21st century education is all about concepts. We are constantly looking for ways to provoke student thought and get to the heart of ‘big ideas’ in our units. Using royalty-free stock images is a fun way to get kids thinking.
Try out these ideas to get you started:
- Ask students to search a royalty-free site to find a picture that best represents a chosen concept. For example: “Find a photo you think strongly represents connection.”
- Show students a selection of photos you’ve collected from a royalty-free site, and see if they can determine the underlying concept.
Activities like this are great opportunities to get kids talking. Encourage students to justify their thinking by asking: What makes you say that? You could also try having students discuss their photo choice with a partner first. And instead of sharing about their own picture, invite students to share the thinking of their partner instead.
*Identify a concept that might be represented in the photo. Justify your thinking in a comment below. Ex. The picture could represent the concept of ‘home’ because I think a family lives there.