Tuesday, August 6, 2013

5 Good Places for Students to Find Public Domain Images

On a fairly regular basis I'm asked for suggestions on places to find public domain images. I have a handful of go-to sites that I usually recommend.

Pixabay is currently my first recommendation for a place to find and download quality public domain images. You can search on Pixabay by using keywords or you can simply browse through the library of images. When you find an image you can download it in the size that suits your needs. Registered users do not have to enter a captcha code to download images. Users who do not register can download images, but they do have to enter a captcha code before downloading each picture. 

Every Stock Photo is a search engine for public domain and Creative Commons licensed pictures. When you search on Every Stock Photo it pulls images from dozens of sources across the web. If you click on an image in your search results you will be taken to a larger version of the image, a link to the source, and the attribution requirements for using that picture. 

The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating. You will find a mix of images that don't require attribution along with some that do require attribution so pay attention to the labels that come with each picture. Morgue File is more than just a source for free images. The Morgue File also features a "classroom" where visitors can learn photography techniques and get tips about image editing.

Each time that I visit it the Flickr Commons collection seems to have grown. The Commons contains images that have been contributed by more than five dozen libraries and museums around the world. The images are mostly historical in nature.

Bing has an option for finding public domain images. To access this setting go to Bing Images, enter your search term, then use the "license" menu to select public domain images. One thing to note about using Bing Images with elementary and middle school students is, depending upon what students search for, some of the "related" images and search suggestions might not always be appropriate for classrooms.

Three Good Advanced Search Options for Students

Over the weekend I shared an idea for combining the reading level and domain level refinement tools in Google. Doing this can help your students find materials that are appropriate for their reading abilities. A few people have pointed out to me that I neglected to include how to access the advanced search tools in Google. To remedy that I recorded the following screencast to demonstrate how to access the advanced search tools in Google.

What Is Needed for 7 Billion People?

Earlier today I shared three ways to look at the world as a village. Those infographics try to help us see the world in numbers that we can relate to. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have to consider the challenges posed by a global population that now exceeds seven billion people. The National Geographic video embedded below gives a quick overview of how the population grew to nearly 7 billion and the challenges presented by a population of 7 billion.

Applications for Education
Before showing the video to your students you might want to share a couple of other National Geographic videos that attempt to help us understand how big seven billion really is. One of those National Geographic videos is about the space needed to host a party for seven billion people. How Big Is 7 Billion? video attempts to put seven billion into terms we can relate to. After watching all of these short videos ask your students to develop and propose their own responses to the challenges presented by a growing population.

Tweet #ClassDojoLove to Enter To Win an iPad Mini

The popular student behavior tracking service ClassDojo is currently running a contest in which you could win an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 just for Tweeting about how you use or plan to use ClassDojo. To enter simply post a Tweet a response to this question: what learning habits, behaviors, or skills do you want to build with your students this year? Use the hashtag #classdojolove in the Tweet and you're entered. You can read more about the promotion here.

About ClassDojo
ClassDoJo is a free online service for recording and generating data about your students' behaviors. To get started using ClassDoJo you create class lists and select the behaviors that you want to track. Then assign each behavior as a negative or positive behavior. Once you have created your class lists and selected behaviors to track, actually tracking behaviors is quite easy.

To track your students' behaviors just sign-in, select your class, and start marking student names with positive or negative points. When you mark with positives or negatives you can state the reason by selecting from the menu of behaviors that you created while creating your ClassDoJo lists. You can use your computer or your mobile device to make entries in your ClassDoJo account.

Students can view their records by signing into their records through secret Clas DoJo codes assigned to them. Parents can have reports about their children sent to them by you.

Applications for Education
One good use of ClassDojo is projecting the "positive behaviors only" screen while giving out positive recognition at the end of the school day. I've also had a conversation with a high school teacher who is using ClassDojo as a way to award points for participation in classroom discussions as the discussion are happening. And if students are logged-in to their accounts they can track their progress too.

FTC Disclosure: In 2012 ClassDojo ran an ad campaign on Free Technology for Teachers. I do not currently have any financial or in-kind relationship with ClassDojo.

Three Ways To Look At The World As A Village

A couple of days ago I read an article by Ryann Warlick about an infographic displaying the world as 100 people. I've seen infographics like this before and you probably have too. Ryann used the infographic as the basis for helping students think about identifying people that they can help. I encourage you to read the short article

The challenge in using infographics to spark conversation in your classroom is that a visual that appeals to you may not appeal to your students. Therefore, after looking at the infographic Ryann shared I went to Visual.ly and found two other infographics that speak to the same idea of the world as a small village. Those infographics are included below along with the one Ryann Warlick posted.

The World as 100 People
by JackHagley.
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If the World Were 100 People
by KVSStudio.
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The World as a Village
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