Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tools and Resources to Find Licensed Images for your Classroom Use

It is highly important that you teach your students the ethical use of images they find online. Be it on their classroom blog, personal website or any other multimedia project involving the use of images, students need to know that not every image they find online is free to use. There are some images that are copyright protected which means that their original owners require permission before using them. Using such copyrighted images without permissions leads to what is called" copyright infringement " a serious offence to the owner of the real work .

However, there are several places where students can look for and find Creative Commons images. Creative Commons (CC ) is a committee that grants people  licenses for sharing their work. For instance content in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is licensed under Creative Commons which means that you can use it somewhere else , for non commercial purposes provided you properly attribute it. Attributing means putting back a link to the original page where you took the content. The same goes on to the CC images, students can still  use them  but they need to attribute them by adding a caption featuring the original owner of the image.

Related : Excellent Resources for Teachers to Teach about Copyright

Watch this video to learn more about Creative Commons

Below are some of the websites you can use to look for free and licensed images :

1- Flicker CC

This is my favorite website when looking for licensed images. I have included a guide below from Morris that will walk you through the process of how to use FlickCC to find licensed images.

Check out this great two pages guide from Melbourne university to learn more on how to searcg Google images that are licensed under Creative Commons

3- Wikimedia Commons

This is another great place where you can have access to thousands of images licensed under creative commons.

4- Morguefile

Morguefile is an ideal website where you can have access to thousands of free images to use in your classroom projects. The images are organized into different categories and you ve got to use the search box to look for the ones you want.

5- Photo8

This site provides  thousands of quality stock photos which are available in free license and extended license (high quality digital images at unbelievable prices) for your personal, educational, and commercial use.

6- World Images Kiosk

This website contains approximately 100,000 images that are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution. The images can be located using many search techniques on the left hand toolbar, from QuickSearch to Advanced and ADA Searches. For convenience, the images are organized into over 900 portfolios that appear alphabetically in the Portfolio List.

7- Wylio

Wylio is another cool website full of free images for bloggers. It is basically an image  search engine designed to help you quickly find, cite, and use Creative Commons licensed images.

8- Teachers Guide to how to Search for Licensed Google Images

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