May 16, 2021

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Cool Tools to Find Free Images

May is National Photography Month! Check out this trio of tools to use when you are looking for free images. Share these resources with your students who can use the images for their own projects and assignments. 

Grades K-12

TeachersFirst's Free Image Resources

This curated list of resources provides free image tools. Find appropriate resources your students can use on their own projects. Image usage is a perfect opportunity to discuss important topics like copyright and Creative Commons.

Grades K-12


This site's goal is to provide a platform for emerging photographers to share their work. Check out these free, hand-picked images to use as you wish. Scroll through the site to view trending images or use the search feature to locate images by keyword.

Grades K-12

Free Digital Photos

Preview and download quality photos and images free of charge. Each free image includes paid options for higher resolution downloads. Browse through categories or use the keyword search to view available images by topic.

Cools Tools to Edit Your Photos

Try out new ways to edit your photos using the resources shared in this section. Each of the tools shared offers different options for editing. 

Grades K-12

PhotoScissors Background Remover

Instantly change the look of your images by removing the background! Follow the directions to adjust areas to include or delete. After removing the background, continue designing your image by adding a colored backdrop, uploading an image, and more.

Grades K-12

Free Online Photo Editor

Quickly enhance or edit images using this tool, with no registration required. Upload your own image or use the URL to edit any online image. Use the site's drop-down boxes to add text and borders, enhance images, and include filters and effects.

Grades K-12


Discover a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs using your own uploaded images or video. Other tools allow you to crop, resize, reverse, split, and add text. When finished, save to your device.

Cool Tools to Create Projects

Let your creativity run wild as you peruse these tools that you can use to create projects to share with your students or that your students can use to show what they know about a topic! 

Grades K-12


Combine your images with quotes for use on social media. Click to start your graphic and type a quote, select from the included backgrounds at the bottom of the page, add tags and categories if desired, and choose your privacy setting.

Grades K-12


Convert your photos into images that look like paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin and select one of the two options of painting styles. This site has many additional features allowing you to customize your image.

Grades K-12

Photo Joiner Collage Maker

Create photo collages registration-free. Use the sidebar tools to select the number of images, customize the image size, and add a border. Additional features offer the ability to choose from layout options, add text, and create memes.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join our weekly virtual workshop on Tuesday at 7 PM ET and our bi-monthly Twitter chat on Thursday! We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Tuesday, 5/18, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning

Using an instructional playlist is a simple way to honor student voice and choice while structuring the work your students do independently. Join us this Tuesday for our next virtual workshop to learn how using playlists can support student choice.

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Thursday, 5/20, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Harnessing the Power of Podcasting

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will define and discuss the components of podcasting, share tech tools to support podcasting, and explore ways to incorporate podcasting in the classroom.

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Infusing Technology Blog

National Photography Month

May is National Photography Month, and this blog post shares a plethora of information, including resources for teaching and learning about digital citizenship, strategies for including photos in projects, and different ways to edit and use images.

Read new strategies in this recently added blog post »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks "How do you use images in the classroom?" Share your thoughts and view the replies of others when you click to submit your response.

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