand that you can learn more from a 3-minute video than you can by reading for 3 minutes. According to a study by 3M Corporation, 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. So the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be any truer, and video is made up of thousands of pictures. This makes video a very efficient way to get information across in the shortest amount of time.
In the day and age of YouTube and Video On Demand, long gone are the days of scrolling through text to find the information your web site visitors are looking for. According to The New York Times, web site visitors give just 400 milliseconds before becoming inpatient. That means by the time your page loads they have already lost patience and are ready to move on. But according to ExactTarget, content with video got a click rate of 10.3% and content without video 6.7%, an increase of 54%! So if you want visitors to your web site to stay, you better have a video for them to look at, a short and professionally produced video that succinctly gives them the information they seek.
At CIESC, our Media Services professionals know the importance video can play. They understand how to present your message in a professional and effective manner that will not only hold the viewer’s attention, but will provide them with a clear and concise message.
If you would like more information on how Media Services can help deliver your message, email Mike Manning

 

A new look for Teach Indy – January 23rd, 2014

Media Services spend months designing and tweaking the layout of what we wanted TeachIndy.com to become. Our efforts were to provide a better experience for our viewers, one that felt more comfortable. By borrowing the best aspects of numerous multimedia sites, we feel like we have created a better TeachIndy. We started by breaking our over 50+ videos into categories. Drilling down content is a natural thing to do, and using categories is the best way to start. But we didn’t stop there, we added detailed descriptions, and tags to each video post. This new meta-data is useful when using the site’s search bar. All of these details help viewers watch more, and learn more. We want to link you only to relevant content, that will help you better engage our community of educators. We hope that you take advantage of our redesigned site, and help spread the word.

About Paul Weller

Paul D. Weller profile picturePaul Weller’s main responsibility is that of a storyteller. As Media Services Project Manager at CIESC, he helps schools, non-profits, and teachers share their message in a engaging, meaningful way. His view, if a picture is worth a 1,000 words, a video is worth 29,970 or 24,000 words (depending on NTSC frame rate) per second. A self proclaimed geek, Paul enjoys the technical and creative sides of being apart of the Media Services team.  Along with managing the TeachIndy.com website he also assists the websites of CIESCDriver Ed SafetyChallengeIndy.org, and his personal site pdweller.com You can connect with Paul Weller on Twitter  and Google+