Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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170,000 Library Of Congress Images Put Online At Unique Interactive Site

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Yale has just unveiled a unique interactive site of 170,000 images from The Library of Congress taken during the Great Depression, and it includes over 3,000 photos taken by the legendary Dorthea Lange, including the famous one at the top of this post.

The Library of Congress states:

Most photographs in this collection are considered to be in the public domain; however, labels on a few images indicate that they may be restricted.

The photos have been available at The Library Of Congress for quite awhile, but Yale has done something really special with their Photogrammar site, which has organized them in some very intriguing ways.

One of the most useful features is a map coded by counties in the United States — click on a county and you can see all the photos taken there. It also have a very effective “Search” function, and a super-duper categorized “Tree Map” of all their photos that I’m trying to figure out how to use for history and language development with my English Language Learners.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images.

Thanks to Open Culture for the tip.

August 31, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“12 million historic copyright-free images” Now Available For Free Online

I’m just going to quote from this new BBC article, Millions of historic images posted to Flickr:

An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

I’m adding this post to The Best Online Sources For Images.

April 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Getty Museum Adds 77,000 Images To Public Domain

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Last August, I published a post titled Getty Museum Makes Nearly 5,000 Public Domain Images Available Online — Will Increase In Future.

Well, they did just that this week, adding 77,000 more images to the public domain. They can be used for any purpose by anyone, as long as they give proper attribution.

You can read more about it at Open Culture and at The Getty.

I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

March 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Getty Images Has Just Become The Number One Source For Images In Social Media — Choose From 40 MILLION!

Getty Images has just unveiled an embed feature for 40 million of their photos, making them available for non-commercial use.

40 MILLION! That’s a lot of images.

However, that’s less than a third of the photos on their site, so after searching with a keyword, you have to look for photos that have the embed symbol (circled) on the bottom right, as in the screenshot below:

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I don’t see how you can resize the images (though perhaps someone can tell me how that is possible) but, if so, you can’t have everything :)

The image at the top of this post is an example of how a Getty Image looks when it’s embedded.

Of course, I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

You can learn more about this new Getty feature at TechCrunch and at The Verge.

Thanks to Yoni Appelbaum for the original tip.

NOTE: Getty embedded images do show-up in an RSS feed. However, they apparently are not “Pinnable” on Pinterest.

November 8, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Finding Similar Images To Use For Compare/Contrast Prompts

I wrote a fairly popular post yesterday titled The Best Ways To Modify The Picture Word Inductive Model For ELLs.

One of the ways I mentioned was:

teachers can find a comparable photo to the main one, have students label those words, and then create Venn Diagram and ultimately a compare/contrast essay.

I also linked to an example.

However, today, I realized I had neglected to mention the easiest way to find comparable photos.

It’s extraordinarily simple:

1.  Go to Google Images,

2.  Click on the camera icon in the search box

Click on Camera icon

3.  You will be prompted to either paste the URL address of the image for which you want to find a similar one or you can upload a photo (boy, that’s sure a tortured sentence :) ).

Paste the URL

4.   Click enter and then you’re given a number of other images to choose from….

And here is a cool image upload trick for those using Chrome or FireFox:

1.  Go to Google Images,

Go to image search

2.  Drag the image from your computer into the image search area.

Drop the image in the search area

3.  A ‘Search by image’ box automatically loads and you just drop the image in the search area.

4.   Once uploaded you’re given a number of other images to choose from….

Example of search result

It couldn’t be more simple, and I’m adding this info to yesterday’s post.

 

August 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Getty Museum Makes Nearly 5,000 Public Domain Images Available Online — Will Increase In Future

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The Getty Museum just made an announcement:

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.

I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

July 10, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Find Public Domain Images With Bing

Richard Byrne has discovered an easy way to search for public domain images on the Bing search engine, and he’s got a simple screenshot on his blog that shows you how.

I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

Personally, my favorite place these days to find images for this blog is Wylio. It’s super simple to use and works very well giving you the appropriate attribution within its embed code. You get five images a month for free, and then have to pay less than $40 per year for using more. I think it’s worth it.

July 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Images & Videos Of The Protests In Egypt

Protests in Egypt yesterday were some of the largest in the history of the world. Here are some related links I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History:

Video and Images of Anti-Morsi Protests is from The New York Times.

