Finding Great Photos for the Classroom

Published On: December 14th, 2016·By ·

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There are plenty of resources online to help you find photos for the classroom. But which resources are the best?

Finding Great Photos for the Classroom

Thanks to Google, you can search the LIFE photo archive to discover photos for the classroom.

Watch above as SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community Trainer Monica Burns shares how to find high-quality photographs using Google's LIFE photo archive.

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. – LIFE photo archive

Monica explains how to use this robust photo archive to find photos for the classroom. You can search by an individual name, date, place, or event name to narrow your results. Overall, this is the perfect resource for discovering photographs to use in your lessons, either to relate to other primary source documents, or connect literature to real-world events.

Are you interested in turning photographs like these into student projects? Take a look at this training session, Interactive Multimedia Graphics for Teaching and Learning. Explore an amazing digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the web with the click of a button. This free tool allows students and teachers to pack a lot of content into a small space, making it a great option for digital projects for students and teachers alike.

How do you use photographs in your classroom? Share your methods in a comment below on this article.

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About Our “Photos for the Classroom” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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