If you plan to share your work beyond your classroom with an open license, then everything in your course, including the images in your textbook or slideshows, must be:

  1. Content that you created yourself that has an open license on it;
  2. Content that someone else created that has an open license on it (or is in the public domain).

Recommended places to search for openly licensed images

Wikimedia Commons

Media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content. 

PICNOI

Stock photo library of diverse multi-racial images licensed CC-BY.

Disabled And Here

Photo collection featuring disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) across the Pacific Northwest licensed CC-BY. 

Images of Empowerment

Photo library of women's activities from around the world licensed CC-BY-NC.

nappy

Photo library of Black and brown people licensed CC0.

The Gender Spectrum Collection

Stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models licensed CC-BY-NC-ND.

Noun Project

Creative Commons licensed icons.

Pixabay

All of the impages you will find in this repository can be reused, modified, and shared for free; more information about the Pixabay License.

Unsplash

All of the impages you will find in this repository can be reused, modified, and shared for free; more information about the Unsplash license. AllGo collects free plus-size stock photos in Unsplash.

Flickr

Use license dropdown menu in search results to limit your search to images with Creative Commons licenses.  

Example flickr advanced search with dropdown menu showing

Flickr has special collections of openly licensed images that can help you represent the students in your classroom (example: #WOCinTech)

Google image search

From your search results, click on "Images" and then find the usage rights dropdown under search tools.

Example google images advanced search with dropdown menu showing "Creative Commons licenses" option

There will probably be two more steps before your image is ready to share widely:

  1. Add an attribution statement with the creator, title, link, and license information for the work;
  2. Add alt text to the image metadata so that the image can be understood by screen reader users.