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How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

This could be mighty useful. I am in the habit of turning off the projector or turning my laptop away from students when I am looking for an image, but one day I might forget. Photos For Class is an attempt to save Teachers from all that stress plus allows students to safely look for images themselves.

It was created by the people behind StoryBoard That, an online storyboard creator, which I definitely need to look at another time. The images are sourced from flickr, with high safety settings. Photos For Class then apply their own filters, and even check the most popular images.

It will search for properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school. When you download the image (rather than dragging it from browser to folder as I tend to do), it will automatically add to the image the following, and see pink cat photo as an example.

  • The name of the author
  • The name of the photo
  • A link to the original photo
  • The name and type of license along with a link to read it

Close up below

The full downloaded image is full sized, so will in general need resizing.

Try it out below.


It seems to be as safe as it could be. Ultimately a student can simply just not use this to find images that they shouldn't, but at least I can check if they are not using this site. I've often collected images for assignments then got to the APA referencing part only to have forgotten where they came from. This will help with that.
Looks very promising indeed. Please let me know below if you have tried Photos For Class in your classroom.
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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

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