This wiki is intended for faculty and students that are interested in using digital images for a variety of uses:
- Presentations / lectures
- Learning Activities
- Personal / Professional blogs, websites, etc.
The following structure is based on the Experiential Learning workshop presented by Melissa Jakubec and Kelly Warnock. Feel free to add/modify ideas and resources, or contact us for more information.
How do I find free and open images?
- Google Advanced Search: http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search
- Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
- Compfight: http://compfight.com/
- Free Digital Photos: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
- Creative Commons search: http://search.creativecommons.org/
- Flickr Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
- Create your own graphics (paid options available) at http://www.canva.com
- Get stock photos delivered to your inbox at http://www.deathtothestockphoto.com
Here are some excellent resources from Alan Levine's site:
- Finding Media (images, audio, video, etc.): http://50ways.wikispaces.com/StoryMedia
- Finding Flickr Photos: http://50ways.wikispaces.com/Finding+Flickr+Photos
- My Image Seek: https://cogdog.makes.org/thimble/LTEzODAzODQ3Njg=/image-seek
- Photo Tips: http://cogdogblog.com/photo/
- Image Q Bonus Tools: http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/Image+Q+Bonus+Tools
- Flickr Attribution Helper: http://cogdog.github.io/flickr-cc-helper/
A couple more search engines for you to peruse:
- I'm Free: http://www.imcreator.com/free
- Veezzle: http://www.veezzle.com/
- Raumrot: http://www.raumrot.com/10/
- Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/
- Picography: http://picography.co/
- WorldImages: http://worldimages.sjsu.edu
- Free Images: http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
- Image After: http://www.imageafter.com/images.php
- Dreamstime: http://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos
- The Noun Project (for icons): http://thenounproject.com/
- Gratisography: http://www.gratisography.com/
- Pixabay: http://pixabay.com/
How do I create my own visuals?
I've attempted to categorize the following apps and programs, but there is a lot of overlap. Many offer free demos, but for more features you will need to pay.
Maps & Timelines
- Visio: a tool to create diagrams. http://visio.microsoft.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx ($)
- Cacoo: Create diagrams online real time collaboration. https://cacoo.com/
- FreeMind: Open source tool for download to create mindmaps and graphic organizers. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Why use digital images?
Consider the images used in this wiki. Do they grab your attention? Make you reflect on prior learning experiences? Pique your interest? Here are some other key reasons to use visuals in your teaching/learning:
- Increases retention
- Hook/Attention grabber
- Presents complex information quickly and clearly
- Communicates effectively
Where can I use images?
Reflect on your teaching & learning practices. In what ways would visuals benefit you as an instructor or student?
- Lectures / Presentations
- Learning Activities
- Course Materials
- Study aids
TRU's Intellectual Property website goes over the basics of classroom/publishing copyright information: http://www.tru.ca/ipo/faq.html Here are some basic tips:
- It is legal for an instructor to copy an image and show it in class (ex. via Power Point)
- Check whether an image you want to use is fair dealing, in the public domain, or has a Creative Commons licence for re-use.
- Use the flowchart from the IPO website to check whether an image is free to use: http://www.tru.ca/ipo/clearing/copyflow.html
Please contact the Intellectual Property Office if you have any questions or concerns. (http://www.tru.ca/ipo.html)