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Top 15 Websites to Get Free Stock Images


Images, videos, infographics, and other media-related material are amongst the most important elements your site should include. Using Stock Photos. Ready to Get Creative With Stock Photography? Using Stock Photos. How about a nice dual-screen photo from Unsplash?

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Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! 10 Places to Find Free Image FlickrCC - offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work.

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Making a splash!

Learning with 'e's

Image by Craig Whitehead on Unsplash While in conversation last week at the EDEN annual conference in Bruges, my good friend Marci Powell told me about a brilliant resource called Unsplash. It's a website that hosts a huge, and ever growing repository of superb images, shared freely by talented photographers. Let's say you want to find a picture of colourful, neon lights, reflected off a wet street. The image on this page was found using that search phrase.

My favorite free images resources for online courses


Pictures generally communicate ideas faster than speech or written words. Pictures with people in them are usually more appealing to online users, as these better convey emotions. But any picture can instill some feelings in a an onlooker, when put in the right context. When creating online courses it can be hard to pick and choose the perfect image and put it in the perfect spot in your lesson. The Creative Commons licensing. Death to the Stock Photo.

Grabbing Your Trainees with the Right Picture


It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand bullet points, and this is particularly true of training. Training designs are at their most engaging when words AND pictures work together to drive home the message. Hint: Think big picture and focus on one thing. If your tone is serious, look for images with…. Black & white treatment, or images using subtle or neutral color tones. If your tone is exciting, look for images with…. on similar images.

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Creating Your Own Stock Photos

Rapid eLearning

Going to a stock image site and looking for just the right pictures can be very time-consuming and a drain on your limited resources. Why not create your own stock images? Obviously, this approach doesn’t work for everyone and taking good photos is an art in itself. A lot of images appear grainy because there’s not enough light. The more light you have, the better clarity you’ll get on the images. Keep the image in focus.

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15 Best Image Sites to Visually Enhance Your Online Training Modules

CommLab India

Are you looking for first-rate, attention-grabbing images for your online training modules? For an instructional designer, getting the right images is a daunting task. It is often hard to find images suitable for a e-module. It is hard to find images relevant to the content in our internal libraries. Purchasing new images seems a good option, but we need to think of the project budget. net : You can download free and premium stock photos and illustrations.

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How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video


Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. A few quick examples: Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale — photos of the inventory aid in product recognition. Trainees at a call center must provide consistent answers to common questions — sound clips demonstrate the proper language. Adding Images. Browse for the image you want, and then select it.

Updated – Multimedia Resources For Your eLearning Projects

Adobe Captivate

Music can be a challenge, but many sites offer free music under a creative commons license. For example, a piece of equipment is more natural to show a picture of instead of trying to describe it to learners. The site is [link] and what makes them unique is they have lots of pictures of people, which tend to be rare in free stock photo sites. They have over 100,000 completely free images which you can use without attribution.

6 tips for using images in your e-learning material


In this one we’ll be sharing 6 tips for usingimages and illustrations. If, for example, you want to have a children friendly look for your website then use cheeky, colorful images that appeal to kids. Use pictures to tell a story. Don’t use pictures as mere decoration or ornamental elements. Ask yourself if adding a specific picture or graphic serves this purpose  if it doesn’t, leave it out. The internet is not an stock image library.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Online Visual Identity

Learning Visions

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 My Online Visual Identity When Michele Martin changed her profile picture the other day, I realized I was a bit disoriented. And I saw how one dimensional our images of our online contacts (and digital friends) can be -- typically based on the same profile picture thats used in countless places. Ive had the same profile picture up for months -- on my blog, in Facebook, MyBlogLog, and now here.

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Selfie number 10

Learning with 'e's

Recently, in the wake of the #blimage blogging challenge I've been thinking about the power of photos and images. I have quite a collection of selfies and other photos of me with people who have either inspired me or influenced my thinking in some way. I usually run into them at conferences, and of course, a good way to create a memory is to get a picture taken with them. In the centre of the photo is Joyce Seitzinger.

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Telling your story

Learning with 'e's

They also encompass hyperlinks, sounds, videos, and images. Specifically, the session focused on images as narrative, and all of the group managed to create some impressive and in some cases stunning image sequences. I used images from a trip with my students to the Gambia in 2009 to present my own example of a narrative at the beginning of the session. This image is of a man looking out over the sea, in a coastal village in the Gambia.

Review: Adobe Spark


Spark Page allows you to create image-rich web pages, and Spark Video helps you make professional looking and sounding short videos. You can easily add content such as text, video and images to the slides and you can drag and drop slides to change their order.

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#LearningIs sharing

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The picture on this page of two children sharing was shared freely by its author on Wikimedia Commons. I'm using it freely because he gave his permission in a Creative Commons licence on the site. The image will get a lot more exposure than those by other photographers who don't freely licence their work. Yes, I know photographers need to earn a living just like everyone else, but giving one or two images away for free is actually good practice.

Working space as learning space

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Graham Attwell over at Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) has challenged me to take five pictures that depict my working space as a learning space. The DVDs in this image are relevant for teaching and learning - for example, the Stanford Prison Experiment movie is particularly useful when I'm teaching a session on human behaviour and perception for my second year psychology module. Also not in the photos is my Samsung Galaxy Android phone, because I was using it to take the photos.

Future technologies now

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HTC Vive in action - Photo by Steve Wheeler At the JISC Connect More event held in Cheltenham recently, a number of futuristic technologies were on display for delegates to experience. Also on show was the HTC Vive - a VR suite which provided a truly immersive experience (pictured). The capability of the system to allow you to render 3D images and then view them from all angles and perspectives was quite a powerful effect.

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Our viral web

Learning with e's

In an interesting episode last year, I personally experienced the power of the viral web through Wikipedia Commons. I took several pictures of Punk Godfather Malcolm McLaren when he spoke at Handheld Learning 2009 in London. The next day I posted his picture onto my Flickr account and licenced it under Creative Commons for free sharing and re-use. Subsequently others loaded it up in several versions to Wikimedia Commons. We are all Big Brother now.

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Python's got legs!

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler No, this is not some new discovery about the evolutionary development of snakes - nor is it a reptile dysfunction. by Steve Wheeler was written in London, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Web feats 6: Photosharing

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There was a time when you had to sit down people down, plonk an album in their lap and make them sit there for a while, to share your holiday snaps or photos of your sister's wedding. The alternative was to bore everyone to death by putting on a slideshow of your favourite photos in a darkened room - remember the Kodak Carousel? Either way, to enjoy your photos, they had to be in the same room. Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Zoom, webinars and anti-emetics

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Marcus Aurelius on Pexels What fresh kind of hell is this? and if you can get a picture and sound that's usable, and there's no pixellation or latency. Well, it looks as though for the foreseeable future we're all stuck with video call fatigue, shaky images and pixellation.

5 technologies to promote creative learning

Learning with 'e's

If those methods can also encourage creative thinking, they are even more welcome in the classroom. Technology can provide some of those creative solutions. Here are just five ideas for using technology to support learning, while promoting creative thinking, and I''m sure that with a little thought you will be able to adapt them to your own subject area. 1) Senses: In this picture the five traditional human senses are depicted.

Tools I Use

Marcia Conner

Pinterest - (pronounced to rhyme with Interest) This visually compelling social network features images from the web collected on bulletin-board style. Another reposts my Instagram pictures to Flickr. Instagram – A media sharing social network, used primarily on smart phones, provides special effects you can apply to photos to make them look terrific. ” - Curated collections of text, images, video and audio, to help you learn almost anything.

Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning

TechSmith Camtasia

I wrote a small web application that runs from my classroom computer which allows students to snap a picture of their work and upload it to my computer, anonymously if they choose. The featured image is creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by aperture_lag. Guest post by Hangzhou International School teacher, Evan Weinberg, written for the quarterly educator newsletter The Learning Lounge.

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Capturing the moment

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The picture of me on the left was taken around 1980 (from another photo collection), capturing a personal moment in time for me. It is now so much easier to create, edit, and share images over social media. Sites such as Picasa, Flickr and Facebook are full of shared images, many that have been posted to the web within seconds of being taken. Photographs are very powerful things. I was looking through some old photographs this week, from my younger days.

Devil in the detail

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Little Sarah's picture looks wonderful, but you don't get to see the five previous, crap attempts she made to paint that beautiful swan. After all, the ability to continually iterate versions of text or image is part of the creative process. Even better if each version can be preserved to be shown as a process of discovery or creativity that is equally valued with the finished product. So psychologist Guy Claxton believes that erasers are an instrument of the devil.

