When assigning multimedia projects for students, it is often hard to locate royalty-free media among collections of copyrighted material. Thankfully, others have discovered this problem as well and have developed tools for discovering media that are safe and legal for students to use in their multimedia projects.
Here are a few of those tools:
- Kozzi – Kozzi provides free, professionally-shot photography. (H/T Larry Ferlazzo)
- Free Stock Music – This site provides just what its title suggests. (H/T EdTech Toolbox)
- AMCI Generator – Here’s a tool that provides downloadable audio and video from Australia. (H/T Edgalaxy)
- Wikimedia Commons – From the people who brought you Wikipedia, this is a collection of literally millions of free media files.
- Google Advanced Image Search - Be sure to click “Only images labeled for reuse.”
- Flickr Creative Commons – It’s like Flickr only images are divided by Creative Commons licenses.
- RoyaltyFreeMusic.com – Here’s a multimedia collection for educators and students.
- Free HD Video Group on Vimeo – This group of filmmakers and DIY enthusiasts share their footage for group members to use freely.
- Of course, the best tools for finding royalty free media is to simply encourage students to create their own.
What tools do you use to find royalty-free media? Why is it important that we use or encourage students to use royalty-free media?
Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.