Wikipedia calles Open Educational Resources (OER) are "freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in distance education/open and distance learning domain as a consequence of the openness movement." To make a long story short, things on the web are not always free to the public to use, modify and use, etc. We must pay attention to the copyright on each item we intend to use. As a very visual learner, I went in search of an image that would help me understand Creative Commons... a free image, that is. Take a look:
You can use advanced settings on Google to make sure that what you use can be legally distributed for educational purposes. Keep in mind, that this means that you must credit the original source. Since there is no marking on the graphic, let me take this opportunity to tell you that it was taken from the BC Open Ed Tech Collaborative. It was in no way modified. Nice, graphic, right? I like how it breaks down each different kind of license with the symbol, and labeling how "free" each item is. Now, I could easily repeat what is in the image above and consider it my explanation, but perhaps I can break it down in everyday terms... like, Creative Commons for Dummies (I wonder if such a book exists!).
How is this for a cheat sheet?? I think it is very helpful! I understand these restrictions much better now. Make sure to check the license of all resources you choose to use so that you understand what you can legally do with it!