Can you use any image on the internet?
No you can’t.
You can use images that are creative commons where the owner has given you permission to use the image as long as you include attribution. Here is a chart about the different licenses for images. There are many websites and search tools on the web for finding images that are creative commons. Some of these give you the attribution in an easy format as well. The one I have found easiest to use is compfight.
If you are administrator on an Edublogs or campus Edublogs platform blog, check out the plugins in your dashboard. Do you have one there called Compfight? If yes then activate it and look at the settings. These are the settings I use.
Once you have activated and checked your settings, the icon next to the word Compfight will now appear in your post dashboard next to the other insert/upload icons. To add a creative commons image to your blog post is now only one click away. You also have attribution included.
How to add the image and attribution.
- 1. Write your complete post.
- 2. At the end of your post on a new line, click on the compfight icon.
- 3. Put in your search term and find a small image that you want to use.
- 4. Click on the S under the image.
- 5. Now the image you chose and the attribution is at the bottom of your post.
Moving and aligning your image
You will notice most images I use are in the top right corner of my post with writing to the left of that image. How do I do that?
- 1. Click on the image and drag it so the cursor is at the beginning of the first line on my post.
- 2. Click on the image and click on the first icon you see. This will take you to an area where you can align the image to the right.
- 3. Click on the advanced settings tab of this page and put 10 in both the vertical and horizontal boxes. This will now give me a space around the image so my writing doesn’t run right into the image.
- 4. Now update.
For those who don’t have the compfight plugin
You can still find images easily at the Compfight website.
- 1. Put in your search term.
- 2. Once the images are shown, on the left sidebar make sure these words are in black – tags only, creative commons, show originals, safe and pop up on
- 3. Choose an image below the dotted line – these are free and creative commons now
- 4. Save the small version of the image to your computer – change the filename to something relating to the image instead of the numbers
- 5. Copy the code in the box
- 6. Back to your blog post which you have already written - at the bottom on a new line paste in the code using Ctrl V – change the tab from visual to HTML before pasting the code – then change back to visual to add your image.
- 7. Click at the beginning of the line where you want your image to appear.
- 8. Use the insert image icon at the top of your post, to find and download the image you have now saved on your computer drive.
- 9. Once the image has been crunched and downloaded, you can align the image to the right.
- 10. Click on the advanced settings tab of this page and put 10 in both the vertical and horizontal boxes. This will now give you a space around the image so your writing doesn’t run right into the image. Now update.
If using a blogging platform other than Edublogs, check out the help sites linked below.
Other websites or tools for images, clip art etc
You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts.
Activities relating to images
- If you have used images in previous posts, go back and give attribution for the images. If they are not creative commons, GNU or fair play, then you will need to take the images out of your posts.
- Write a post about your passions and find an appropriate image to include. Remember attribution needed.
- Find a great image and write a post about it.
Activity relating to the number 10
Put together an animoto, slideshow, poster or collage on a theme using 10 images you have found eg Animals at the zoo. Remember to add attribution as an image at the end of the animoto or slideshow. Include attribution with each image on your collage or poster.
Do you have any other great sites for finding images, clipart, music, sounds etc?
Please leave a comment on this post so other readers can share your knowledge.