I believe that it’s important for us to teach/remind students to make sure that they have permission before selecting and using an image that they find online. Remind students that just because something is posted on the internet doesn’t mean it’s okay for them to download and use it.
My favorite website for children to use is Photos for Class. The reason that I like this website best, is because the photo source is automatically posted on the image, so children don’t have to do an additional step to site the image. This is especially great for children in lower elementary. Sometimes, however, children have trouble finding images on Photos for Class. This is especially frustrating for students who have done the same search at home, in Google Images, where there are many more results.
My second favorite search tool is Google Advanced Image Search. Google Advanced Image Search searches the world wide web. You can filter out explicit results, and narrow your results to images that you are free to use and share. See the image below to find those settings.
Once you find an image on the web, you have to check the permission images to see what is required of you to use this image. You are usually required to cite the sources, and sometimes, to hyperlink to the original image. Some images are in the public domain and do not need to be cited.
There are a number of other specialty websites that help you find images that you have permission to use.
- Creative Commons Search lets you search specific sites or databases for images, and other multimedia that are Creative Commons licensed.
- Wikimedia Commons is a collection of user submitted images that anyone can use.
- Flickr Creative Commons lets you find images that Flickr users have licensed for reuse using Creative Commons.
- Tech for Learning is a library of images especially curated for educational use
- UN World Library is a collection of historical images from the Library of Congress and UNESCO about our world.
- Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress is a collection of historical images from the Library of Congress
- Free Photo sites is a directory of images collected from the world wide web, free for non-commercial use. Attribution is necessary for these images.
- Trek Earth is a website that encourages people to learn about the world through photography. Images are organized by locations where they were taken.
- Realia Project is a collection of images and media collected by faculty for use in learning and teaching modern languages.
- Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon is a selection of images specifically curated to support language learning. They bill themselves as “the source for authentic images for language learning.
- Morgue File lets users (creatives) share photos for other people to use in creative endeavors. The website also indexes images from other sites.