Using flickrcc to find images

This is probably the easiest way to find images to use in your blog post. But some schools have this site blocked so you might need to check with your IT co-ordinator.

How do you use it?

  1. In your blog dashboard, you write your post that is going to include an image.
  2. Go to the flickrcc website linked here – there is a link to this on the sidebar of this blog.
  3. Type your search term in the box – make sure editing is ticked in case you want to make some changes to the image.
  4. Choose the image you want to use. Remember you can find more choices by clicking the blue next 30 button.
  5. Click on the thumbnail of the image you want to use. It will now appear as a larger image on the right hand side.
  6. Above the image you will also find attribution information.

Adding the image to your blog post

Go to your post dashboard and click the upload/insert icon.

Click on from URL.

There are four things you now need to do from the flickrcc screen.

  1. Choose size of image you want to use – small or medium (highlight 1) will be large enough most times.
  2. Right click on image and copy image location. If using Internet Explorer, right click on image, go to properties and copy the address area. Come back to your blog screen and paste this in “URL area“.
  3. Go back to flickrcc and copy highlighted area 3. Back to your blog screen and paste in” link image to area“.  Choose your alignment and click on insert into post.
  4. Copy the first line of the attribution (highlight 4) and add to the end of your post.

Image: ‘Doing some Sisyphus work

Now I have shown you three different ways to find images – using Google advanced search, pics4learning and flickrcc.

Which did you find the easiest?

Leave a comment on this post or write your own post about finding and using images.

Using pics4learning to find images

This is a great website where all images are available for educational blogs, wikis, powerpoints and projects etc as long as you give attribution for the image.

On the website is a page giving you tips for searching. Looking at this will teach you better search techniques and will make your searching time more effective.

You also need to read their page on image use policy.

How do you use it?

  1. In your blog dashboard, you write your post that is going to include an image. Then you go to pics4learning to find the best image relating to your post.
  2. Click on browse topics. When the list of topics appears, some will have arrows next to them. This means there are sub-topics as well. So clicking on the topic name next to the arrow will open up more choices.
  3. Under the topic countries, let’s look for Australia and a picture of something related to our history or geography. Found one of Uluru, the well known red rock in the centre of Australia.

If using Internet Explorer or an image saved on a computer

  1. You will need to download the image to your own computer. Check how big the image is. You might have to resize it first so it will fit neatly in your post about 450 pixels maximum width.   By resizing first, re-saving then uploading to your post, it takes up less storage space.
  2. Back to your blog post. To insert an image, you click on the upload/insert icon above the post dashboard.
  3. You are inserting from your computer.
  4. Select to find your image and open it.
  5. The Edublogs platform will crunch your image.
  6. Make sure you have checked the alignment of your image and the size of the image then click insert into post.

If using Firefox or uploading direct from a URL

You don’t need to save the image.

Go to your post dashboard and click the upload/insert icon.

Click on from URL.

Your screen will now look like this.

  1. Go back to pics4learning. Right click on image and copy image location. Come back to your blog screen and paste this in “URL area“.
  2. Go back to pics4learning. Right click and copy link location. Back to your blog screen and paste in” link image to area“.

Choose your alignment and click on insert into post.


What about giving attribution from pics4learning?

This is very easy. Go back to the page where your image is on pics4learning. Below the image is a citation area. Highlight and copy this information, then paste it in at the bottom of your blog post.


Vernon, Mitch. ar17.jpg. 2006. Pics4Learning. 28 Sep 2012 <>

Are you ready?

Have you started getting organized for school next week?

I spent a few hours yesterday with a couple of new teachers, Mrs Fall and Ms Thomsett,  who are just starting blogging with their classes this coming term. They have got their first post ready for students when they head back to school next week.

Have you seen those classes taking part in the student blogging challenge? I notice Mr Price and Mr Woolley have registered their classes already. Lots of ideas for students and teachers to write posts and use different web 2.0 tools to present work on their blogs. Register your class here, then check out the participants page to find more classes to connect with. Students can also visit other student blogs at this spot.

