One of my favorite words in the English language is free. When it comes to technology and education, there are so many free tools available for teachers, learners, and bloggers.
K. Renae P. Note:
1. Educators should always provide the source of classroom and digital tools including images and videos. The students want to know, and you are modeling the importance of citing your sources. Also, please use these tools ethically and with integrity. It is inappropriate (and in many cases illegal) to use these images for some sort of profit and/or claim the rights to another person’s work as your own.
2. On websites and blogs you should (and in many cases you must) disclose where you retrieved your media. Whether you use the media on your school website or personal/professional blog, you need to give credit to the media’s owner. You may even need to provide a link back to the owner. It isn’t a big deal or hard to do.
If you are working with students, it is a rookie mistake not to have your images and videos previewed and downloaded (if possible) ahead of time. How I’ve come to know this is not important.
Real Images (for the most part)
Note: All websites hosts images that are either public domain or have a Creative Commons licences. You won’t need a subscription with any of these sites(as of the date this post was published). Also, I did not link to sites that are lousy with ads and pop-ups because I hate those sites.
- This collection contains thousands of images and historical artifacts.
- If you click Browse the Collections on the side menu, you will see an organized list of all the portfolios on the site.
- Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. You have access to many image and media sites like Wikimedia Commons, Flicker, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Pixabay that offer high quality images.
- You can use CC to safely find free images, music, video, and other media.
- Foter allows you to search, manage and add free stock photos to blogs, forums, websites and other online media. They host over 190 million free Creative Commons images from many online sources.
- GRIN is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes.
- After you search, make sure you scroll down to see your results.
- Vintage photos from the public archive
- Photo Pin is a free tool that helps users find beautiful photos for blogs and websites using Creative Commons licensing.
- Free stock photos
- PhotoEverywhere has more than 3000 images online ready for instant, free download. All images have been made available free of charge under a creative commons license – see each image page for attribution details.
- All of the photos, pictures, clipart, and images on Photos Public Domain have been released into the public domain.
- A lot of cool, high-quality landform and nature pictures (Hint: Scroll down to see images.)
- The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
- This website is comprehensive and deep.
- The National Archives has joined Flickr to share images of National Archives archival photographs and documents (primary sources!) in a new way with National Archives researchers, potential researchers, educators, and the public.
- It’s easier to search by albums. They have a lot of good stuff.
- Teacher Resources
- The Archives has awesome tools and learning resources for educators to help students engage and analyze primary documents. Check out DocsTeach, eBooks, HistoryPins on Google Maps, iTunes U, and Document Analysis Worksheets (these are very, very good).
Videos for the Classroom
- Disney’s collection of K-12 videos
- Edutopia’s library of videos showcases innovation and evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools, and you can see their core strategies and key topics in action in real classrooms.
- Izzit provides classroom teachers with FREE educational videos videos designed to promote critical thinking skills and respectful debate among students.
- Izzit also provides home educators with free videos. They just ask that home educators send them feedback.
- NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections.
- Large collection of videos, games, and interactive tools from around the internet.
- Teaching Channel’s is a place where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow.
- TED has created a library of lessons to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way.
- My post, Underwater Astonishments, gives an idea on how the lessons work.
What are some of your favorite websites for free, appropriate media? Want to check out some more great online resources? Check the Quick Links page.
Keyboard image via Dlimadesign on Pixabay.
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