I received an email question this week from another teacher in our district about how she can best help students use Creative Commons licensed images for their class presentations. This was my answer.

My new favorite way to have students create presentations with Creative Commons images is to use the free app or website Haiku Deck:

Students enter keywords and the app or website builds a PowerPoint presentation (which they can also import into an app like Explain Everything) with related images. It even puts the attribution website addresses at the bottom of each slide! It’s amazing and the only thing like it I’ve seen to date.

Other options are use the Flickr Creative Commons image search site:

or Compfight:

I would go with Haiku Deck… I think the image filtering there is better. Always the possibility of finding inappropriate images with image searches, so it’s something to be aware of.

I hope this helps! More image search options are on:

Cross-posted from PlayingWithMedia.com

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  • Carrie Zimmer

    I also like to use this link http://search.creativecommons.org/ so that the students don’t have to navigate through marking all the advanced search options on various sites.

  • Jennifer Carey

    Thank you for sharing this! Digital Literacy is becoming more and more important in the modern world. I think that not only students, but teachers are confused by what is and isn’t legal to use. I will be sure to share this with my PLN! I wrote a similar article called “Digital Literacy: Finding Free (and Legal) Images for your Classroom” that you and your readers may find relevant: http://indianajen.com/2013/05/08/digital-literacy-find-free-and-legal-images-for-your-classroom/

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  • Marjorie McLean

    Your information was very informative and I just wanted add something to the page concerning creativity in education. Students today are technology driven so it is a wise professor who will incorporate technology in the classroom. In a Marketing class that I recently taught I was able to incorporate new car advertisements to expound on the imagery factor within marketing. The students took to the advertisement very well and now the students are more excited about creating interactive video and audio to their presentations. What do you think will help them develop more understanding about Marketing and understanding the Marketing Mix?


  • Asking students to view and critically reflect on different media marketing messages is definitely a great way to promote media literacy as well as engagement via digital media. Dr. Rene Hobbs (@reneehobbs on Twitter) has a variety of great resources for media literacy you might find helpful on the Media Education Lab website:

    I think it’s vital we ask students to CREATE with media and shift from being primarily consumers of information (including multimedia) to increasingly being creators and sharers. As they do this they can become more aware of many elements of media marketing, included in media literacy programs and lessons like those shared by Dr. Hobbs. I have a variety of different media product suggestions and resources on the site, “Mapping Media to the Common Core” you also might want to check out:

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