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Chris Mayoh on how to avoid breaking copyright and voices from the London Festival of Education – PP75

The topic of the week is Chris Mayoh on how to avoid breaking copyright and voices from the London Festival of Education.

Paul spoke at the London Festival of Education at Wellington College this week. Apart from presenting his own session, he managed to catch up with some Pivotal Podcast guests (including Tait Coles!) and some potential future guests. Paul recorded some short conversations and clearly had a great time ‘in the green room’. Spot the educational expert!

Chris-MayohWe also welcomed Chris Mayoh back to the podcast this week to talk about copyright in the classroom.

Chris tells us that taking images from the internet for our own use is like walking into a shop and walking out with goods without paying for them. Images we find on the web are just as much someone else’s work as goods in a physical shop. We are breaking very strict copyright laws.

However, there are ways to make this a safer and more ‘two-way’ process. The reason this whole concept is alien to children around the world is because it is alien to their teachers. We need to educate the adults in schools on why it’s actually stealing to take the work of other people from the internet and use it as our own.

Even if we don’t explicitly state that it’s our own work, it’s still stealing.

Creative Commons

There are a variety of different ways in which content can be licensed so that people can use it legally and safely. One of the best is called, Creative Commons licensing.

As the originator of a piece of content, you can use a Creative Commons licence just by mentioning it and adding the official badge to your work to give other people permission to use it under under the terms and conditions you choose on the Creative Commons website.

Most image search engines like Google Images have options where you can specify that you want to find Creative Commons licensed images. It even has options to define what you want to be able to do with the image e.g. use it for commercial purpose. Your search results are then filtered to show only the images which are licensed in the way you have specified.

Chris’ preferred way to search for Creative Commons licensed content is This site lets you search in a variety of public web resources.

Pivotal resources are Creative Commons licensed.

A time-saving new website for crediting images

It’s important to cite where you have taken content from every time you use it but this can take a little time. Fortunately, Chris has found a new website which makes this very simple and quick. allows you to search for images and then automatically adds a thin black bar at the bottom with the details of the location it was downloaded from and its license.

Chris’ website – a brilliant source of educational technology know-how and support!


Pivotal Podcast Pocketbooks

PEpocketbook-BUNDLE2Newly-created Pivotal Podcast Pocketbooks are now available from Amazon including one on Restorative Practice. There will be a huge range of Pocketbooks from Pivotal Education, starting with the edited transcripts of some of the most popular episodes of the podcast.

The idea of releasing written versions of episodes came from listeners who wanted to be able to make notes and use the content in different ways. If you would like a particular episode to be converted into an ebook, please let us know!


(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. –



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