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Thursday, April 2, 2009

LIFE - Your World in Pictures

I originally wrote about the LIFE collection of images last fall before the site went live. The LIFE website is now live and offering great visual resources appropriate for wide variety of classroom uses. The LIFE pictures website is a the result of a combined effort by LIFE and Getty Images to create a fantastic collection of nearly seven million high quality images. There are five categories and many subcategories of images. The five main categories are News, Celebrity, Travel, Animals, and Sports.

The homepage of LIFE offers slideshows of popular photographs from each of the five photograph categories. The news slideshow offers images of current news as well as "this day in history" images.

Applications for Education
The LIFE collection of images is a great resource for anyone that teaches history and or culture of the 20th century. As a history teacher, I have found that my students remember events better when they can see images of that event. The images could also be used as story starters for a writing assignment.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource
Morgue File - Good Free Images
Find Flickr Images by Location with Where? What? When?

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