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:
- Content that you created yourself that has an open license on it;
- 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.
- Open Peeps
- Hand-drawn, mix-and-match illustration library licensed CC0.
- American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
- Repository of original print-quality photos of real preK–12 students and teachers licensed CC-BY-NC.
- 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.
- UK Human Development Institute
- Stock photo collection that highlights disability representation licensed CC0.
- Images of Empowerment
- Photo library of women’s activities from around the world licensed CC-BY-NC.
- 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.
- Disability inclusive stock photography licensed CC-BY-ND.
- collects free plus-size stock photos in Unsplash (see below).
- All of the impages you will find in this repository can be reused, modified, and shared for free; more information about the Unsplash license.
- Noun Project
- Creative Commons licensed icons.
- An extensive library of openly licensed and public domain stock photos, images, and audio.
- All of the impages you will find in this repository can be reused, modified, and shared for free; more information about the Pixabay License.
- Use license dropdown menu in search results to limit your search to images with Creative Commons licenses.
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.
Sharing your image
There will probably be two more steps before your image is ready to share widely:
- Add an attribution statement with the creator, title, link, and license information for the work;
- Add alt text to the image metadata so that the image can be understood by screen reader users.