I was frustrated yesterday as I was reading an article from one of the educational sites that I enjoy called Edudemic. I usually read what they’ve posted once a day and I almost always read articles involving ideas of how to create PLNs or guides for social media and educators no matter what the source. Yesterday I got to the bottom of the article and saw a graphic by Silvia Tolisano that I have shared many times and itself is based on an original graphic by Alex Couros as Silvia points out on her Flickr page.
The graphic is attributed to Teachers Using Tech and when clicked on takes the viewer to the blogger’s article on PLNs and again incorrectly attributes the graphic to another good writer Lisa Nielson. The link is to an article on creating a PLN but the graphic isn’t on this page.
Why did I take the time to trace back this series of wrongly attributed graphic? I’m bothered when I see information wrongly attributed to someone else rather than members of my PLN who worked hard to share and create interpretations and representations of what it means to be a teacher to put it simply. Maybe I’m the only one bothered by this?
I’m bothered that I still see teachers around me using Google image and having their students do so without thinking about or sharing the source. Can’t we as educators do better than this? Ultimately I hope that some day the image files themselves will have the attribution embedded within the file.
In this particular instance we have an educator who works hard as a consultant creating an image and also licensed the graphic so it could used and shared by other educators.
Sylvia did her part, creating, sharing, and licensing so others could use it without worry. If Edudemic is considered a commercial business than they need to be more careful. Can’t those others that repurpose this content do their part? How do we make sure this doesn’t happen?