Images — so useful in education, yet so convoluted in copyright explanations that many people fear using them. But if you wade into the waters of Creative Commons you can find millions of available images, ready to be used, modified, and shared. One of the more common image sites is Flickr, which we have highlighted a few times. Here at Instructify, we’ve talked about creative commons laws, and we’ve given you several ways to search Flickr using third party search engines like FlickrCC and Flickrstorm, but there is another way that deserves mention for their combination of the two.
Flickr has created their own Creative Commons area and have really done a great job of integrating easy-to-understand filters that let you browse and search images that meet the criteria for the project you are working on. Along the right sidebar you have descriptions of each of the Creative Commons levels of copyright (attribution, non-commercial, etc.). If you click on the associated level in the main page area you get individual, searchable galleries within that level of copyright. There are so many high-quality images available that someday clip art will hopefully be a thing of the past.
Photo credit: cambodia4kidsorg on Flickr.