Finding digital images

This week I have been talking to classes about the crime genre. I have also worked on creating some on-line resources for the staff and students for this and helping another staff member illustrate a digital book on some English poetry/ballads. I have been looking for pictures/images to add to the resource and so have used usual suspects to find them; Flickr Storm, FlickrCC and Compfight. I also found a new site for free, high-quality, digital images named Still in beta form, it offers images that you can use as a whole or as fragments. There is a daily downloading limit of 45MB and you can also search a for a colour after you have typed in a keyword.


When you find a picture, click on it and you are given the link. Go to this link, choose the size of the image (small, med or large) to download and then save it. An example of a “water” image downloaded is below.


 I have also been looking for artworks that contain religious symbol and came across the vitual tours of the Louvre. Many years ago I visited Paris and took a real tour but this is a fairly good substitute, especially for students who are studying art, art history or even history as the artworks show a lot of historical information.



I went to the eye-openers tab and had a look at the 3D options.

A New-Style Museum Visit-in 3D.  A new multimedia feature on presents artworks in an imagined or reconstructed 3D space. Visit these virtual “galleries” for a whole new look at works of art.

There are a lot of nice options on the site. Actually I spent time on the site because I simply just enjoyed it!

FlickrLeech- yet another way to search for images!

What can I say? Another tool that allows you to search Flickr for images. FlickrLeech is another very simple tool to use. You can choose to search through photos using tags or for a particular user, group or interestingness.

You can also choose how you want the interface style to look, (I preferred the “dark” setting), what size you preferred the results to be shown on your screen, whether to show a preview when hovering over the picture, how many results are put up onto the screen and where you go when you click onto the image.

You can also choose to search in Advanced mode and ask for photos with particular CC licences.

Once you have sorted out your settings (it doesn’t take long) the search happens very quickly with the images found very clear and easy to see and it is easy to scroll down to fine the ones you prefer.

This is yet another very easy way to find CC images for students and staff.

Images and words: using, manipulating, playing

Whilst I was on-line this morning up popped a couple of emails, One was sent by a teacher and it included the photograph below.

I looked around the web and found a blog, CFRU 93.3fm Election Radio, which posted the photo with the following text

It would seem that the credit crunch is having a really significant impact in the UK.

Even those more fortunate than most are having to make difficult decisions to ensure that their standard of living is maintained.

I don’t know if they created the photo but it certainly brought a laugh to students and teachers alike. I had a great discussion last week with the boys in the reading club/group. We started off talking about some books, then got om to how the media manipulated readers by the language used in their stories and finally discussed the economic crisis and the speeches made by politicians (what do they really mean?)

I was sitting in the library and around me there was a display of newspaper headlines for this year. I had collected these news banners for the morning delivery of papers over this year. So many words in bold print saying…?

These headlines have caused quite a bit of discussion with the students when they have come into the library over the past week.

I then started thinking about what activities you might base on these headlines. They could be the basis of some interesting approaches to language. Continue reading

CompFight: another way to find CC photos on Flickr

I am often looking for pictures/photos in the public domain that I (and/or my students) can use in things we are creating, be it blogs, wikis, video clips or other projects. I have discussed before that students are happy to “legally” use images as long as they know how to and that it is not too complicated. The Flickr collection offers a lot but it is not always easy to find what you need. There are many who have developed all sorts of interesting tools for making better use of Flickr. have been using FlickrCC and FlickrStorm as my first port of call although I also like Tag Galaxy as well, to find interesting images.

FlickrCC makes free to use photos, in Creative Commons, easy to find. FlickrStorm is another nice search tool that has some useful features such as the ability to look for CC photos only and create a list of images that can be shared.  There is the “how-to” on FlickrStorm by ICT guy as well.  

Another search tool I have come across, via CogDog is CompFight

This is a very simple search tool to use. If you click on:

  • Tags you will have the option of searching through all the tags or all text
  • Creative Commons is a link to go between all, off or commercial searches
  • Seek Originalallows you to choose whether or not you want original images
  • One caution,I do not know how the Safe optionreally works. Typing in”sex”, which the boys are wont to do at times, results in many images of naked bodies, in various poses. Of course you explain about how to search appropriately when searching the Internet in general but I would not rely on the “safe” mode to filter inappropriate images out.

The results of a search are displayed as a thumbnail, without any of the photographs details, which means you can get many thumbnails on the page at a time and, as you can scroll down, the next batches are loaded so you don’t have to click onto the pagination tag. It is very easy to compare and get an overview of the images available and simple for students to use.

An image is worth 1000 words

Microblogging paints a picture

Microblogging paints a picture,
originally uploaded by shareski.

I always like to use images to help describe something, be it in a lesson or on my blog, or whatever. I was looking at a post, 25-ways-to-spice-up-your-blog-post-photos, on a site called Pro Blog Design. This discussed how to make images more striking and therefore enhance a blog. There were a number of tutorials on how to use Photoshop to make a photograph more dynamic. The tutorials are really easy to follow and worth a look.

This reminded me to go and have a look at Dean Shareski’s Flickr photo set (interesting quotes) and found that he has added to the collection. This one is “Microblogging paints a picture”. There are a number of others, some of which I have used before.