How often do you look for images for classroom projects, presentations, blogs and websites? But of course you are concerned that you don’t want to use images in your work you may not have permission to use. Using a search engine like Google to find an image does not tell you whether it is free for your use. You could use an image search tool such as Flickr (and this post shows how to find images where users have given permission to use them, and also shows tps for how to easily attribute the images used).
Many people now upload images and apply a Creative Commons licence to their images granting use to others – for a full explanation of what that means, as well as a link to a Creative Commons image search tool, click here.
What does Creative Commons mean? – this is a visual infographic poster about what the various types of Creative Commons licences mean for users of images with each designation.
Simple CC Flickr Search is a search tool by John Johnston for user-uploaded shared images on Flickr where the images have been uploaded by users as being Creative Commons – on this search site all you do is enter the search term, then choose your selected image, and the embed code which appears for your use on a website or blog or elsewhere will include automatic attribution text for that image to the source of the image. There is also a Stamp tool which lets you copy the image with a panel along the bottom which provides the source attribution – useful for adding to print documents. And in addition when you find an image there is a link to further edit the image in an online image editor.
And below are some image collections for education – each site clearly states how the images can be used, and how they should be credited. And they all have categories of images as well as being searchable.
http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic98.htm Teacher Tap resources – this provides links to a variety of Public Domain, Copyright Free, Open Source, and Student Use Images and Media. Not all the resources are copyright free, but most allow student to use and cite the projects in their assignments. Read the copyright sections at each site to determine exact restrictions. The site also links to http://www.pdimages.com/web9.htm which provides a useful guide to the use of images and the law in the USA – while details vary from country to country the guide provides useful information to consider.
http://imagebase.davidniblack.com/main.php Image Base – collection of free to use high-quality images in searchable categories by David Niblack. You can use the images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free. All you have to do is attribute the creator David Niblack.
http://www.openclipart.org/ Open Clipart Library – an free to use searchable archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use. Search by category or use the serach box to find what you need.
http://www.school-clip-art.com/The clip art images you find at School-Clip-Art.com are provided free for educational use. Teachers can use them for worksheets, Lesson Plans, Quizzes, Web sites, and other classroom needs. Pupils can use them for their homework assignments and Web sites too. When using clip art users are asked toprovide a link back to http://www.school-clip-art.com giving credit for the clip art used.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/ The Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com has a wide range of images by Mark A. Hicks. Permission is granted to download no more than ten different clip art images for non-revenue-producing use on hard copy documents or on Web sites with the following restrictions: Any reproduction must be unaltered from its original downloaded form. This includes, but is not limited to, colouring, cropping, or editing. Any use of clip art images on Web sites must credit Discoveryschool.com and include a link to the Discoveryschool.com Web site. Credit must read – “Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com”
http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/clipart/ an extensive collection of links to websites of clip art for education by Chris Smith. Each collection is described along with helpful comments about the type of collection and conditions of use of each site.
http://www.edupic.net/index.html EduPic – William Vann’s Graphical Resource of free photographs and graphics for education. All of the images are free to use by teachers and their pupils without seeking specific permission. This is a teacher-designed free resource for teachers and pupils.
http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/An extensive list of copyright-friendly resources with helpful guidance about uses of images in projects.
http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin specifically for your classroom, newsletters, or wherever you can find a non-profit use. Grouped in categories, or by A-Z or searchable.
Pics4Learning http://www.pics4learning.com/ is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and pupils. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Permission has been granted for teachers and pupils to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection. Pics4Learning is developed as part of the Partners in Education program by Tech4Learning, and the Orange County Public Schools Technology Development Unit.
http://bevevans22.posterous.com/ Bev Evans has created a site full of images, which she has created free for use by schools, in a variety of categories, by curricular area, topic, seasonal or current events.
The E2BN / NEN Gallery is a community resource, built and maintained by the education community for the education community. http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/index.php The Gallery is a growing collection containing around 52,000 Image, Audio and Video resources covering a wide range of topics relevant to the curriculum. Its purpose is to provide a free repository of high quality materials copyright cleared for use in teaching and learning.
All of the resources in the gallery are archived at the highest quality available so they can be used on whiteboards, printed materials, animations and for any other educational application. Medium resolution versions of every file are also made available for review and preview. All of the resources are copyright cleared so they can be downloaded, edited and re-purposed for educational use, both within the classroom and at home. The gallery is free to browse and explore online, the resources are browsable by topic and searchable by keyword, phase and subject. As the resource is web-based it can be accessed at school and at home by teachers and pupils. Everything placed within the gallery is moderated before being made live by a team of regional moderators and trusted educational professionals.
There is a teacher’s area that contains guidance documentation, copyright information and case studies of use. By registering users can create and save their own collections, create slideshows of content, and submit resources for moderation and publication.
Stock.xchng is a free to use searchable database of around 400,000 photographs – all free. You can browse through categories or type in the search box to find the image you wish.
Pikwizard – free images library – over 100000 completely free images. The site has a search option to quickly find what’s needed, or you can use the category sections to narrow the range of images or you can browse the images. Clicking on any image in the gallery will bring up a page for that image where you can download straight away to your device to use in any way as permitted by the clearly stated licence beside each image (eg “Free (free of charge), free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required). Alternatively you can make use of the free online design wizard option which opens your selected image in an online image editor with a range of options so you can adapt the image to suit without having to leave the site. In addition any image you choose has an additional option to use embed code or a simple link) so that you can add the image elsewhere such as a website or blog, automatically including credit to the creator of the image and the site. There is no need to register on the site in order to use the images making it useful for school use (just be aware there are advertising links on the site). This is a useful site for classroom use for all of the reasons above, but an additional feature is that many images include people rather than just objects or scenes, unlike many free-to-use stock image sites.