Visual & Media Literacy


  • Alternatives to Google Images Chart Click to download
  • Every Stock Photo. 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.
  • Guide to finding copyright-friendly media for use in classroom projects
  • Photos for Class is a free Creative Commons image search engine. The service is designed to help students find and accurately cite images. Images downloaded through Photos for Class have proper attributions automatically added to them. This service is now available in Edmodo too.
    Photos for Class can be found in the Edmodo app store. The app is free. You can install Photos for Class Edmodo app with just a couple of clicks. Once installed all of your students can start searching for and downloading Creative Commons licensed images.
  • this directory Here is a comprehensive directory of free image sources compiled by The Edublogger. This collection is specifically created to help teachers, educators and students have instant access to a wide variety of web resources where they can search for and access free images.
  • Pixabay 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. 
  • 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. 
  • John W. Mosley was a photo journalist in Philly from the 1930s - 1960s.  He worked for the black newspapers and chronicled the lives of black Americans during very turbulent decades.  His collection lives online at Temple University. These are some WONDERFUL images that show alternate sides of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as ordinary black Americans going about their daily lives.
  • Flickr Commons  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.
  • Pic4Carto is a site that lets you browse for street level images 
  • mageCodr generates properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that you find on Flickr. Once you've found a Flickr image that you want to use just paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator to get a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution.
  • allows you download and re-use low-resolution images without restriction. To download and re-use high-resolution images you need to publish a credit to the creator of the image. To help you meet the requirement of crediting the photographer, offers a simple chart that outlines how to credit the creator of an image. The left side of the chart lists the ways the images can be used and how to credit the photographer for each use case.
  • Creative Commons: After you use the search box Google results will appear > click on the option "search only pages that are free to use" > click on the images link at the top of the window Educators guide to Creative Commons
  • More videos on how to use Creative Commons
    • Google Creative Commons Search Option Choose Google Image Search > Advanced Options > User Rights
    • Flickr Creative Commons Search Option > Advanced > scroll to bottom of window
  • Photo Pin is a new website offering images that can be re-used for blog entries, video productions, slideshows, and print media. Photo Pin uses a combination of Flickr's API for Creative Commons search and Fotolia's image library to serve-up royalty-free images. The search results page on Photo Pin clearly delineates between images that are free to use and images that you have to purchase.
  • The George Eastman Museum -- of Eastman-Kodak fame -- is digitizing 250,000 images from the collection to go online!  There are some truly fantastic images in this collection.  And, yes, there is a whole section on technology and another on moving images! 

    Info about the project:

    Link to the Museum Collection:
  • Openclipart. You can search thousands of images and use any of them for free. Every single image is public domain, so they don’t even require you to give attribution. Though, it still could be a good idea to label public domain images you use as public domain so that others know you did not steal it.
  • Pixabay. It has clipart and photographs. Just like Openclipart, images on Pixabay are all published as public domain. You can copy, modify, and distribute these images, all without asking permission and without giving attribution

  • Free Tiiu Pix is a site maintained by a retired teacher, Tiiu Roiser. The purpose of the site is to provide students with hundreds of free, high resolution images that they can use in their presentations. In addition to the free images Ms. Roiser provides some good advice to students about designing and delivering better PowerPoint presentations. Free Tiiu Pix has a good system of categories and labels that will help students quickly find images that are suitable for their presentations. There are sixteen main categories on the site and dozens of subcategories. The two largest categories are the plants and animals categories. 
  • ImageQuiz This  tool allows you to create quizzes around images. ImageQuiz has several predefined quizzes that you can use with images but you can also create your own quizzes based on images you want.
  • Humanline is a new (beta) site that I just found out about from a promotional email.  This is a great site for educational photos for a wide variety of subjects, such as: art, history, science etc.  There are over 2,000 images that are free to download and members can join and upload their own photos.
  • Google Life Project; A Resource of Great Images to Use in Classroom Google Life Archive is a wonderful resource of historical images. It features millions of searchable photographs from the Life photo archive stretching from the 1750s to the present day.
  • U.S. National Gallery of Art hosts more than 25,000 images of famous and not-so-famous works of art. Nearly all of the images can be downloaded and re-used for free. NGA Images also allows you to register and create online collections of images. The collections are called lightboxes. When you find an image in NGA Images click on the magnifying glass icon to enlarge it and learn more about it. Clicking the magnifying glass icon launches a pop-up box that contains an enlargement of the image, information about the artist who created the artwork, and an option to search for related images.
  • - A place to publish and store video, audio and other media that you create!
  • - Use this to search for photos taken in specific geographic areas for illustrating a WebQuest, for example! A collection of over 23,000 photos from around the world and over 4300 cities are represented. You can search by city, country, or category.
  • Veezle free stock photo search engine
  • American Photography: A Century of Images (PBS series)
  • One place to start is right here on! You can search or browse more than 1,000 Website Reviews to locate resources on specific topics, time periods, or keywords. The websites in this collection have been reviewed for quality, content, and accessibility. Websites should let you know what you’ll find on each site, from texts and images to audio and video.
  • Fotopedia is a collaborative photo encyclopedia that hosts high-quality images whose subjects are matched to Wikipedia articles. For subjects that don't have a Wikipedia entry the community can build one. Some images are linked to a map so that you can see where the image was taken.
  • Nations Illustrated - Site showcases pictures from around the world with over 7,000 photos in its collection.
  • 11 Ways to Find Panoramic Pictures
  • Pictures From Old Books - A unique collection of over 800 images scanned from old books that are public domain (copyright-free or out of copyright)
  • Smithsonian Wild is a new Smithsonian website that houses more than 200,000 images of animals in the wild.
  • Yellowstone National Park Digital Photographs - Over 12,000 images, by category, taken in YNP.
  • Life Magazine Photo Gallery
  • - A collection of photos sorted by basic colors instead of the usual categories. White, however, is a "everything else" category.
  • - Image collections that can be use in web design projects. Each collection features a group of 15 images that share a common theme.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery - NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 450,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.

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