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Teacher-Authors: Here’s What’s Going on at my Education Blog

Here is one of the most popular posts from my Ask a Tech Teacher education blog:

Every year, January 1st, is Public Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use. According to Public Domain Review, here are some of the newly-available artistic works you might like a/o January 1, 2023:

The picture above is interactive. If you click it, you enter Public Domain Review’s website and can then explore each of these new sources of inspiration, free to use.

One that caught my attention is Winnie the Pooh. Knowing that, I should feel comfortable posting his picture:     But I’m not a brave sort, so I blurred him and then pixelated him (with Lunapic). I will be waiting until I’ve seen his Pooh face all over the place!

Here’s the sign-up link if the image above doesn’t work:

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024.


75 thoughts on “Teacher-Authors: Here’s What’s Going on at my Education Blog

  1. Great info Jacqui. Thank you! Out of curiosity I checked and found that Winnie the Pooh was first published in 1926. Remarkable storytelling considering it continues to be relevant today, almost a hundred years later, with newer generations logging into it.

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  2. Great info, Jacqui! I also learned most US government orgs like National Park Service have free images we can use, too, especially if you need animals and scenery. Library of Congress has an entire site dedicated to royalty-free public domain images: Before WP added pexels, I used and still use Unsplash (note I don’t use these for any photo challenges). Sadly, Shutterstock crept into Unsplash and commandeered many good ones. Thanks for sharing this copyright info!

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  3. I’m always leery about using any images other than Pixabay, Jacqui. It takes some research to make sure the ones selected are free to use and what kind of attribution they need. Thanks for sharing the Public Domain Review. 😀

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  4. This is good information. I do follow these guys somewhat and it is interesting.
    There are strange things about Winnie The Pooh since Disney used it and I would not be sure which images you could use or not.

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    • This is amazing stuff. I used to think anything really worthwhile would be protected even after its day, but that’s not true. Don’t know why but there are amazing creative works now available to all.


  5. For learning how to write, masterworks in the public domain allow teachers and students to share aha moments and content without concern for violating copyrights.

    For example, a deep dive into L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz helped me see how traditional story structure enriched the story. A fun study that opened my eyes to the use of public domain literature and art. Because everything used was in the public domain, I included in my posts W. W. Denslow’s gorgeous artwork and an image of the book’s original cover.

    If anyone is interested, I’ve included a link to the first of six posts in the series (

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    • Creators can extend their copyright. They only go into the public domain if the owners allow it (or forget to do something!). I think that works well though I’d love to see what other countries do.


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