With the use of more and more digital tools in the classroom, teachers are finding a greater need for digital images students can use safely and securely in. This post is dedicated to showing teachers where to find such images. I suggest you check them out, bookmark them on student devices, and continue to monitor students use of such photo sites, but with a better since of trust and security than simply releasing students onto Google or other search engines.
First, I will share with you some great sites that can be used from any device. Then I will wrap up with photo search possibilities within certain online production tools you may already be using in your classroom.
Great Websites for Free Creative Commons Images.
What I love most about this site is that each pictures comes with an attached citing. It allows, especially younger students to learn the importance of citing resources and how important giving credit can be. Students simply search the site for a picture in the search bar, download or save the image to their device, and grab it from the download or photos folder. The credits are embedded right on the image.
Here’s an example:
This site includes some beautiful images for student and teacher use. The pictures are not cited and require no credit for personal or commercial use, but teaching students to copy the url to cite their source could be done easily. Here is an example from this site.
This site also allows you to use any of their photos for personal or commercial use. Again they are beautiful images from amazing photographers. Here’s an example from this site. This site however does suggest you give credit to the photographer, but that is up to you. It’s a small price to pay to get access to such beautiful photos.
This site also contains hundreds of Creative Commons images as well. Some photos though do require a purchase in order to use and are marked with a watermark for this purpose. If you run into only images with watermarks try searching under another search word. Sometimes CC pictures will come up under different search options. Here is an image from their site.
There are other sites out there, but I’ve found that many of them contain images that are not school safe.
Pixabay is another great free use image site, but I would caution having students search it unsupervised. I would suggest finding the images and downloading them for students from the site ahead of time.
Here is an image from this site.
These pictures do not need to be cited or given credit.
When using a Chromebook, laptop, or desktop add these sites to your bookmarks for easy access!
When using an iPad add them to your home screen as an icon for easy access!
Open the website and click on the share icon.
Click on the Add to Home Screen button.
The site will be placed on your home screen as an icon with the name of the website under it.
Then students will have all the images they need right at their fingertips!
But Wait…There’s More…
Other Free Use Image Locations for Teachers and Students
Google Tools Image Search
When students are working in Google Docs and Google Slides they can search for images using the Explore feature. Simply click on the icon.
A search bar will appear
Simply type in the name of the image and it will locate Creative Commons images.
So unlock the power of free use images for you and your students! Time to go create some magical lessons!
Until the next post,