UPDATE AS OF 2/1/2016
This post on finding images on Flickr has been one of the most shared posts from my blog. I was searching recently on Flickr again and stumbled on this album which I did not include on my original list of great albums for Social Studies teachers. So, with today being the start of Black History Month, I thought it would be good timing to share this album called Black History Album. It has 26 different albums within and includes some great images to use in your curriculum.
BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL POST
I've been a big fan of Flickr for years. When they offered a terabyte of free storage I jumped in and started to upload all my personal photos. Along with enticing me with all this space for images, they also offered a beautiful layout for good ole fashioned photo galleries. I used to be all about uploading our family pics into events using different online galleries. So Flickr was a great tool to help me continue this way of sharing my family's moments. Here's a look at this album view:
But this all changed. Everyone started using Facebook, Instagram others to "share" photos as they happened. I found myself still loving Flickr but not really using it as much for the family photos. But I did find something else... there were TONS of high quality, copyright free images that teachers could use which where uploaded by the organizations that own them. These range in subjects and can be used in so many different academic settings.
Most internet users usually just go Google put in a search and then click on Images. But there are sites on the web, like Flickr, which are not searched by Google. In working with teachers in many different setting, I have seen that most could really use some help in learning how to find "stuff" on the web. So I am here to help with finding images.
What I have done is to curate a list of some of my favorite albums and I have put links to them below.
Please spend some time looking over these, you will find some incredible gems that you can use in all types of lessons and projects. I will post future blogs about how to use images in digital storytelling projects.
Project Apollo Archive - these images where JUST RELEASED to the public. Almost 14,000 images from the Apollo missions! (hey conspiracy theorists... check these out we DID land on the moon!)
Here is an article from the Verge all about this fantastic resource
Food and Drug Administration
Check this cool pic from the Seafood Safety album! Look how they just don't have images by themselves, but descriptions as well
And how about this one: a whole Flickr account dedicated to the Deepwater Horizon clean up. What an incredible resource of 1,299 photos for students to access if they are creating a project or report about this environmental disaster. Along with the images, there are descriptions for each. Plus teachers and students are safe in knowing that these are the actual images from this event only - no issue about reliability of sources.
Social Studies / History
Library of Congress
(The Civil War faces is fascinating)
Matthew Brady’s Civil War sets
Library of Congress - newspapers
The White House
World War II Posters
World War II
Women in World War II
Pre 1975 Vietnam
Includes some powerful images of the war
Crazy about the Cold War
check out the cool bomb shelter pic!
Lastly, there are galleries of photographers who have taken very detailed and high resolution pictures of some of the great works of art. Here is one which has over 22,000 photos.
So, now I am going to take images from some of these galleries and try to make some digital stories using tools like iMovie and WeVideo.
Please share any ideas you may have
Oh, by the way, I ended up not using Flickr anymore for my family photos! Google Photos is my new killer app for managing your own family photos (yes, this will be a future post!)