Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based on your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.
Have you ever needed free images for a project or design? Just needed another free image site to add to your bookmarks, just in case?
Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: FreeImages
First, the basics:
Problem this tool solves: Provides free stock photography images, taken by site photographers. Unlike some other sites, this website does not allow users to upload their work, so all images have been vetted. Free to use as long as credit is given.
If you’re like me, you can never have enough resources for free image websites. Having a wealth of libraries at one’s fingertips is a godsend, especially when the need arises for a particular image.
FreeImages is a UK site that hosts a library of over 16,000 stock photos. It’s similar to other sites, where a simple search is performed and a host of photos matching the search criteria are returned. Though this site is curated by the webmasters, they do have a sister site where the community can contribute photos for use.
FreeImages allows users to use their photography for free, as long as credit is given. Detailed information can be found here on the website. Basically, if an image is used, credit must be given as a link back to the website.
To simply search for a photo, go to the web address listed above. On the home page, locate the magnifying glass in the upper right area of the screen. Type in the keyword/s. For mine, I decided to search for “cat”
A list of search results will load, and small thumbnail images will appear. As you can see from my search, not everything tended to match “cat”.
Find the desired image, and click the thumbnail to see an enlarged version. The page will load an image description and information about the file. Right below that (but not pictured here) is a blue “Download” button.
Click the blue “Download” button to open the image in a new tab. Right click on the image to save it. Since this website requires credit in the form of a website link, I would include the website in the filename. Save the file, and you’ve got a new picture for that project!
There is one other way to search the free images on this site, and that’s via the Gallery. The gallery can be accessed by going to the homepage and clicking the link of the same name, or “Browse Image Collection” if that ad is on the screen at the time.
The site has created many categories for their images. Click on one of the collection titles to see all of the grouped sub-collections in that category. Browsing this way might bring up images that would have never been found otherwise.
Make sure to add this free image site to your list! It’s always good to have a lot because you never know which site will have that perfect image!