Class 2: Teaching with Images

Photo by Soragrit Wongsa on Unsplash

This class will focus on how to teach with images. We will brainstorm some image teaching ideas. And we’ll learn how to find public domain / copyright free image and how to add image blocks to a WordPress post.


For more information on public domain searches visit our Working with Images page. You will also find a collection of “How-To” videos there.

In class activity
  1. Students will work in small groups to find some images and turn them into a short learning activity. Group work will be posted on this shared Google Slide.
  2. Student groups will also review a selected student post and evaluate how prior students made use of images to design a lesson. Post your comments on same Google slide.

Students will learn how to make a “Featured Image” for their WordPress posts. Then they will create one to add to last week’s post. A WordPress “Featured Image” should have a portrait format image. It appears in the top of the post and serves as an “icon” for the post on WordPress and social media. Students use a small or medium size version of image.

Option: Students MAY add text “over” the featured post image using a variety of apps – CanvaAdobe Spark Post, or any other app like PowerPoint or Keynote that lets you add text over images and save as a JPG or PNG file.

WordPress Image blocks

Students will be introduced to WordPress image block styles and how to work with each one.

Image, Cover and Media and Text use a single image.

Image compare uses two images

The other blocks use multiple images.

Click this link to see how-to videos for using image blocks

Assignment 2: Design an Image-based Learning Activity | Image activities 23-A2

We will use this assignment as a chance to practice our public domain search skills. It will also involve a bit of curation to decide which images to use. Plus we can explore ways to use images to support instruction. 

Students should design a post that features at least two image blocks. (For example a Gallery and an Image compare.)

Here’s some student posts from previous students.

Post guidelines:
  1. Students should use TWO different image blocks to design a short image-based learning activity. 
  2. For example:  vocabulary, pre-reading activity, close reading of image, compare / contrast, continuity / change, activate prior knowledge etc.
  3. Context of lesson – target students (grade, course)
  4. Instructions for the student.
  5. All images should be in the public domain.
  6. All images should have an active hyperlink back to the source. (Always be sure to check your links.)
  7. Interesting title for the post
  8. Featured image for the post

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