When the Best is Free!

Free tools.  Free resources.  Free.


Donna Murray's Delicious Links tagged with the word "free"

(Note: Just about everything I have bookmarked in delicious is FREE.  I like free.  So don't limit your search to my "free" tag.)


For a list of interactive websites, visit the interactive page.



3D modeling




Drawing and Vector Graphics


eLearning (online courses and textbooks)


Elementary Education


Graphic Organizers


Graphics and Photo Manipulation


Language Arts/Literacy




Movie creation




Game Templates


Professional Development




Project Management




Social Studies


Sound and Audio


Special Education




Video Conferencing


Website Design


Other Free Resources for Teachers


Royalty-free and Creative Commons Audio, Sounds, Images and Primary Sources


Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons? http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/getcreative/

Flickr Creative Commons Search - http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/

General Creative Commons Search - http://search.creativecommons.org/ 


Royalty Free Resources 

Photos and Images

Flickr Creative Commons – Searches flickr for images you can use!

Free Photos Bank – You can download as JPG or a Zip file

FreeDigitalPhotos.net – Thousands of Royalty Free images ready for instant download.

MorgueFile - The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.

PD Photo – Free photos and pictures, especially of locations.

Stock.xchng – Free stock images – must have a free account to download. 



Discovery Education Clipart


Microsoft Clip Art for Schools

Microsoft Clip Art for Holidays


Open Clip Art Library


Primary Sources

CDC – Public Health Image Library (PHIL)- Photographs, Illustrations, Multimedia Files

Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.

Library of Congress American Memory Site - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Library of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room - The Geography and Map Division (G&M) has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5 million maps, 72,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, and numerous plastic relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including electronic.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room - Unique in their scope and richness, the prints and photographs collections today number more than 13.7 million images. These include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.

NASA Image Exchange – Search for NASA Multimedia

NASA Visible Earth – A collection of NASA images and animations of our home planet.

National Atlas – Check out the Map Maker, Map Layers, Printable Maps and the Dynamic Maps.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Photo Galleries – Start page with access to individual institutes photo galleries.

National Park Service Digital Image Archives - This site provides links to public domain digital images of many of those sites, including national parks, monuments, historic sites and related areas.

NOAA Photo Library - The NOAA collection includes thousands of weather and space images, hundreds of images of our shores and coastal seas, and thousands of marine species images ranging from the great whales to the most minute plankton.

Smithsonian Images - Browse or search through selected images from the Collections of the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services. Included are images from current exhibits, Smithsonian events and historic collections.

University of California Calisphere – especially great are the collections for educators where the primary sources are grouped by collection and then you can drill down by topic.

US Antarctic Program - Welcome to the U.S. Antarctic Program Photo Library. Hundreds of photos are available for you to view and use.

US Army Corps of Engineers’ Digital Visual Library - The US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Digital Visual Library is an evolving collection of visual products covering every major USACE program, project, and activity.

US Department of State Photo Gallery – State Department photos

US Environmental Protection Agency Resources for Waste Education – Links to free clipart and photo resources for teaching about recycling, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and environmental issues.

US Fish and Wildlife Services’ Online Digital Media - Welcome to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's online digital media library. Presently, the library system contains the National Image Library--the Service's collection of public domain still photos.

US Government Photos and Graphics – Images and graphics available from government agencies.

USDA Image Gallery - The Image Gallery is provided as a complimentary source of high quality digital photographs available from the Agricultural Research Service Information Staff. 


Sounds and Audio

FindSounds - a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples.

Free Play Music – Free music and sound effects.

Incompetech - Royalty free music

Movie Wavs Sounds - Over 100 movies online, and more are added daily.

PodSafe Audio – “We invite you to browse through the songs and artists on this site and download anything that strikes your fancy. The artists on this site have released their music under the Creative Commons license and agreed to allow their music to be used by you in any way and form for webcasting, as long as you don't take credit for the original work.”

Sound Dogs – Free sound effects










Special thanks to Katie Christo for her collaboration.

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