9 Great Websites for Free Images to Use in Class and School Projects

January 6, 2018
Looking for some good places where students can access public domain and free images? The collection below has you covered. This is a curated list of some of the best websites that provide free photos. However, before using any of the images found in these sites, students should always double check attribution rights and identify which Creative Commons license is used. Use this poster to get students familiar with the terminology used by CC.  You can also check the sources at the bottom of this post for more free image providing websites.

9 Great Websites for Free Images to Use in Class and School Projects

1- Photos for Class
‘Photos for Class provides you with an easy to use search engine to find and access images that are appropriate for school setting.All images downloaded from Photos for Class come with a short citation that includes the author’s name and the image license terms.’

2- Pics4Learning
'Pics4Learning is an open project where anyone ( particularly photographers ) can join in and add their photos. The library counts thousands of free images which are all approved for classroom use. These images are also indexed and stored into different categories making it easy for teachers and students to browse and search through them. Have a look and share with us if you know of other similar copyright friendly image resources.'

3- Flickr Commons
FlickCC provides access to a wide variety of Creative Commons images. Students use the column on the lefthand side to check image attributions and CC licenses.

4- Pixabay
‘Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.’'

5- Pexels
'Pexels offers over 10,000 free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO). This means that you can modify, copy and distribute the photos the way you want. ‘All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by users or sourced from free image websites’.

6- Kaboompics
Kaboompics is a photo search engine that allows users to search for and access tons of free stock images. Photos are available for free download in different formats.

7- Unsplash
‘All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.’

8- Negative Space
Another good website that provides high-resolution free stock images for both personal and commercial use. Images are CC0 licensed.

9- Gratisography
‘Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly!’

Sources
1- http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/08/5-good-places-for-students-to-find.html#.WlE631Q-ei5
2- https://sites.google.com/a/bvcps.net/itrt-resources/copyright-free-images-for-teachers-and-students
3- http://makerbook.net/photography/
4- https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=265

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