Stories without words

Learning with 'e's

They were given two days to complete the project, and the first day involved a 6 hour history walk around the city, where they were given opportunities to capture still and moving images and do some research. On the second day of the project they assembled their images and videos together, added sound effects and music, and then presented their videos to their peers and the module tutors for feedback. This week I gave my first year education students a new project.

#40years of Educational Technology: First days

Learning with 'e's

But let me paint a picture for you of my life back in 1976. My technical team would supply projectors for slides (Kodak Carousels), 16mm film (see the image above) and filmstrip, occasionally accompanied by an audio cassette player, where you changed the slides each time a tone sounded on the sound track. There was also a strange projection device called an epidiascope - where you could place solid objects on the glass plate and it would project an image of them onto the screen.

Twitter in the classroom

Learning with 'e's

They also use them to capture images and sounds during the lecture for reference later on. Often students take and send pictures of their group work so that other students can benefit from the discussion without being present in the room. Photo from Wikimedia Blog Twitter in the classroom by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Innovative practice

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Zoe, Megan (pictured above) and their friends, also in year 8, were working hard on creating an augmented reality art gallery. They were using iPad apps to create and then capture context aware images, that connected them directly to sites displaying to their own photos. They showed me how they planned to merge their own photos with the pictures they had made of animals, to create a new type of synthetic art.

In two minds

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Paivio''s model of cognition featured two modes of processing, known as imagens (images) and logogens (words), which are illustrated below. In a variety of experiments, it was found that people can generally process images faster than text, and can make quicker and smarter decisions when presented with pictures than they can with verbal instructions. Looking at images can evoke a different response to listening to the spoken word, or reading text.

Digitally safe?

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This baby (6 weeks old at the time the picture was taken) seems to be accessing digital content using an iPad. This is one of many evocative images of young children using technology that have been circulating on the web recently. How do we know that the little boy in the picture is actually doing anything with the iPad other than looking at it, or randomly touching it? Photo by Steve Paine on Flickr Digitally safe?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts&# to ask for advice. SMES get married to the content and often lose sight of the bigger picture. Put the labels right on the picture.

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The drama of Facebook

Learning with 'e's

Friends and others who may have access to the user''s personal artefacts, such as text information, conversations, pictures and videos, have the ability to publish these more widely that the user might be comfortable with. Images of users that were intended solely for private use might be reposted to wider circles of ''friends of friends'' without the subject''s permission, and then the horrified individual has to request that that image be removed.

Product or process?

Learning with 'e's

Picture the scene. It is a bright celebration of learning and it showcases the creative talents of the children. I visit a lot of schools as a part of my role as a teacher educator, and it always strikes me when I enter a school reception area, that only the best children's paintings, photos and other artwork are on display. They can express themselves creatively in more ways than you can ever imagine.

The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 2


Mind maps are especially effective in generating, visualizing and structuring ideas, and have been used since the seventies to aid in information organization, problem solving and creative writing. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “stock” is media industry speak for all kinds of ready-made multimedia assets such as photos, videos, clip-art and music , that you can just buy and incorporate to your courses.

Learning in round spaces

Learning with 'e's

This is the idea behind the Immersive Vision Theatre at Plymouth University , a converted planetarium that employs fish-eye lens projection systems to render 3 D moving images on a concave surface. Audiences sit in cinema style seats, and their field of vision is saturated by the images, supplemented by surround sound. Photos by Mike Smail and Igloo Vision Learning in round spaces by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

New wine in old bottles

Learning with e's

Facebookers for example, generally use their real names and images. Flickrites on the other hand are often anonymised, using psuedonyms and images to represent themselves. Should they see all a student's Facebook photos for example? If they don't have access, can a full picture of life online be obtained? Image source New wine in old bottles by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Updating My Blog

Learning Visions

I decided I wanted a picture in my banner to create some visual interest. But I didnt like what Blogger did with the image when I first uploaded it -- the only option was to place the text right on top of the image. So I created a new banner in Photoshop -- took another apple photo and added some text. To fully disclose, the image in the banner already had that reflection -- I can take no responsibility for that nice touch.

Diversity or conformity?

Learning with 'e's

And yet standardised testing, in all its forms, is designed to capture a narrow, quantifiable image of children''s abilities. It''s like teaching students to paint one picture over and over again, at the expense of learning the art of painting. How will children know that science and art have many connections, or that music and physics have a lot on common, if the subjects are taught differently, at different times and in vastly different environments?