It’s a striking image, I hope you agree. What’s more the creator of the image has kindly licenced it with a Creative Commons licence to enable me to use it in my blog without having to ask his permission as you can see from the image attribution underneath the picture. There are a number of image search engines that allow you to easily search for Creative Commons content (sound and video, as well as images), but for a long time I have been an advocate of Compfight as it’s simple to use and the safe search setting seems pretty robust. Compfight uses Flickr as its database of images (billions of images, many of which are CC licenced) so the first thing to say is, if Flickr is blocked in your school, stop reading here, get it unblocked then come back.
Flickr is unblocked? Cool. Until now you had to go to the Compfight website, do the search and then go to the Flickr page to either download or embed the chosen image (and children were apt to forget to set the search setting to Creative Commons only). This is fine and it teaches children a lot of commonly applied web skills such as downloading and embedding, but could sometimes be quite time consuming. Luckily, Compfight have released an excellent WordPress plugin that puts the image search straight into your post editor and allows you to drop an image like the one above straight in to your post with a few simple key strokes. The video below shows you how.
Please note, this plugin is currently available for blog admins only, we are looking to see if we can make it available on children’s logins, so for the moment you’ll have to teach them to use the Compfight website.