3. Picture This: Accessing, Downloading and Using Images

A. Accessing Images
Images can be extraordinarily helpful (and using visuals is evidence-based) in our therapies.  Students need images as stimuli for description, articulation practice, vocabulary and concept development, and to assist them in understanding and applying curriculum content.  You also might want to have images and clip art for your newsletters or other publications. The easiest way to search for images is to use Google Images.  Check out this brief guide to Google Images for SLPs.

If you are looking for images for a widely-distributed publication or a webpage, you will want to be thinking about copyright and fair use.  Your best bet is to use Creative Commons images whose creators have licensed the images for reuse.  A great way to find these types of images is the Wylio Search engine, though you can use Google Image Search (Advanced Search) as well, and just narrow your search to "only images labeled for reuse."

B. Saving Images
Once you find images, you may want to save them in order to 1) use them in a document such as a PowerPoint or Word Document or 2) use them in a web-based project such as one created with Glogster, or a project involving an iPad app such as Skrappy.  

C. Taking a Screenshot
A Screenshot is a picture of what is on your screen that you create with various keystrokes.  Screenshots can be useful in many instances, but most particularly when working with a website that doesn't allow you to save work. Take this virtual pumpkin-carving site for example. After a student completes the carving activity, you may want to have a picture of the result; the student could write about or orally describe it for extra practice.  The Complicating Factor is that screenshots are created differently on Macs, PCs and iPads!

Also, check out this video about how to take a screenshot on a Mac:

Here is how to take a screenshot on the iPad: