Wikimedia Commons has almost 14 million free images for you and your students. Wikimedia is the place where Wikipedia images are stored and it’s the first place I go when looking for imagest for a presentation.
When we teach our students about ethical use of media, Wikimedia is one resource they should know about.
One of the best things about Wikimedia is that the images are categorized and documented. There is usually no ambiguity about what the photo is, who is the author and the license for re-use.
The kind of documentation is a rarity with photos you find with Google.
Don’t just consume media, contribute!
Wikimedia Commons is a great way to model collaborative learning to your students. Even with millions of images, Wikimedia still has lots of gaps.
I could imagine a lesson built around creating images for Wikimedia. Students could take pictures of something like a local historical site in your city and contribute those to Wikimedia with all the proper documentation. Wikimedia is also looking for diagrams and illustrations.
Description: Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content.
License: Creative Commons or public domain
Alternatives: Flickr, Archive.org
Rating: very useful