digital images

Q1 The Search is ON! About Digital Images

10. Digital Images


In the next Quest, you will need an image to modify and then create a Creative Commons license for it. How do you locate copyright-free images?



  • In this activity, you will think of a topic for an upcoming or existing assignment for a class. You will visit several copyright-free image resources to select an image or photo you can use for the report. 
  • You will also credit the artist, photographer, or creator based on the information available.
  • Download or make a copy of the 21t4s 10.Q1 Digital Images Activity Document.
  • Follow the steps listed in the document.
  • Check with your teacher about submitting this assignment.

The free image resources featured in this assignment are:
Lifeofpix, Photos For Class, Picography, and Pics4Learning


Explore Activity 1. Image Example

This example is of a search of the Life of Pix site for an image of Rome to use for a Social Studies class.

Screenshot of a search for an image to go with a report on Rome.

Note: We cannot use the St image since it is copyrighted. The Roman columns image was selected by clicking on it and downloading it.

Image URL, photo taken by Claudio Amone from Buenos Aires, Argentina, provided copyright free to the Life of pix site to share.


ClipArt ETC, ClipArt images for Classroom Use, provides students and teachers with 71,500 pieces of quality educational clipart from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.  

"All images are appropriate for classroom use. You'll find no advertisements, pop-ups, or inappropriate links here. A friendly ETC license allows teachers and students to use up to 50 free clipart items in a single, non-commercial school project without further permission." (

Some collections cover American History and Government,  Ancient History, Flags, Art, Science, Literature, Math, School, Sports, and Transportation. 

These images are generally ink drawings that include historical information. An example is the "Statue of Liberty" in New York. You can download the image in different sizes as GIF or TIFF files.

(Source: Everybody's Cyclopedia (New York, NY: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1912)Statue of Liberty URL:

What should you do if you come across an inappropriate image? 

FIRST, TURN YOUR MONITOR OFF without notifying your neighbor or inviting anyone else to view it! NO ONE else needs to see the image, and it doesn't require a classroom announcement to take care of the problem.

THEN, find your teacher right away and report the image. Teachers will contact the website to let them know that they need to take it down.

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication