Finding images

Learn about and teach your students about citing images and creative commons license

Copyright and creative commons

Find pictures for class

  • Flickr Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. In September 2010, it reported that it was hosting more than 5 billion images.
  • Flickr Ideas and uses

  • Library of Congress Flickr
  • Creative commons
  • Google Images
  • Tag Galaxy
  • Compfight: Flickr picture search tool
  • MFL Image Bank-royalty-free images from Scotland Modern Foreign Languages
  • Pics4learning:Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection
  • Pictures for projects
  • Flickr pictures you can use for projects, etc. (creative commons)
  • Flickr: Creative Common Licensed Photos for VoiceThread
  • Bamjam-great resource of pictures from around the world.
  • Virtourist-pictures and information from around the world
  • Free public clipart
  • FlickRiver A new way to view Flickr photos and more.. view images as a 'river of photos'.
  • FlickRiver tutorial
  • Google Image Swirl: Thanks to: Blogging about the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom (
  • This is another one that is new but very cool. In Swirl, Google has combined the regular ol' Image Search and Similar Images into one, visually appealing product.
    Take for example the search term Washington DC. What you get are sets of images related to DC.
    external image washington.png
    external image washington.png
    So you see some major monuments, people and events. If you click a set you get a swirl of related images. So for example if we click the image of the Washington Monument we get a new set of images that are all related.

    external image washington+monument.png
    external image washington+monument.png
    The images in that set can be drilled down to further and further related images. Swirl is interesting. It's a pretty cool way to find images on a specific topic and find related images. While not every search will return a swirl I expect this app to grow and get better over the next year.