You've heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is true in education as well. Using digital images can improve attention, appeal to students with different learning styles, and help get a point across quickly and effectively. Google images is not the best source. Use this page for resources for finding digital images for use in your classroom.

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Google Images & Yahoo Images Use the images tab to search for images.
PicSearch - image search with some interesting options; for example, you can choose to search only black and white or color photos.
YotoFoto - a search engine which claims to be indexing over a quarter million pictures
Flickr - Millions of users, million of photos. This is Web 2.0 at its finest. This photo sharing site allows users to tag their photos, or add keywords to them when they upload. When you search for photos here, you enter a tag into the search box and any photo that has been tagged with that keyword is returned. BEWARE OF COPYRIGHT....
Tips for using Flickr:
    • Try doing an ADVANCED SEARCH for only images licensed under creative commons OR
    • Try FlickrCC this will ensure you only find images that are not copyrighted
    • Try a tag search for math nature and you will get photos from folks who have tagged photos with those words. Go to the site and try this.
    • You can also do a group search for photos. Do the same search from above and your results will show groups who have uploaded photos with the theme math nature.
KidsClick - This page contains links to special image databases under the following categories: Art, Astronomy/Space, Animals, History/Society. Some of the links include Astronomy Picture of the Day, FWS Image Archive, and American Memory Collection.
Yotophoto - From the site: "Yotophoto is a search engine for free-to-use stock photographs and images. These are images that are either in the Public Domain or released under generous Creative Commons, GNU FDL or similar licenses."
Stock.Xchng - This site is full of stock photos for professionals. It is still full of photos that are great for classroom use.
PixelPerfect - Another site meant for professionals but full of of photos appropriate for classroom use. This is a comprehensive site on digital photography with tons of information on cameras, reviews, links, and more.

University of Washington Library has a comprehensive guide to Digital Images

Biology and Environmental Sciences

National Image Library, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Searchable collection of public-domain, photographic (still) images of wildlife, plants, National Wildlife Refuges and wildlife management work.
NOAA Photo Library
Image collections covering topics from ocean, Earth and space. While most images are in the public domain, credit must be given to NOAA unless otherwise stated.
On-line Photography Center, USDA
High quality digital photographs made available (public domain) by the USDA Photography Center. Nice historical collection.
University of California Berkeley Digital Projects
UC-Berkeley has digitized more than 75,000 images of flora and fauna from around the world.
Visible Earth, NASA
Collection of images and animations of Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, land surface and oceans.


American Memory Project
The Library of Congress had digitized a wide variety of materials including many photographs and letters of historical importance.

Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing, and Math

The Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Image Archives
Provides links to image collections in a variety of engineering fields, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, and environmental engineering.
Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library
Searchable database of photographs, illustrations, and maps of the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil and military projects. Search by subject, state, or division. Contains historic images.
Chip Shot
From Florida State University. Contains “photomicrographs (photographs taken through a microscope)” of integrated circuits. Collection arranged by chip manufacturer (e.g., AT&T; Intel; IBM)
NIX: NASA Image eXchange
Search engine for NASA’s online multimedia collections. Includes image collections from Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and NASA Headquarters, among others. Browse by category (e.g., Aeronautics, Solar System, Space Flights) or use the advanced search functions. Also includes links to other science image collections.
PIX: Photographic Image eXchange
From the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab. Includes photographs of energy technologies, such as biomass, wind, nuclear, and hybrid vehicles. Search by subject or state.
An “International Database and Gallery of Structures.” Special emphasis on skyscrapers, dams, tunnels, and stadiums. Browse by Name, Construction Method, Function, Geographic Location, or Year of Completion. Includes images of both historic and modern sites.

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