Visual Discovery: Finding Images for this Favorite Teaching Strategy

The Visual Discovery strategy is the most popular and, I would guess, most implemented of TCI’s strategies in classrooms nationwide. The relatively low risk of the strategy makes it easy for new teachers or teachers new to TCI to try.

In a nutshell, you project a few powerful images, ask carefully sequenced questions that allow students to discover information, and then challenge students to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

Easy enough, right? Especially if you’re using TCI. We’ve done the heavy lifting and created the entire lesson, right down to finding rich, powerful images. But what if you don’t have TCI materials or teach a subject other than social studies?

We’ve uncovered a few great sites for gathering images. They’re free, and you won’t be violating any copyrights by using their images in your classroom.

We’re pretty sure that these sites are just the tip of the online iceberg. What other sites do you use?

If you want to learn more about the Visual Discovery strategy, register today for our free webinar Visual Discovery in Five Easy Steps on Tuesday, September 21 from 3:30-4:30pm Pacific.

World Images

This site gives access to the IMAGES project at San Jose State University, right in our backyard. California teachers will be especially interested in the California Educational Standards section.

Photos8 has photos and wallpaper and boasts more than 13 million downloads.                                                                                                                                                                         


Edupic Graphical Resource is a teacher designed free image resource for educators and their students.


In addition to having the most morbid name, morgueFile has powerful images with an arty slant.

National Archives Experience Digital Vaults

Our friends at the National Archives have created the Digital Vaults which includes 1,200 of the 10 billion records they house. A history buff’s dream is what this is.                                                                                                                                                                     


GRIN is an acronym for Great Images in NASA. This site has over one thousand images “of historical interest” that you can download in a variety of sizes.

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