Today I am giving a workshop on the millions of images available to teachers and students that circumvent the confusing issues related to copyright and “Fair Use”. The following sites supply my blogs and presentations. I have added some comments. Please submit suggestions and comments of your own!
|Saturn photographed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft (Government Work)|
morgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
Our search: “eyes”
Strengths: high resolution, no restrictions on use.
Weaknesses: slim selection, decorative rather than instructive
|Flickr CC photo by Xavier Donat|
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content
Our searches “cat”, “Robert Kennedy Assassination”
(note sound clips)
Strengths: enormous catalog, tremendous for history.
Weaknesses: searches produce shotgun results, favors lapsed copyright images.
Compfight provides searches through Flickr’s millions of Creative Commons photos
Our Searches: “Destruction”, “Wrecking Ball”
Strengths: Tremendous variety; Amazing high resolution selection
Weaknesses: Metadata entered by photographer, making searches tricky; Creative Commons licensing generous, but requires checking.
Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr
Our Search: “War of the Nations 1919”
Visit Library of Congress
Our search: “Civil War”
Flickrcommons Inspired by Library of Congress contributions, it contains tons of pictures from contributing museums and other institutions.
Our Search “Theodore Roosevelt”
Strengths: Fabulous archives, Public Domain
Weaknesses: Except for “collections”, may require painstaking search.
|Public Domain Photo, Library of Congress|
United States Government
History, Arts, Culture
Science & Technology
Defense & International Relations
Strengths: “Government Work” photos are free of copyright; Tremendous source material for Art, Science, Social Studies, English
Weaknesses: Quality, Quantity vary considerably among agencies; Tough to search.
|Edgar Degas, “The Dance Lesson” from the National Gallery|
Workahop conducted by Larry Baker, Associate Principal and Apple Distinguished Educator