Public domain images for student projects

For regular readers of the 8 Blog, you know that I advocate using creative projects as alternative forms of assessment with students.  Instead of giving an exam or having students write a paper, educators could have their students develop a podcast, build a wiki or create a digital story.  One concern that emerges with these types of projects is students’ use of copyrighted images and media.  In the past, I have offered some resources explaining copyright laws and also listed sites that offer copyright-friendly materials.  This week, I thought I’d build on this work by offering a list of governmental repositories for media.  Since the agencies are funded through tax expenditures, the resources they offer exist in the public domain and can be utilized freely by students in the projects they develop.  Even though the materials are public domain works, students should be reminded to give proper attribution to the creators in their projects.

General Governmental Repositories:

US Government Photos and Images

Library of Congress

FEMA Photo Library

National Park Service

Fish and Wildlife Service

Science agencies:

USDA Agricultural Research Service

USDA National Agricultural Library

National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery

NASA Multimedia

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

US Antarctic Program

CDC Public Health Image Library

Military branches:

US Department of Defense

US Navy

US Air Force

US Army Image Library

US Marine Corps Pictures

Related posts:

What’s legal (Part 1)

What’s legal (Part 2)

Nine copyright friendly sites for student projects

Image used:  Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936) – Taken from Library of Congress

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