Google image searches, and others like it, are really cool, but also a bit dangerous. Although there are ways to filter the images, it is sometimes difficult to know which images can be reused or repurposed legally, and how to properly cite them. There is also the occasional problem of inappropriate images appearing in searches. Photos for Class is a website that addresses both of these problems.
There are tons of ways to search for Creative Commons images, but Photos for Class is really slick. The Creative Commons license is a way for people to share their work and at the same time specify how it can be used in easy-to-understand language. Here’s another site that describes best practices for Creative Commons attribution. When you download an image from Photos for Class, a proper citation is included in the image and ready to be inserted into your students’ presentation or project. Below is a description from the Photos for Class website and an example.
"Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. Plus, they want accurate image citations. We’ve heard you and created “Photos For Class” to meet your needs for images!"
- Age Appropriate Images - All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flicker SafeSearch and our proprietary filters - Read More
- Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms - Read More
- Creative Commons - All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use
About information and image from:
Prototypes, Clever. The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!. Photos For Class, n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2016.