external image google+imagesFor better or worse, **Google Images** is the first place that a lot of people go to find images. The problem with this until now has been that you could not easily filter results by licensing rights. Today, **Google introduced** a new image search filter that will allow you to filter image search results by usage rights. To use the new usage rights filter option, select "advanced image search" on the main Google Images page. Once in the "advanced image search" page, you will find the usage rights options at the bottom of the page. In the usage rights menu you can select one of four options; "labeled for reuse," "labeled for commercial reuse," "labeled for reuse with modification," or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification."
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Applications for Education
The new usage rights filter for Google Image search is a great feature to introduce to your students. The filtering options are written in such a way that it is very clear which images students can or cannot use in the creation of their digital presentations.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
**Find Creative Commons Images on Yahoo Search**
**Compfight - Creative Commons Image Search**
**William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource**

Contributed by: Free Technology for Teachers

Check out Big Huge Labs to convert digital photos to a variety of different tools: maps, jigsaws, trading cards.


Found a fun site for creating animation. It has a great tutorial that walks your though the process. Very easy and fun to use! It even has Underdog—my hero!! www.goanimate.com

Collage Builder


Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound (Mostly!)

for Use in Media Projects and Web Pages, Blogs, Wikis, etc.

Most of the media in these collections are attached to generous copyright licensing. Though you may not need to ask permission to use them when publishing on the Web for educational purposes, you should cite or attribute these images to their creators unless otherwise notified! If you see any copyright notices on these pages, read them for further instructions.
Note: always check individual licensing notices before publishing on the Web or broadcasting!

To explore new trends copyright licensing, view these presentations:

Major Portals

  • Kitzu is a resource for copyright friendly digital resources that students can use to create digital projects. Kitzu provides "kits" of images, videos, documents, and audio clips organized thematically. You can browse the Kitzu kits by subject and by grade level.

  • Morgue File sounds like a website that would feature weird photos and images, but actually it's just an odd name for a good website that provides free photos. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating.
  • Resize Image is a simple web-based tool for resizing images. You do not have to create an account or provide any type of information in order to use Resize Image. Simply upload an image, select the size that you would like it to be, click "save changes" and Resize Image does the rest. Once your image is resized you have the option of downloading it to your computer, cropping it, or resizing it again. Resize Image accepts JPEG and PNG files. The service is quick even with very large, high definition images.

  • 360 Cities, a panoramic image collection that I've written about in the past, now publishes an embed code with each image. This is a great improvement to the service as it will allow students and teachers greater flexibility when building virtual tours. The imagery in 360 Cities, as you will see in the image below, is much better than that typically found in Google's Street View imagery.

  • WP Clipart -nearly 24,000 safe public domain images.

Other portals (some subject-specific)