Adding images

Make your lessons visual by using images. For example, when you talk about an author, you might want to add an image of that author. Or if you mention a book, include it’s cover image. Google Images is a great way to find specific images that you may be looking for.

You may also want to include thematic images to go with your lesson content. Here are some resources for you to find that perfect image for your lesson. Please make sure respect the usage policy outlined by each website/resource below:

1. Unsplash

An amazing website for downloading high-resolution photographs. All images are under the CC0 license meaning they are in public domain and you are free to use them in any way you like.

2. LIFE Photo Archive

This Google images website hosts millions of historical photographs from the LIFE library.

3. Old Book Illustrations

Offers a really nice collection of public domain illustrations scanned from old books

4. Flickr

Flickr has always been a reliable source of free images, and it still is to this day. It’s important that you understand what Creative Commons license is attached to the image you are using

5. Public Domain Review

A well-curated selection of public domain photos, illustrations, art, audio, films and texts. Founded back in 2011, it’s become an ever-growing community of history enthusiasts.

6. The British Library

The national library of the UK has uploaded over a million vintage photographs and scanned images to Flickr that are now in pubic domain and they encourage re-use.

7. Flickr Commons

If you like the British library archive above, see all the great collections Flickr Commons has.

8. Pixbay

With more than 420,000 images to select from, there is a good chance this inventory will satisfy your needs.

Adding video

You cam embed videos into your lessons from sites like Vimeo and You Tube or just upload your video directly here on Wet Ink.

For example, here is a video from Vimeo:

Don’t limit yourself to the above well known sites. There is a treasure trove of content online which may be relevant to your class. For example, here is a video of the 1903 film “The Infernal Cauldron”:

Here are some resources for videos. Please make sure respect the usage policy outlined by each website/resource below:

1. The Public Domain Review

Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.

2. Prelinger Archive

This archive, which is on the Internet Archive, offers access to a large number of public domain movies and videos.

3. Vimeo Public Domain Channel

Vimeo offers an entire channel devoted to videos that are in the public domain.

4. Stock Footage

Video footage licensed under a variety of licenses, including Creative Commons licenses, as well as footage in the public domain.

5. Moving Images Archive

Our goal in digitizing these movies and putting them online is to provide easy access to a rich and fascinating core collection of archival films. By providing near-unrestricted access to these films, we hope to encourage widespread use of moving images in new contexts by people who might not have used them before.

6. US National Archives

Their main catalog offers a lot more but the link to their You Tube page above gives a taste of what they have.

7. Library of congress

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items.

Use Audio

You can embed audio into your lessons as well.

You may also want to use SoundCloud to upload your audio. They have a nice visual player for audio and you can also create playlists there. You can also directly upload your audio files in your lessons. With this, students will also have the option of downloading the original audio file.

Here are some resources for finding appropriate audio for your lessons. Please make sure respect the usage policy outlined by each website/resource below:

1. Internet Archive Audio Collection

Large collection of recordings, ranging from “alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry recordings, to original music contributed by users.

2. LibriVox

Audiobooks. The collection includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and dramatic works. LibriVox takes texts already in the public domain in the US, asks volunteers to make audio recordings of that text, and then releases the resulting audio back into the public domain. The texts are (mostly) from Project Gutenberg.

3. Project Gutenberg audio books

Human-read audio books in a number of languages. Classics like Aesop’s Fables and works by the likes of Jane Austen, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lewis Carroll.

4. Library of Congress

24 collections in the Library of Congress’ American Memory include sound recordings. There’s a mix of spoken word and music recordings — you can hear person-on-the-street interviews made just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as reactions to the September 11 attacks. What else? The stories of former slaves … Thomas Edison’s sound recordings … Northern California folk music from the 1930s … and more.

5. Project Gutenberg recorded music

Various works and artists, from Sophie Tucker to the US Marine Band to Giusseppe Verdi.

6. Bible

Audio recordings of, you guessed it, the World English Bible.

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