camera.jpgDigital Images

in the

Languages Classroom

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Images can help communicate messages, illustrate lessons and provide much needed relief from blocks of text! There are lots and lots of images all over the web, but we can't necessarily use them all. It is very important to be careful that we are using images that are licensed in a way that allows them to be shared. This licensing is called Creative Commons. Click the link below to find out more about what this means for using digital images in your classroom. And don't forget that the best images for students to use online are ones they have taken themselves. Follow these four steps to be taken on a journey that will leave you very well informed about Creative Commons, storing and finding images online and plenty of tools and ideas for using them in your languages classroom.

1. Before you go any further, watch a couple of short videos and see an example of Creative Commons.
2. One of, if not the, most popular photo sharing place on the web is Flickr. Flickr allow you to store your images and decide whether they are public or private, and what Creative Commons license you want to attribute to them. Also on Flickr you can add friends, join groups and make comments on other people's photos. It's like Facebook but for images. Flickr is an amazing tool, and has lots of associated websites that allow to get the most out of it. Click through to learn more about what you can do with Flickr in the Languages Classroom.

3. Now that you know what Creative Commons is, and a bit more about Flickr, you are now ready to find out more about Finding Free Images Online, with this amazing list from the equally amazing Judy O'Connell.

4. Ok, now you're ready to be unleashed on the web! Off you go and discover some Web Tools and Ideas for Using Digital Images in the Languages Classroom.