* Copyright laws

PixabayA wonderful blogger at Chapel Hill Snippets, Ruth Morgan, was kind enough to alert me to copyright laws related to images.  She has already gone through her posts to eliminate images which are not free to use.  I asked Ruth for advice after crying, “HELP!”   First, Ruth recommended Pixabay.com (see above), which provides over 330,000 images in 20 languages.  All these images may be copied, modified, and even used for commercial purposes without permission.  Images are organized by category and provided by photographers (I might try to donate a few).  You will also find images from Shutterstock, which generates funds for Pixabay,  which is completely FREE!   Second, when I asked Ruth how I could determine which images are not free of copyrights, she suggested TinEye Reverse Image Search.  You may drag and drop images, enter URLs, use a browser plug-in, or upload a file for TinEye to examine.   (I hope it’s OK to use the image below!)TinEyeI have only gone through three of my blog categories so far.  Yikes!  Right now, I’m taking two online classes concurrently, as well as teaching a LOT.  I hope my site remains invisible to the copyright police, whoever they might be, until I can finish slogging my way through images!  If you see something that is copyrighted, please let me know!  

* Check out Chapel Hill Snippets

chapel hill snippetsChapel Hill Snippets is a marvelous blog full of special ed freebies, wisdom, and insights by Ruth Morgan, a speech-language pathologist.  Ruth is an experienced, generous, and kind lady who has helped me numerous times and continues to let me “borrow” a plastic fish from her (it’s a long story!).  I especially like her post on using the following video to teach perseverance in a social skills group. social skills from Ruth

Chapel Hill Snippets has an incredible array of resources to download for FREE.  You will also find helpful tutorials on using an iPad and other technologies.  Her article on iPad word walls is excellent advice for those kids who struggle with both spelling and copying something from halfway across the room.  She’s inspired me to get the Decibel app after her detective work around the school, identifying areas which are too loud for kids and teachers.  Ruth handled that situation with her typical diplomacy and got results.  Her blog is worth following, so please check it out!