Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons

Pictures are a great resource in any type of lesson, and learning English as a foreign language is no exception.

Here is a useful post by Larry Ferlazzo with some classic ways of exploting photographs in class: The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons

It would be logical for teachers to share a 'virtual' image bank.  Talip suggested having a shared repository in the Local Area Network, so that any teacher can upload and store images which can be accessed and shared by other teachers.  This would be an idea that could be pursued with the Computer Centre...Talip, would you like to investigate the options?

Meanwhile, here are some sources I have come across that might be useful.
  1. Copyright (and Copyleft)
    • Using images raises lots of copyright issues. There is a movement called 'COPY LEFT', which means that people are encourage to use copies, with some simple conditions.  The main 'copyleft' procedures can be found in Creative Commons  This blog follows the 'copyleft' licence, which is given at the bottom of the page.
    • As teachers, we should set a good example for our students.  Observing 'copyright' or 'copyleft' is a good start, and the notion would transfer nicely to the related issue of plagiarism. 
  2. Working with images
    • Here are some resources to help find, use and edit images.
      1. Picture Gallery free for educational use:
      2. Free clipart for teaching purposes:
      3. Pics4Learning - library of copyright-friendly images: is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.)
      4. Search FLICKR for photos that are free to use:
      5. FLICKR - the world's largest photo sharing site: (You can find many images in this site. However, you have to be careful to check the copyright restrictions. Many are open to use for educational purposes under a Creative Commons licence. )
  3. If you want to do some basic photo editing, but don't want to mess around with GIMP or Photoshop, this is good (but basic) online photo editing tool.  It's free and easy to use.

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