by Justin Tanis | The right image invites viewers in and helps them deepen their understanding of the subject; it also helps students who learn best visually. There are some great sources for publicly available photographs that are free to use and that keep you on the right side of the copyright laws. Here are some strong sources:
With more than 30,000 artworks available from 151 museums around the world, the Google Art Project is a treasure trove for educators. The site lets you link directly to works of art that students can see in high resolution detail, along with helpful notes about the artist, the artwork, its location, dimensions and more. You can also send your students on a virtual trip of museums ranging from The Hermitage to the National Museum of Delhi to The Tate and many more.
The Library of Congress has created a tutorial specifically for educators about copyright issues in the classroom. Copyright and Primary Sources allows you to go at your own pace and provides examples of different educational needs and how to meet them without violating copyright. Because each educator is responsible for his or her own use of material, it is important that we are all aware of applicable laws.