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John Evans

Makerspace Materials: Stock the Staples to Ignite Imaginations - 3 views

    "The journey of building and maintaining a makerspace in our school is never-ending. Less than one year ago, we opened the doors of our Learning Lab Makerspace to our students, who have since experienced creating, tinkering and play. While still in its infancy, our Learning Lab has gone through a major transformation into the makerspace and yet has still continued to change based on our students' interests and needs.

    We have built the maker mindset from the ground up in our school, with teachers finding new ways to use the space to empower students to solve problems and with students finding their creative side as they tinker and explore. The space has grown in materials and ideas and even our parents are intrigued by what happens in there, bringing donations of supplies so that our students can continue to make.

    Even though our makerspace has seen its changes, there are materials that have become staples. Some of our must-haves are consumables, where students create ideas and projects in the art station. Other must-haves are not consumables, but are always in use. Here is our top ten list of elementary makerspace must-have materials."
John Evans

How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List f... - 3 views

    "Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant. When you're building a makerspace on a budget, you learn that resources are everywhere-and they aren't always what you expect. 

    Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant.
    For three years I and my fellow cofounders Kim Martin and Beth Compton, have created, developed, and run Canada's first mobile makerspace-the MakerBus. As an entirely community-driven (pun intended) makerspace, we have had to master doing a lot with very little. As we have learned, while money is extremely useful, no amount of it can replace the value of an engaged, creative community. Below I share some ideas for creating makerspaces at various price points, offering advice for building a $100 and a (nearly) $0 community makerspace."
John Evans

Free Stock Photos That Are Actually Rather *GOOD* | Blog | Sparky Teaching - 6 views

    "Thankfully, the design community and teachers such as Jane Hewitt are doing their best to provide alternatives to the cheesy and the costly - stylish and high-resolution stock photos that are completely free to do what you like with. Gone are the days of doing a quick Google Image search and cut and pasting an image without really considering who it belongs to. On the back of our post on digital citizenship, we've been meaning to write this as a follow-up. What good is an encouragement to cite your sources, respect copyright and give credit where it's due without any help to do so? Here, then, is your help…

    Half-decent stock photos are not always easy to locate, but here are the best we've found. What's great about this list is that for the vast majority, you don't need to include attribution - the photographer has provided them for you to do what you like with - whether that be the background for your TED talk (!), a story-starter for your English lesson or for your students to use in their project work."
John Evans

15 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos - BootstrapBay - 1 views

    "Photography has always been an integral part of web design. Unfortunately, we've grown accustomed to seeing crappy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but some of them cost money!

    Thankfully, there's been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they're free.

    In this post, we've curated a list of awesome websites for free stock photos."
John Evans

20 Awesome Websites for Free, High Quality Stock Photos - - 2 views

    "Instead of paying ridiculous sums or taking time to create your own images, use some of the below, high quality stock photo websites. Here is a list of some of the better stock photo sites I've come across. Best of all, they are completely free!"
John Evans

450+ Free Stock Photos to Use in Your Marketing [Free Downloads] - 7 views

    "Let me tell you a quick, cautionary tale about using images online and copyright. Last year, I received an email from one of our blog managers communicating that a popular stock photography vendor was claiming one of the images in an ebook I created had been wrongfully used. 

    Embarrassed, I quickly investigated.

    When I identified the offending image, I specifically remember ensuring I had properly sourced (and had the right permissions to use) it. As it turned out, another internet user had purchased the image from the stock photography service and uploaded it to a photo-sharing website under a Creative Commons license. So while on the surface it looked safe for the taking, it was in fact falsely promoted as a royalty-free image. Scary story, right?

    That's when it hit me: What if marketers didn't have to shell out more money for photos, obsess about copyright laws, and fret over permissions? What if we could help solve this issue for them by offering a repository of stock photos that anyone could use completely for free?

    So that's exactly what we did. We hired a photographer and took a ton of photos to give away for free -- no royalties, fees, or attribution required. (Although we'd never say no to an inbound link or two. ;-) )"
Phil Taylor

Unsplash - 1 views

    "Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos"
John Evans

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John Evans

Free Stock Photos - 6 views

  • is your best source for free stock photos and clip art illustrations. Our collection contains 14,082 free images available in a variety of commercial and editorial licenses, including public domain, creative commons, and custom agreements.
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