Massive protest against President Morsi in Egypt is a slideshow from The LA Times.

Egyptians Protest the Rule of Morsi is a TIME slideshow.

Amazing Photos of Egypt’s Massive Demonstrations is from The Washington Post.

May 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Brainscape Lets You Create Flashcards Including Images & Audio

There are a ton of free flashcard creating-and-using sites out there, and I’ve listed the ones I think are the best over at The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards.

I’m adding a new one to that list….

Brainscape lets you add images and allows you to record sound simply by clicking on the “Advanced Editor.” It’s easy to add both, and those features make Brainscape stand out a bit from some of the other sites out there. (reader Mariana Mendoza tells me that Brainscape has now removed that option).

April 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Search & Use One Million Images at Imgembed

Imgembed is a “crowdsourced” collection of what’s now up to one million images that are free to use as long as you credit the photographer (it automatically appears with the embed code). You can also pay if you don’t want to have a header with an attribution. And you can contribute your own photos, too.

You can read more about it here at 10,000 Words, and I’ve embedded a short video about it below. I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images.

March 29, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Yay! Tildee Now Lets You Grab Images From The Web To Insert In Your Tutorials

I’ve previously posted about Tildee, which lets you very, very easily create online tutorials without having to register. My only disappointment with it had been that you could only insert images from your computer and not grab images for the web.

No longer.

Tildee has recently added that feature. They’ve added in in a way I haven’t seen sites use before — you click the upload image from your computer box and, then, when your box pops up, you just paste the url address of the image into it and click “open.”

I wonder how technically difficult doing it that way is? If it’s easy, you’d think all sites would allow that to be an option….

March 23, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Images From The Planck Satellite

The media has been awash with images from the Planck satellite this week. Here’s a short explanation from The New York Times:

Astronomers released the latest and most exquisite baby picture yet of the universe on Thursday, one that showed it to be 80 million to 100 million years older and a little fatter than previously thought, with more matter in it and perhaps ever so slightly lopsided.

Recorded by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, the image is a heat map of the cosmos as it appeared only 370,000 years after the Big Bang, showing space speckled with faint spots from which galaxies would grow over billions of years.

Here are some interactives using the images:

Planck spacecraft looks back to the first moments after the Big Bang – interactive is from The Guardian.

Mapping the Early Universe is from The New York Times.

Cosmic ripples come into focus is an interactive from New Scientist.

Planck satellite: Maps detail Universe’s ancient light
is from The BBC.

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January 19, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Viewed Flickr Commons Images

Five years ago, Flickr and the Library Of Congress joined forces to create Flickr Commons — a compilation of public domain photographs. Since that time, other institutions have also joined in. They just released a collection of their most viewed photos during that time, and it’s pretty neat.

Here are various presentations of them that have appeared throughout the Web:

Flickr celebrates Commons’ fifth year and 250k photos with galleries of most viewed pics is from The Next Web.

Flickr Commons’ most-viewed or most-favourited photos of the last five years is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics is from DP Review.

The pictures we love best: Flickr celebrates fifth birthday with its most viewed images is from The Mail Online.

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and photos and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

December 5, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2012

I’m beginning my annual “The Best…” list highlighting “year in review” images. There aren’t a whole lot right now on the date of this post, but they’ll soon be coming out of the woodwork. I figured it would be helpful for teachers to get access to at least some of them prior to Winter Break.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2011

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2010

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2009

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2008

Here are my choices for The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2012:

2012: The year in pictures is from CNN.

2012: The Year in Photos, Part 1 of 3 is from The Atlantic.

2012: The Year in Photos, Part 2 of 3
is from The Atlantic.

2012: The Year in Photos, Part 3 of 3
is from The Atlantic.


Best photos of the year 2012
is from Reuters.

Year In Photos is from The Wall Street Journal.

Nature has some great “year in review” features, including photo collections.

Looking Back at 2012: Ideas for Reflecting on the Year and Teaching With Retrospectives is an excellent lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.

The Boston Globe Big Picture has a series of year in review photos:

Best nature pictures of 2012

2012 Year in Pictures: Part I

2012 Year in Pictures: Part II

2012 Year in Pictures: Part III is from The Boston Globe.

2012’s photos of the year is from The Washington Post.

Year in Review: 2012 is from CBS News.

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October 31, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Hurricane Sandy Images

September 5, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Great Images From Voyager I