|Don't be this guy, right?|
(Thanks to someecards.com)
I think most educators--myself included--really want to do the right thing. Most teachers don't deliberately set out to break copyright law. But we might not know just what's required of us, or we're in such a rush to get things together for our lessons that we don't make the time to ensure that we're doing things right.
So here are a few ways you can find royalty free images for your own use...
Many Flickr users make their images and photos available for Creative Commons licensing. Get to know what the symbols mean, and when you search Flickr you'll know which images are freely usable, or what specific limitations there are for your using them.
Google Image Search has advanced searching tools that will allow you to find images that you can use without guilt. On the advanced search page, choose the appropriate option in the last drop-down menu (the "usage rights" menu) for your use. Not sure? Choose "free to use, share or modify, even commercially." (There's lots of other options on this page, by the way, that might help streamline your search and find exactly the image you're looking for.)
Do you have other tools you use to find royalty free images for your teaching practice? Please share!