Thanks to the Internet, everything is “free”—at least that’s what lots of people think. Whether we intend to or not, most of us have taken some piece of digital property without paying for it. Photos are one of the most tempting pieces of digital property to take. Why? First, because downloading them legally through iStock or Shutterstock is inconvenient and expensive; second, because downloading them illegally is so easy.
Since we talked about classroom blogs in our last post, and because most blogs use photos, we’re referring you to a number of databases where you’ll find quality, copyright-free images you’ll be able to use on your classroom blogs without fear of legal repercussions.
Completely, truly, really, absolutely free photos for classroom blogs
While all of the images on Stockvault.net are free, users can choose to support the photographer through a small Paypal donation.
Foter has a lot of great images students can use on their classroom blogs; they’ve also made giving credit to the original artist really easy: Find an image you like, click download to choose the size and quality of the image you want, and simply copy and paste the artist’s attribution HTML at the end of your blog.
Stock.xchng has been around since 2001, but we only came across this database recently. Unlike Stockvault and Foter, Stock.xchng users do have to sign up for a free account to download images for their classroom blogs. You’ll also want to ignore certain photos unless you plan on paying for them. So there’s no confusion, see the image below:
The Morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used however you like—as long as you’re not making financial gains from it. Out of politeness to the artist, they simply request that you credit the photographer when possible.
The images on Free Digital Photos are small, but since you’re only going to be using them for your classroom blog—as opposed to printing them out—they’ll work fine. However, if you do need a larger image, they are available for a small fee. Since all of the artists have given permission to use their pictures free of charge, Free Digital Photos simply asks that you publish a credit to acknowledge them.