There are many sites where you can find Creative Commons images for educational use, such as Unsplash and Pixabay. Recently, I discovered a new website that offers a library of nearly 500 images of students and teachers who participated in a project called, “American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.” Deeper Learning 4 All has categorized the images into subjects, such as Science or English, and also includes “Outdoor Learning” and other topics. These are high quality images for the web, and I know that I will definitely be using these in future blog posts. When you download each free image, the caption with citation is already included. As we do our best to respect student privacy in this age of overwhelming social media, it’s great to have a reliable resource for amazing images that represent diverse groups of engaged students and teachers.
If you are looking for another option for creating presentations, Jux may be the answer. Two reasons that you might like Jux are that it is visually stunning, and that it works on mobile platforms as well as on desktop computers.
Unfortunately, you need to give an e-mail address to sign up for Jux. But classroom teachers have found workarounds for this in the past, such as creating an account the whole class can use under the teacher’s e-mail address.
The Jux home page gives examples of different types of projects you could design. One of the ideas I liked was the “Top 10 List”. This would be a good framework for students to use, such as “The Top 10 Inventions in Communication” or “The Top 10 Exhibits from Our Museum Field Trip.”
Once a Jux presentation is created, there are multiple options for sharing, such as embedding it.
Two things you should think about before using this with your class, though, are: is this blocked from student access, and are there inappropriate images in the gallery? I have not seen anything inappropriate, yet, but I would recommend limiting younger students to creating a Jux presentation, and not digging too deeply into the examples. At the very least, you should hopefully be able to use it on your own, perhaps creating collections of images for your class blog or to generate interest in new topics you want to introduce in the classroom.