Pixabay – Royalty Free Images

Free! Pixabay is a database of royalty free images users can download at no cost. To begin, users must load the website and then enter a search term. Pixabay will then search its database for images of the search term, and users can sort the findings with the filter options on the top of the screen. Once users find an image that fits their needs, they can click it to access an enlarged view of the image and then the “Free Download” button to save it to their computer. As part of the download process, users will need to first…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 8.2
C. Engagement - 7.7

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An Array of Images that You can Access for Free!

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Pixabay is a database of royalty free images users can download at no cost. To begin, users must load the website and then enter a search term. Pixabay will then search its database for images of the search term, and users can sort the findings with the filter options on the top of the screen. Once users find an image that fits their needs, they can click it to access an enlarged view of the image and then the “Free Download” button to save it to their computer. As part of the download process, users will need to first choose the size the image they wish to download and then “Captcha” safe download code. The image will then download to the user’s computer, and the user can insert the image into any document, presentation, website, or media of their choosing.

If users wish, they can register with the website for free. By registering, users will be able to upload their own images, leave comments about uploaded images, and view the website without ads. Additional options are also available by registering, such as marking images as favorites, sending and receiving messages, and personalizing their profile.

Instructional Ideas for Using Pixabay

  1. When creating websites using a platform such as Weebly, WordPress, or Jimdo (among others), teachers can have students use images only downloaded from Pixabay. This way, students will not be at risk for using materials protected by copyright.
  2. Teachers can have students compare the terms of service and functionalities of Pixabay against other online image services, such as iStock, and BigStockPhoto. Teachers can then have students complete a diagram that compares Pixabay to one or more of the other services. They can then have students take part of a class conversation about the different websites by asking: (1) Which photo database did you like best and why?, (2) What were some functionalities or features that you found useful when using these databases?, and (3) If you were going to recommend one of these databases to a small business owner, which would you suggest?
  3. Teachers can have students register with the website so they can access the images without being distracted by the advertisements. They can also upload images of appropriate content. (Teachers will need to ensure that the content uploaded is appropriate and no potential legal issues may arise.)
  4. When learning vocabulary terms, students can search this database for a term. Students can then view the images and then select the one that best represents the term. Students can then download the image and upload it to a class website or a Padlet. As part of that post, students can provide commentary that explains why they selected that image and how it represents the term.
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A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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