Where to find free fotos

PhotosforClass is a fantastic site for images for you and your students. What I love about it is that every picture comes with the attribution framed at the bottom of the image. Makes being a good digital citizen and respecting the property of others as easy as search, click, and download!

Pixabay is one of my favorite go-to sites for beautiful public domain images that I can use for my own projects, or projects with students. Being a good digital citizen means always doing the right thing when online, and using images that are in the public domain is a great way to respect other's property. Though public domain images do not need to be cited, I always have my students credit the owner as well as the site.

Photopin is a great site for images to use on your blog (or any other site) because they are downloadable by the size you need, and they are creative commons which means they are free for you to use as long as you accredit the owner. The best thing about Photopin is the html code that you can embed on your blog that instantly and properly places the photo credit right where you want it!

Flickr Creative Commons
Bring your class to this creative commons website when you need beautiful images that they can use for their digital projects. It's so easy to use and you can teach your students to attribute the image in their Photo Credits at the same time.

Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr
Gathering and using images is often a big part of student projects. Finding and using images that are labeled for reuse (Google images—search tools— labeled for reuse), or are copyright free, or that are made specifically for students and teachers to use can be another story. If you and your students are used to doing this, it's not a big deal, but if they are not, then they need to know which sites to go to. This past July, millions of historical book images were uploaded to Flickr and are now ready to be used freely by you and your students. Take a look— they are pretty cool.

Pics 4 Learning
"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. " Browsable by subject or topic of photo you can find printable images and photos on everything from American Sign Language to the Weather.

Clip art and images to use in your digital storytelling. Talk about paydirt-- this website has links to many, many sites for images and clipart that are free to use with your class. Some sites ask for attribution, others do not but all contain images that abide by the copyright laws.

"Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research." Bookmark this and use with your students when they need to find images that are labeled for reuse with attribution. Teach responsible use and find beautiful images as well!

Creative Commons Search
CCSearch is a way to search for images from other image search engines like Flickr, Wikimedia Commons, Fotopedia and more. Search through CCSearch and images are located through those other sights. Creative Commons Search is not a search engine, but it gives access to these other image search tools. A great way to find the images you need when you need them!

How to Tell Your Story

Want to make an explainer video that looks professionally done? Then look no further than Moovly. Moovly lets you be as creative as you want to be adding text, images, transitions, audio, narration, and more.

Want to make an explainer video in 3 easy steps? MySimpleShow is a new tool that literally does the work for you. Start from a template, from scratch, OR from your uploaded power point and MySimpleShow adds photos based on your text. Switch them up, add your own, or keep as it, you then move on to step 3: adding narration. Again, record your own voice or use theirs and your video is DONE! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Stupeflix is your free online video editing and movie-making tool. Sign up for a free educator account, invite or add up to 100 students, then get started. Upload images and videos, capture from your webcam, add transitions, a soundtrack and hit process. They have an audio library for your use, you can upload your own, or do what I do, go to Youtube's audio library, find what you want, download, upload to Stupeflix, and call it a party!

Not just for consuming music, viral, or how-to videos, YouTube has a video creation tool that allows you to make audio slideshows and video mash-ups using your own images and videos. What I love is the ease and ability to add annotations, transitions, and copyright free audio from the YouTube audio library. To see how easy it is, just watch this Practical EdTech Video from Richard Byrne.

10 Ways to Make Infographics
Infographics are a great way to turn text and data into visuals that your students and audience will appreciate because they pull out the important information into a visually appealing layout. Edudemic has pulled 10 of the best, easiest, and most popular into this article. Click to learn more about Easel.ly, Visual.ly, Piktochart and more.

PixTeller is an easy-to-use site that turns your quotes into beautiful printable posters, documents, banners, and headers that you can print and share. It's free to create an account and once there you can browse the selection of educational quotes or create your own.

Fake Movie Poster
Fake Movie Poster is exactly that-- a site to create a fake movie poster using your image and text. A great way to share information about a historical character, a character from a novel, a famous person, a number-- yes, what could you say about a number!, or even yourself. It's as easy as choosing a template, uploading an image, adding your text to the given prompts, and then sharing your creation. 1,2,3 go!

