Copyright Images

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In my ignorance I will be the first to say that I have used an image I found on Google Images and just popped it into my work.  That was until I was taught about copyright!

Although my ignorance is no longer, I come across it every day, especially in children.  My class were the perfect example of ‘Imageburglars,’ until I taught them about copyright.  Now we are becoming experts in seeking creative commons images and attributing them.

As Flickr and wikimedia are both blocked at our school we needed to find other sources. So here are our favourites.



Image: ‘Ladybird Walking’ @Photos8

We love Made by photographer, Sam Mugraby, it is full of very high quality photographs perfect to add to blog posts.  All he asks is that you attribute (Show the name of the photo and where it came from) the images you use.

Free Digital Photos


Attribution: Africa by Africa @Free digital photos

Free digital photos also has a great selection of photos.  The medium sized photo is free as long as you attribute it.  If you purchase the image you can use it without attribution, great for photos used as email signatures.

Discovery Clip Art


Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on

Discovery Clip Art has some cute education clip art, which you are free to download and use, non-comercially and attributed, up to 10 times.


Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuaryphoto © 2009 Mark Peters | more info (via: Wylio)

Finally our favourite is Wylio. The best thing about this website is you don’t need to download the image.  When you select the image you can alter the alignment and size.  After that you simply grab the code to put directly into your blog. It automatically attributes the image for you.


Attribution of these sites is very important.  It gives recognition to the person who originally took the photo.  I also find it is good to link the picture back to the website also.  You can do this when you add the image to your blog.

When I first come to an images site I always check the terms and conditions. This will spell out for you where you can use the image and how you need to attribute it.  Generally you will need to put the name of the image and who took the photo, including a link bcak to the website you found it on.

Checking the terms and conditions of websites before use is good practice for any website.  This is especially so when working with children, as many of the sites we use are only intended for over 13s.  Check out this Terms of Service blog for some tips on commonly used education sites.

Do you have any free photo sites you use in the classroom?

How do you use photos in your classroom?

7 thoughts on “Copyright Images”

  1. Great links! I have used Google Advanced search tools for license reuse in my classrooms. Some students still don’t understand that they cannot add an image without adding attributes. I’m workin’ on it!

  2. Hey Mel,

    I’m a bit slow at catching up on your blog!

    I was just telling my staff about copyright yesterday. Most were a bit surprised to hear that you and your students can’t just take Google images for your own use!

    Like you, I was guilty of this is the past. Who wasn’t!

    I think it’s important to teach kids about this too from early on. You might have seen the post I wrote last year about teaching students about creative commons.

    Free free to use the handout I made if it’s useful for you and your students.

    Hope you’re having a good start to the year,

    Kathleen 🙂

    1. @Kathleen

      Thanks for your comment. I just had a look at your images handout and it looks fantastic. This will be useful in my classroom and in the staffroom!

      I definitely think it is important issue to address and especially with students. Although a few years ago we didn’t realise the consequences of what we were doing, we do now and need to share that knowledge with as many as possible.

      I have had a wonderful start to the school year and can’t wait to see the kids on Friday. I hope you have a wonderful year also.


  3. A great post Mel- I enjoyed reading this! Some good resources too. I like showing kids the advanced image search in google where you can search by image usage or copyright. It gives them a good sense of how much stuff out there is actually owned by someone!

    1. @marcb

      Thanks for your comment. The advanced search in google is a great way to examine creative commons so thanks for mentioning it. As with all of these sites and Google I find it is important to double check the licence and follow any attribution requests. I also think it is very important for students to understand how much of what is on the Internet is owned by someone. Thanks for sharing.



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