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Researching into this more, there are a good number of educational institutions sharing that they have been hit with similar bills. The teachers that posted the images online are responsible for paying the bill, often in the thousands of dollars.
Looking for an authentic object lesson for students or teachers about copyright and the use of images found on the internet? This is pretty authentic.
Where Do I Get Online Images For The Classroom?Not everything on the internet is evil or copyrighted. Students have access to a wealth of images that can be used for reports. Do keep in mind that the practice of citing your image source for each image can help the writer be mindful of copyright permissions for images used.
Google Image Search
Again, these photos belong to somebody. They are just letting you use them for free if you give them credit with a citation.
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr.com maintains a Creative Commons (https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ ) that houses millions of photos that are free to use. This page quickly describes the Creative Commons licenses and groups the photos by license. Not all of the photos are elementary safe, but teachers can collect some great images and provide them as a photo bank for classroom projects. Look for the Attribution icon for freely-usable images.
Google Docs Research Tool
Google support). Using this tool, students can search for images, websites, statistics and more right beside the Google Doc they are working on.
Finding an image is as easy as typing your search term at the top and clicking the 'G' to give you access to the Images search. You can now find a good image in the results and simply drag over to your document. I love showing this to teachers in a large room, just because you quickly hear gasps of joy as they realize that the Research tool automatically creates a footnote for that image and places the citation at the bottom of the page. No rolling the typewriter up from the bottom of the page anymore.
Images, websites, quotes and more can provide a clickable citation for your document.
More Online Resources For Free Images For The Classroom
Our friends at Harvard Law School Library have published a guide for appropriate use of online images. Finding Public Domain and Creative Commons Media. They share a few more resources and legal definitions for public domain images.
What are some sources that you use with your students?