Pics4Learning is an online copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
Using this site will aid students and teachers in learning about multimedia and creating multimedia products for teachers and students to use.
Target Student Population:
Elementary through university students and educators; arts educators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Elementary and secondary students, student teachers, and educators can find resource images for presentations, reports, research projects, and personal web pages. This site helps educators model appropriate copyright use and respect.
Internet connection and browser. It is recommended that you run the newest version of Netscape on a Mac to be able to read everything on the page.
Evaluation and Observation
This is a good site for teachers and students to begin using to enhance reports, presentations, web pages, and research projects with graphic images. Since all images have been donated there is a range in quality and composition of the images. Many of them are extremely good for use in an educational setting.
Some thumbnails (images) are missing. Also there is an unevenness in the completeness and quality of the lesson plans at this site. Most of them offer very good ideas and activities that can be fully developed into lessons. Many do not include an assessment of what is being learned.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Access to copyright images such as these for educational use is powerful for teachers and students. As integration, interdisciplinary studies, and technology continue to evolve in the K-university arena, collections like this one offer support for visual literacy within the entire curriculum. Having immediate access to images for the development of a class project, research investigation, written report, or web page can stimulate the flow of more creative ideas for both students and educators.
Since all the images are donated and come from many different people, there are some discrepancies in the categories e.g., under "careers" there?s a picture of "Dried duck - street market" (taio9.jpg).
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
There are clear and specific directions for accessing the images on this site. The policy statement is well stated and informs the reader that the Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. There is complete information provided about each image for referencing. Name,
date, photographer, location, date take, size, etc. The advanced search feature allows you to find images by keyword, location, caption, and/or photographer.
The fonts in the upper right of the viewing area (Sort by Name, Date, Photographer, etc.) are too small to read on a Mac that uses Netscape 4.7 or less and they cannot be resized. If a user does not see an actual thumbnail image--only a the broken icon, the user may not click on that broken image link. But, in fact, there is a photograph ?under? that link.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site recently received a 2001?02 Award of Special Merit called the - "The Cyber Golden Hearts" from the SIGTel Online Learning Awards. SIGTel is a special interest group of ISTE (International Society for Technology Education). SIGTel is a network of educators involved with computer-based communications?either stand-alone stations or combined with other media. The SIGTel Bulletin reflects the SIG?s interests and activities in the areas of communications, projects, research, publications, international connections, and training. Please see: http://www.iste.org/sigtel/winners2002.html.