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Fluco Toolbox: StockSnap

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 more free images for use in projects or presentations? Wanted a second option for your students to use?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: StockSnap.io

First, the basics:

Name: StockSnap.io
URL: https://stocksnap.io/
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: Website that hosts a free collection of images for download. All images fall under CC0 licensing and do not require attribution.

I love browsing the r/Teachers forum on Reddit, mostly because I can usually find new ideas or tools for my teachers. Last week was no different. I happened to be reading a thread about copyright and images when a user pointed out StockSnap. Like Pixabay, it’s another image site to search for images that fall under CC0 licensing. Always handy to have more than one image website!

First, visit the website listed above. Enter the keywords for the desired image. I decided to search for cats.

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Browse through the results. The first images shown are sponsored through Shutterstock. Ignore these and scroll down. Select the desired image.

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The image will load. Scroll down and select the red “Free Download” button. The difference between Stocksnap and Pixabay in terms of downloading images is that Stocksnap does not offer different image sizes for download. It only downloads as one large, high-quality image.

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Up to this point, no account has been needed. Users only need to create an account if planning to a) submit photos to the website or b) favorite images to find later. If creating an account on Stocksnap, all that is required is an email and password. An email will be sent to the email used to confirm the account.

Enjoy this free photo resource!

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Fluco Toolbox: The Noun Project

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 around 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 to find a simple icon to visually show something, whether it’s for a website, lesson, or project?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: The Noun Project

First, the basics:

Name: The Noun Project
URL: http://www.thenounproject.com
Cost: FREE (must give attribution for images) OR $20 per year (EDU license- unlimited; no attribution required) OR $2 per icon
Problem this tool solves: Provides icons for just about any noun you can think of. Icons are created by other users. Simply search for a noun and explore the icons that appear.

This Fluco Toolbox tool is quite easy to explain. Teachers who need quick visual pictures or icons can easily search the many collections on The Noun Project, which are contributed by global users. First, create an account. This gives access to your icon history, which makes it easy to download an icon that has been used in the past, or look up attribution information.

Once an account has been created, simply search in the box for an icon. Below the search box, the site also gives some sample icons. This sampling often changes.

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For this tutorial I searched for Pokemon. My search results page looked like the following:

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At the top of the results are collections of images, usually from one of the icon creators. Below that are simply icons fitting the noun I searched for in the beginning. I simply search the icons and select the one I would like to use.

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The image is now shown in a large format, along with the option to download. I can also see what the image looks like in different colors, but as a free user I cannot download the image in color. This is a paid only option.

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Clicking on download gives me two file type options for the icon. For classroom purposes, the PNG format is the easiest to use in any program. SVGs can be downloaded with most programs, but may not work for everything.

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Next, I must choose whether I want a royalty free image, or a creative commons one. Choosing Royalty Free means I must pay $1.99 for the icon (unless I have a Pro account). Choosing Creative Commons means I will need to provide attribution each time I use the icon. Free accounts must choose Creative Commons.

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Once the image is downloaded, the screen will immediately let me copy the attribution text. This downloaded icon is also stored in the Icon History section of my account, should I ever need to find it again. I don’t have to worry about remembering the attribution text because it is also printed below the image. I can crop this off when I use the image, as long as I give credit in some fashion when I use the image. Credit must be given under the Creative Commons licensing used for these icons. Unsure of how to credit icons in different mediums? TheNounProject has created this guide to assist with this task.

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Fluco Toolbox: Pixabay

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 around 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 wanted to find free clipart and images for use that didn’t require credit or copyright permissions? Did you ever want to be able to find the images and clipart in various sizes?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Pixabay

First, the basics:

Name: Pixabay
URL: http://www.pixabay.com
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: Copyright-free clipart/images to utilize in documents, lessons, social media, and more.

Pixabay is a website that provides images and clipart free of copyright under Creative Commons CC0. The images can be used as one wishes, without having to give any attributions or credit.  Each image is offered in three different sizes for ease of use. An account is free to create for the site. The best reason to create an account is so that when you are logged in, you aren’t asked to always enter a captcha when downloading the larger image sizes.

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Pixabay’s homepage. The background image will be different each time the page is loaded.

Searching Pixabay is relatively simple. On the homepage, simply enter the search terms for the images that you are seeking. It is best to keep your terms simple, as results are based on how the artists and photographers have tagged the images.

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Here is an example of a search for “siamese cats”. At the time you’ll see ads for paid images. These have a watermark on them. Simply ignore them and scroll down to view the free images.

Once you find an image that you like, click on it. You’ll be shown the image in a larger size. There will also be information about the author, related images, and detailed technical information about the image itself. You can favorite the image, share it, and provide comments. A green “Free Download” button is visible to the right of the image. When this is clicked on, three different image sizes for download will become available.

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Here’s what your screen will look like once you’ve selected an image. Simply click the “Free Download” button to see the different size options.

Click any of the size options to download. Here is where the difference of having an account comes into play. If you don’t have an account, you will be able to download the small size without any captcha popping up, but anything larger will show a captcha that needs completed before the image can be downloaded. If you have an account, you can click any size and not have to worry about the captcha.

The image downloads to whatever you have set the default location to be on your computer. For many, this is the “Downloads” folder. Once you’ve got the image though, you’re set!

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If you need some visual tutorials, check out these YouTube videos for guidance:

 

Fluco Toolbox image created by Stephanie King (Fan) for this series. Please do not use without permission.