Six Sites for Sourcing free-to-use Images

Finding quality images that are also free-to-use for that all important presentation can be a time consuming process, so here are my top six sites for saving time on finding that perfect image.

Looking(Image by Ryan McGuire, freely available on Gratisography)

  1. Gratisography: I was first put on to this site via a Twitter chat with a library contact in York (thanks Ned!). All of the images on the site are taken by Ryan McGuire under a Creative Commons 0 licence and are all high resolution photographs (so you don’t get images that are too pixelated like you do from some other sites). The main drawback is the number of images on there – a basic search returns some good images, but if you’re looking for something fairly niche you’re likely to struggle.
  2. Unsplash: Also a Creative Commons 0 site which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash. If Chrome happens to be your browser of choice there’s also a handy extension you can add to get quicker access to the site. To get all the latest news and images from the site you can also follow them on Twitter and other social media channels.
  3. Pixabay: My colleague, Esther Barrett, absolutely loves this site and it’s easy to see why. With over 620,000 free stock photos there’s plenty to explore and the search options are relatively sophisticated (the site uses Boolean logic and there are options to specifically search either photos, vector graphics, illustrations or videos; by orientation – vertical or horizontal; pixcel size; and whether you want colour/black and white). Again, all images are available under a Creative Commons 0 licence.
  4. Flickr Creative Commons: No list of image searching sites would be complete without Flickr. Everyone loves Flickr – don’t they? With an estimated 3.5 million images uploaded on a daily basis it’s easy to see why Flickr is often the first stop for researchers and bloggers looking for that all important image. Apps are also available on iOS and Android which is perfect for people on the go.
  5. Haiku Deck: Granted, this is not technically an image search site per se, but more of a site for creating your own presentations. Haiku deck essentially follows the mantra of small amounts of text with large amounts of images with the presenter filling the gaps with the narration. So, why have I included it in this list? Well, Haiku Deck does a great job in linking seamlessly with Flickr to ensure all images embedded in the presentations are under a Creative Commons licence.
  6. Creative Commons Search: Finally, there is of course the search on the Creative Commons.org site itself which draws in free-to-use images from a range of other sites (some of which I’ve already listed above!).

Not an exhaustive list, by any means, so if you have come across any other good ones that you’d recommend feel free to add them to the Comments section below 🙂

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Highlights from the Xerte Conference 2016

Yesterday I attended the Xerte Conference 2016 (#Xerte16) at the University of Nottingham to hear about how Xerte has developed since the transition to the Apereo Foundation and the release of v3.0 and then v3.1 of Xerte Online Toolkits (the full programme from the event is available here). Continue reading Highlights from the Xerte Conference 2016

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Being on the Ball with your Digital Identity

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of my childhood heroes: Johnny Ball, the star of many a Childrens TV show from the late 70s right through to the 90s (remember Think Again or Johnny Ball Reveals All anyone?). For the younger readers who may not be familiar with his work Johnny Ball is perhaps best known for popularising Mathematics with his inimtable approach and style. Continue reading Being on the Ball with your Digital Identity

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Bringing Digital Narratives to Life

I’ve been dipping in and out of the Teaching with Tablets online course on Google Plus recently, delivered by Helen Caldwell and her colleagues at the University of Northampton, and I can strongly recommend it if you’re interested in mobile learning and apps generally. The course is freely available to everyone and has regular tweet chats too (pick up the conversation using #TWT16). Continue reading Bringing Digital Narratives to Life

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Looking to revamp your image?

Right, now I’ve hooked your attention with an ambiguous title, allow me to clarify: in this post I want to explore how you can revamp your image (or indeed images) to create dynamic learning objects. How? By taking a closer look at ThingLink and, more importantly, how you could use it creatively to embed meaningful activities into lessons. Continue reading Looking to revamp your image?

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Gaming Ideas to Teach Digital identity and Wellbeing

I’d like to start off by thanking Sue Beckingham for providing the inspiration for this idea initially. I chanced on a tweet linking to Sue’s great blog post about how you could have students create their own Snakes and Ladders games to raise awareness about their digital profiles on LinkedIn and this sparked an exchange on Twitter about how other gaming elements could be used too. Continue reading Gaming Ideas to Teach Digital identity and Wellbeing

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What is your favourite collaboration tool for learning?

I know, it’s a ridiculously facile question on the surface. With so many options out there it’s difficult to single out just one. Besides, the key consideration has to be what you are trying to achieve with your learners, but that isn’t the only consideration: context is everything. Continue reading What is your favourite collaboration tool for learning?

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“Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you.”

“Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you. It’s right in the middle of your town centre and everyone can see it. What would you want to see on it?” Continue reading “Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you.”

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What does it mean to be digitally capable?

Today I had the pleasure of co-presenting a workshop kindly organised by Emma Thompson at the University of Liverpool with my colleague, Esther Barrett, on what it means to be digitally capable. The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase Jisc’s digital capability framework which (if you haven’t seen it yet) is based on the following six key elements: Continue reading What does it mean to be digitally capable?

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