Podcast Episode 015: Pixabay
|Image from pixabay.com|
How do you jazz up an otherwise boring & text-heavy document, blog post, or website? Check out Pixabay! Here you can find royalty-free photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and even video clips! Listen to this episode for more details.
Riding on the coattails of the very brief discussion of copyright and web etiquette in Episode 009, I’d like to take a moment to draw your attention to a site I use regularly called Pixabay.com
I learned about this site a couple years ago while reading Richard Byrne’s Free Tech for Teachers blog, which I highly recommend. Pixabay is a great source to help students and teachers find rich media content for use in reports, on blogs or websites, wherever a little color or an interesting image might help rescue a bland text-heavy product. Users can find photographs, illustrations, vector graphics, and even video clips. Just visit pixabay.com to get started.
There are two really great things about Pixabay. The part I like most about Pixabay is that it does not require any account login Just search for an image, click on it and follow the prompts to download, help them make sure you are not a robot, and the image is yours to use. I would suggest a reference back to Pixabay to let folks know where the image was found, however. The next part I love is the price - it’s all completely free to use.
So far I’ve found only one downside to Pixabay. You do need to be a little careful. Pixabay is based in Europe, and I think that what some consider artistic across the waters might end up being less than acceptable for younger viewers here in the States. Our schools’ filters will protect kids on Chromebooks from most of the images that might cause concern, but be warned to try a test run yourself before you show kids how to use the site on your SMART board. I’d hate for someone to be searching for an image of the planet Venus and have a nude statue appear in your third grade classroom.