Digital Images and Copyright in the Primary Classroom (online)

This course will help you to use digital images ethically to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. You will explore ways to create digital images to improve your teaching of literacy, numeracy, STEM and SEN. You will be shown how to find rights-free images and how to apply copyright licences to your work.

Duration1 hour
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll (primary) teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please go to/return to the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify some ways you can use digital images to enhance your teaching of literacy, numeracy, STEM and SEN
  • Use digital images to enhance teaching and learning
  • Find rights-free digital images that are suitable to use in your classroom
  • Promote a respect for copyright amongst your pupils
  • Apply Creative Commons’ copyright licenses to your work.


Course Content

The course content includes:

  • Sample activities involving digital images that you can use to enhance your teaching of literacy, numeracy and STEM, as well as to use with pupils who have special educational needs
  • Considerations for successfully using tools such as digital cameras in your classroom
  • A video demonstration of how to search for images online
  • A video exemplar highlighting elements of good practice in primary classrooms when searching for images online
  • Guidance on citing and crediting sources to discourage plagiarism and promote respect for creators
  • An introduction to the copyright concerns for teachers using digital content in class
  • Descriptions of the different Creative Commons’ licenses that can be applied to digital images
  • Opportunities to create and share activities promoting respect for copyright by your pupils.