Google makes this process simple for all user by taking advantage of the Advance Image Search feature in Google Images. There are several helpful search features available here including filtering results by color, size, and aspect ratio (square, wide, panoramic, etc.). Any of these tools would be valuable alone but when you combine this tool set with the Usage Rights section at the bottom you begin to hone your search skills. There are five setting here ranging from not filtered to completely free to use, share or modify - even commercially. Each of the five categories is explained in detail by Google on the Usage Rights page. Encouraging this practice in the classroom will promote a higher level of digital citizenship and keep students in compliance with acceptable use policies.
Even more, the Advanced Image Search page allows Googlers to change the SafeSearch settings. SafeSearch can be adjusted to the strict filtering setting making the image results much more likely to be educationally appropriate. See a brief tutorial on Advanced Image Search below.
More on Digital and Media Literacy
- The Center for Media Literacy is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally.
- The Digital Information Fluency Model from 21cif.com
- Technology in Education - Why? from @21stCenturyTch
- 10 Steps to Strengthen Digital and Media Literacy from @reportertanya
- Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know