I won’t be holding the evening sessions over the next few weeks as I am heading to Perth, Western Australia for the ACEC2012 conference (Computers in Education really) and have decided to do some touring while I am over there. When I return I will hold online sessions again on a Monday afternoon from 3.00-4.30 which might be easier for teachers to just stay at school for half an hour or so rather than find time in your busy homelife at 7pm. I will send each of you an email closer to this time though.

Please keep visiting each others blogs, leave great comments and write interesting posts. If you have any questions, please send me an email through your blogs Inbox on your dashboard, through my DoE email or via my tasteach56 account at gmail.

Image: ‘Class photo‘

Using Google advanced search for images

This will be a step by step tutorial on how to use Google advanced search to find images and get attribution for images to use in your blog posts.This is probably the hardest way to find an image to use.

  1. Go to Google search and put in your search term(s) eg Tasmanian Devil
  2. Choose images only on left sidebar – wow over 1 million images to choose from
  3. But how many of these are able to be used in my blog?
  4. Top right corner, click on the option wheel and choose advanced search.
  5. Go to bottom of this page and under usage rights choose free to use or share
  6. Click on the blue advanced search button
  7. Oh, now I only have 44 images to choose from.
  8. I would choose an image from a site that might have something to do with Tasmanian Devils rather than a person’s blog. They might have copied the image without permission.

This is the image I chose to use – sounds like fotopedia is a reputable site.

  1. Hover over the picture and click on the link
  2. I am now at fotopedia site and can see the image was actually from a flickr site, so fotopedia are not the owners of the image.
  3. I click on the flickr link and am now at the original site of the image.
  4. I look on the right sidebar and find the license information and I can use it.

I have now created a screencast showing the above steps for those students who are more visually inclined. This is the first time I have used Screenr so hope it works well.


Now how do I download the image and give the attribution?

  1. I don’t want an image that is too big, so I click on Actions above the image, and choose view all sizes.
  2. For blogs the small size is generally big enough. Click on this.
  3. Make sure your blog post has been written and you are ready to insert your image.
  4. Click at the beginning of the line where you want your image to appear.
  5. Click on the upload/insert button above your blog post. Choose from URL.
  6. We now need the URL of the image, usually starts with farm4.static or something similar if a Flickr image
  7. We also need the link location which will start with or similar

If using Internet Explorer

  1. Right click on image, then properties. Copy the image URL or address. Paste into URL area.
  2. Go back to image, and highlight the location of the image from the top of the page eg etc, copy and paste into the link image to area.
  3. Choose where to align the image – I usually choose right .
  4. Insert into post.
  5. To give attribution, write Image: Source at the bottom of your post. Highlight Source and add a link to the location you should still have copied on your clipboard.
  6. WOW! I have finally found an image, uploaded from the URL and given attribution.

If using Firefox

  1. Right click on image and copy the image location. Paste this into the URL area.
  2. Follow from step 2 for Internet Explorer.

I will create a screencast on how to upload and add attribution when I write the post about using flickrcc for your images.

Image: Source

How to: find and insert images

A post looks a lot more interesting if you have included an image, as long as it relates to the topic you are writing about.

But where can you get these images?

I’ll Google it


Not every image on the web can be used in your blog. You need to find ones that have a creative commons license and then you need to give attribution to the owner of that image somewhere on your post.

What’s attribution?

A note to show that someone else took the photo and they have given you permission to use it.

But how can I know that?

Well check out my next few posts where I look at using Google advanced search, Flickrcc and Pics4Learning. Notice I have a link to each of these in my sidebar as well as other sites to get music, clipart and images to use.

In each post I will show you how to find and insert images to your posts as well as give attribution for the images. I will also mention how to do this using Internet Explorer and Firefox, because both need to be done differently.

Image: ‘A Picture Says A Thousand Words‘ by dullhunk