We’ll start with the safest, most affordable option. My goal is to raise awareness of the complexities of online use of images and get teachers to pass on that awareness to their students.
If you find inaccuracies, please point them out and I will make corrections.
And the internet is absolutely teeming with images students can grab and use in a matter of seconds. Despite the fact that these images are easy to get, using them may be illegal.
Is legal image use really a big deal with school projects?
When using photos they take themselves, students should keep the following rules in mind: Creative Commons is an organization that has made it much easier for people to share artwork.
They have established a set of licenses that artists can place on their work that automatically gives others permission to use that work in their own projects under specific terms and conditions.
Just be sure to open up the Tools after you search, and check one of the options under “Usage rights” that will remove all of the photos that have not been labeled for some kind of reuse.
Checking “Labeled for reuse with modification” should give you images that have the least amount of restrictions.
Simply search for what you need, download the photos you like, and use them.
Unfortunately, many free stock photo sites contain adult content, so unsupervised students should not use them, but if your students are working under adult supervision, they should try these sites.