If you are looking for sites with copyright friendly, appropriate media for students to use for projects, we would love to share a few tips, in case you were not already familiar.
Probably the easiest way to search for filtered, copyright friendly images is simply by using advanced features of Google’s image search.
1) Search images.google.com like normal.
3) This gives you a variety of advanced settings for the images that Google finds. Your students can find more relevant images by choosing certain sizes, colors, or types (photographs, line art, etc.). But what is most important is under Usage Rights. Select ANY of the Usage Rights options (other than ’Not filtered by license’) and you will find that your results are fewer, but the ones that are left are marked for reuse, therefore definitely more copyright friendly.
* For best results, always save images from a webpage where they are full size and not simply the thumbnails from the Google Image Search results page.
There are many sites where the media is all filtered for reuse.
Our personal favorites for students and teachers include the following:
- http://photosforclass.com (every image automatically contains a citation on the bottom of it!)
- http://pixabay.com (scroll past the featured images in the top rows and every image is public domain - no citation required at all!)
- http://search.creativecommons.org (multiple options for searching for copyright-friendly media, so students can try more than one place)
Here is a much longer list of copyright-friendly media sites here, especially if you are looking for a certain kind of media and a more obscure topic.
Also here is a poster created for an elementary teacher that they could hang in the classroom. It has QR codes to go to a few of the most popular sites so that students can scan the codes and go straight to the image-finding sites.