How I Use It
The Common Core asks teachers to teach students how to use technology to produce and publish writing products. Students can easily include images to enhance clarity and effectiveness. I would use this website as a QUICK way for students to find images. The beauty and genius of this website is the fact that students can download a copy of the image WITH THE ATTRIBUTION INCLUDED. Forgive the use of capital letters, but I had emphasize how amazing this is. I could have students use this to find images to accompany any type of writing, but I am going to emphasize it the most for speaking presentation in my class. I look forward to showing this to my students for their upcoming Ignite Talks.
Teaching kids how to find, use, and cite creative commons licensed photos is a must hand skill for the 21st century. There are numerous ways that kids can search these photos. I have sent kids directly to Flickr to search, but that often take multiple steps to get a photo with a proper attribution. I have also used Compfight, but I found that since their default search of Flickr is set to ANY LICENSE, this can cause unnecessary headaches. I believe that Photos for Class is just what a teacher needs.
I can send a student there and the student can get high quality relevant visual aids that are properly attributed very quickly. I don't have to waste precious class time wandering in a sea of photos and trying to create an attribution. One click of a download button, and the kid is set. I did a few searches to see what sorts of things would pop up. I searched for images for happiness, sadness, brainstorm, gladiator, Lego Harry Potter, Vespa, trench warfare, riot, Baltimore riot, Animal Farm Orwell, baseball field, etc. What is nice is that I got great images on the first page of each search. Because this website harvests Flickr, it means that kids can get access to recent current events item as long as the photographers tag them as such.
The website has a small section on how they create their attributions and WHY they do it. It is a nice little basic overview of Creative Commons. Unfortunately, it is somewhat hidden in a link at the bottom of the page UNDER the search bar where many students and teachers might not look. I would prefer that this information is more prevalent for students and teachers.