Using Images in Your Projects

J2 Training - Joan Gore & Janet Corder

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Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand has created a video regarding the use of digital images in your projects. Click here to view the video on You Tube.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons by The Edublogger

CC Image Search by @digichica

Using Digital Images – An Educator’s Guide - by The EdTech Hub

Flickr has created a guide that explains the types of Creative Commons images.

Where Can I Find Images?

Creative Commons Search - Find images you can use, edit and share.
Photos for Class - This site from Storyboard That includes age-appropriate images and automatically includes a citation for each image.
Pics-4-Learning - The images on this site are copyright-free for teachers and students to use in an educational setting.
Open Clipart - This site includes free vector clip art.
Unsplash - Every 10 days, 10 new high-resolution photos are added to the site. You are free to use the photos for any purpose.
Pixabay - Thousands of high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics are included on this website.
The Noun Project - This website aggregates and catalogs symbols that have been created and uploaded by graphic designers.
Plixs - Thousands of high quality free photos with Creative Commons License
7 Excellent Resources for Public Domain Pictures Every Teacher Should Know About by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
The New York Library Digital Collections - The New York Public Library recently digitized more than 180,000 high-resolution images, which can download for free. Check out the images from Ellis Island or letters from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Google Advanced Image Search - This advanced search tool allows you to tailor your search results by image color, size and file type and more. You can also choose block inappropriate pictures and specify usage rights.
Makerbook - This site is a directory of the best free digital resource, including photographs, textures, graphics and more.
New Old Stock includes a collection of vintage photographs from the public archives and they are free of known copyright restrictions.

A Step by Step Guide on How to Find Flickr CC Licensed Images to Use in Class - Shows how to use the Flickr search features

Discovery Education Clip Art - Hundreds of clip art and animations

Let's Take a Look at Shutterfly

Classroom Share Sites by Shutterfly are free private websites where teachers and parents can upload photos and videos and share with others. The site can be managed from an app on your mobile device which means you can add photos to the shared site when on a field trip! Free, unlimited photo storage!
Example Site
iPhone App
Android App

Shutterfly PhotoStory - iPad app motivates and empowers students to create self-published books

Video on How to Make a PhotoStory Book

Five Time Saving Tips Video

How one teacher uses PhotoStory Book

iPad App

Copyright Free Photos

These images were taken by Janet or Joan and you are free to use them in your classroom.

Finding and Citing Images in Google Research

Google Research includes a feature that allows users to perform searches for images, place the image in a Google Document and have the image cited in various formats in a footnote.
  • Open a Google Doc
  • Select Tools
  • Click Research
  • Type in your topic in the search box
  • Click the triangle under the search window to choose the desired citation format
  • Change the image filter option to Free to use, share or modify, even commercially
  • Use the drop-down menu to change the citation format
  • Drag the image over to the Doc
  • The citation will be at the bottom of the page as a footnote

BeFunky Photo Editor

BeFunky is a free photo-editing website that is very easy to navigate.
The BeFunky app is available in the IOS App Store or from Google Play Store. Both can be uploaded here.

Create Your Own Stock Photos is a blog post about using BeFunky.

Ideas for Taking Photos to Use in Your Class

Take pictures of:

  • flowers
  • cloud formations
  • signs
  • animals
  • community buildings
  • community workers
  • forms of transportation
  • people in different careers
  • sports equipment
  • fruits and vegetables in the grocery store or a market
  • old tombstones

Adobe Spark App and Website (formerly Adobe Slate)

Adobe Spark App (free) and Adobe Spark Website - Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story. Your Spark web story gets its own URL and can be shared via text message, email, posted on social media accounts or embedded on blogs or personal websites. Students can upload and use their own images or they can do a Creative Commons image search within in the app. The presentation will include a citation for the images used from the Creative Commons search.


The Colorado River



Adobe Spark Information by Learning in Hand


Photomyne Scan photos. Position the camera directly over your album pages or a few photos scattered on a table and start taking photos, one after the other.


Dreamscope Turn your pictures into paintings. Give your selfie the brush strokes and coloring of a Picasso or Van Gogh!

Adobe Capture App

Adobe Capture (free) allows you to turn a photo into a color theme, look, vector graphic or unique brush that can be used in projects. One of our favorite tips for using Adobe Capture is the ability to create a color palette/scheme to use in your projects when you see a color in an advertisement or product that you like. Just point the camera at the product or ad, give the scheme a title and you have a palette of the colors to help you with your designs!

Google Play Store

Adobe Post IOS App

Adobe Post (free and in-app purchases) is used to easily create professional-looking graphics. Pick a photo, add text and apply design filters to create your design.

Typorama App

Typorama (free) - Easily create eye-catching graphics on your phone or tablet with this app!
Click here for a tutorial.

Canva Graphic Design (

Canva is not a presentation tool, however, it is very helpful when trying create professional-looking and creative presentations. Canva is an online graphic design tool that is simple to use to create your own logos, banners, etc. to use in your presentations. There are both free and paid images available, but you should be able to find enough free images to create a professional-looking graphic.

Canva Tutorials
A Simple Video Guide to Canva
Create Amazing Images with Ease

Write About This IOS App

Write About This ($3.99) includes 125 categorized images and 375 text+voice prompts to get your students writing creatively. Students can upload their own images or use the images included in the app.

Animoto ( and Videolicious

Animoto for Education is one of the original sites that allow you to create videos from your photos, videos and audio files. Your students will find many creative ways to use this program! Make sure you go to Animoto education because teachers don’t have to pay to use Animoto! (WEB or APP)
Meet Mr. Clark
Civil Rights Examples
Careers - Journalist
Careers - Flight Attendant

Videolicious is an app that makes it very simple to create videos from the pictures on your device. (APP)
Blog Post & Video Example - Physics

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