Picovico reminds me a bit of Animoto (see below) in that it is a fun and easy way to make great videos from your photos. Choose your style, add your images, include some text, choose the music from your own or their library, and voila, you have created a video you can easily share on Facebook or YouTube.

Poster My Wall
Poster My Wall is a great way to make collages with images and text. Select your template, add your images and text, rearrange as necessary and download your creation.

Mural.ly is a drag and drop images, documents, spreadsheets, links, and YouTube videos to create a multi-media mural sharing your learning around a topic. It's like a tri-fold presentation only hyper!

Haiku Deck
Haiku Deck now has a web version in addition to their already popular tablet version. Haiku Deck is a beautiful way to tell your story using images with some text. They have templates and create your own. Why give a boring presentation when you can create a Haiku!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then try ThingLink. ThingLink is a way to let your pictures tell the story- literally. Upload an image, then make it interactive by adding text, links, other images, audio (using audioboo) and videos from You Tube.

I learned about Meograph last spring, but didn't really take a look at it until today and I must say, I like it. It's fairly easy to use with drag-and-drop spaces for text, audio, links, images, and youtube videos. What I also like is the way it guides you through the creation process. I think this would work particularly well in a history or social studies class, but could just as easily work for telling the story of a novel in English class. I suggest getting inspired by some of the examples and then just giving it a try!

Voicethread is an online method of having a discussion. It is free to educators once you create a user name and password. There are examples on there from teachers around the world using it in their classrooms. You can upload your document and get comments, upload a drawing or photograph and have people discuss it or upload whole presentations. Use it in your art class and upload photos of paintings and have the class comment on what they see, use it in math class and upload a problem for children to explain how they solved it. Imagine using it with your class and a class you penpal with from another school or even another continent. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.
http://voicethread.com/#b119840 This is a great example of how a third grade class used voicethread to enhance their poetry unit.

Want to create fast-paced music videos and slideshows? Animoto is the easy and fast way to do this. Upload your own images and/or video, add some text, select or use your own music and click "render" and in about 30 seconds you've got a 30 second animated movie. Sign up for the all-access pass or get an educator account and your videos can now be full-length. Use this with your students as a way for them to introduce and tell about themselves; show what they know about an area they are studying, advertise a book-- the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.

One True Media
One True Media is one of the most user-friendly web-based video creating sites I have visited. Sign-up is free (you can pay for a premium subscription if you want to unlock some upgrades) and the montage-making is even easier. Just upload your images, select one of their songs from a vast array of selections, add titles and text, and your movie is ready. You can easily change the motion of each picture to zoom out or pan across or you can use the default settings. Once complete, you can share it, download it, order a dvd or embed it on your space. It's free, it's easy, what more could you want.

"Poster Yourself" is their tag line but it is so much more than that! Edu.glogster offers you the ability to create an interactive, vibrant, colorful page that can hold images, podcasts, videos and text. There are multiple categories of stickers, frames, players, papers and walls (backgrounds) that you can use to personalize your glog. Think of the possiblilities for your classroom: create a glog for your "star of the week," let your "star" create their own glog in class, create a glog instead of the traditional biography report or poster, use a glog instead of a newsletter and let it include video highlights of your class, the ideas are endless!

Photo Story 3
Photo Story 3 is a free movie software download from Microsoft. What I like about this program is that it allows you to easily customize each image with text, speical effects, animations and narration. It also allows you to upload your own music, choose from their selections or create your own. Once complete, you can upload it to a video hosting/sharing site like Vimeo or You Tube and embed it on your web page.

This site offers 50 (actually 64) ways to digitally tell a story. There are fantastic links to free sites to create your digital story.
For more, click here to go back to the home page to see the web 2.0 tools listed under General Resources

Bitstrips for Schools
Bitstrips is an online comic creator. With Bitstrips for Schools, teachers can sign up for up to 40 students for a low monthly or yearly price. Bitstrips for Schools has a plethora of activities to use with your students ranging from English to Character Education, Science to Physical Education and is organized by subject and age appropriateness. Once you take a look at all the ideas, your head head will burst with all of the great possibilities for using it with your students! Take a look at the Web Wow 2012 media roll for my sceencast.