Free images for your blog

The-Ultimate-Guide-to-e1415831158352[1]Some images can be protected which prevent their use elsewhere, or at least require attribution. We’ve been pointed in the direction of this helpful list of The Ultimate List of Free Stock Images for Your Blog Posts — No Attribution Required!

Thoughts on how to use images on your blog…

  • Simply as decoration! Like the image on the right, it doesn’t add any value to the post apart from making it look a bit nicer. An easy place to start (if the image is relevant to the content!), but not a good place to end…
  • Brainstorming vocabulary. Works best if there is an image which fits with the lesson already – use it as a a quick activity to get creative juices flowing. Start with some of our suggested online resource sites like Padlet or Lino to add post-it notes around the image. Useful to then pick up later in the lesson.
  • Write about my picture. Similar to the old image prompts – either as a standalone/cold activity, or having built up to it with some shared work. This is easily seen within fiction writing but can also lend itself to some great non-fiction writing including non-chronological reports, journalistic writing, etc. It could be that only some children or some groups have this as their task while others do a similar task in other ways.
  • Talk about my picture. A more supported idea from the one above. Could be useful for children who need to build their confidence about their writing. By using AudioBoom they can record up to 10 minutes (they won’t need anywhere near that much!) of them speaking about what they could say about the picture. This could be having planned some notes first, or could be a recording of a conversation in a pair or small group to capture all of their ideas. The AudioBoom recording then gets uploaded for you to embed in your blog.
  • Improve my writing. Editing skills are much-needed and finding different ways to approach this area is important. You can put up some of your writing which needs editing. This can be differentiated either by separate posts or within the same post – for example some focusing on capital letters and full stops, others looking to improve vocabulary choices, and others with a more intricate set of success criteria to apply. The children can copy and paste your writing into their comment box then improve it from there.
  • Real shared writing. We’re all used to doing shared/guided/group writing which is often led by a teacher with a flip chart taking ideas from the children to create a similar piece of work. Collaborating online through Google Docs is a way to encourage all children to be involved in the writing at the same time. More information is online here, here, here and other places.
  • There are bound to be other ways to use images that you discover. Comment and let us know!
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