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Teacher and student approved -- download free photographs in multiple categories.  Great for slide shows, lesson plans, assignments and projects and adding images to your lesson plans   All the photographs on this website are original images taken by me, however,  I am neither a professional photographer nor in the business of selling photographs -- I just love taking pictures and sharing them with others.  

While creating web pages for volunteer and charitable organizations, I realized how difficult it was to find free images, music, etc.  Many sites require registration, membership, payment!   Others were kind enough to share their music and other work with me, and I'd now like to do my part to reciprocate and share my materials with others.  With a background in education, I'm particularly interested in helping students and teachers working on projects and lesson plans. I now have my own collection of digital images that I'd like to share with you.  I will be adding to this collection on a regular basis.

The purpose of this site is simply to share photographs and materials that everyone can freely use for non-commercial projects.  To look through the images, you may go to the Main Photo Gallery or use the  image listings on the left side of this page.  Slide presentations have their own gallery.

In addition to the images, you can also download free, original PowerPoint slide presentations written by myself and my son.  These slides are great additions to any teacher's collection of materials appealing to a variety of intelligence strengths.  They include all original photographs, contain custom animation and are appropriate for use for a wide range of ages and grades.  These presentations include graphics, charts, diagrams, and, of course, a lot of pictures. 

Do you need clip art but are not artistic and can't draw?  Neither can I!  Have a look at our growing clip art collection with full instructions how you can make your own clip art - no talent needed! 



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Featured Images - Desserts 

Are you afraid of desserts?  Eating them I mean?  I've been reading articles that say carbohydrates are essential nutrients for the body.  While a dessert is not the healthiest of choices, we can indulge once in a while.  Carbs, afterall, help the brain and body to produce serotonin that contributes to emotional well-being.  Who doesn't feel better chomping on something made with chocolate?

Did you know....

Chocolate was once used as currency?  The Mayans and Aztecs used the cocoa bean as a system of money!


Pastries - 1

Cupcake Display - 3


Cake Pops - 4


Mousse Dessert - 2

Find more cake & pastry images here.


Why are photographs 
an important element
 in teaching and student learning?

Can Slide Presentations Enhance Student Learning?  

It’s an animal that’s about the size of a Loonie (that’s a Canadian dollar coin to you non-Canadians), but sometimes it can grow to be heavier than a small child.  It’s usually green, but some are also shades of brown and black.  Some are “painted” with a yellow streak.  It has small eyes and flaring nostrils along with four stout legs. 

Do you know what animal I’m describing?  Neither might your child or a student.  If I further continue my description to include that on some species of this animal, its tail  looks like that of a dinosaur, can you now guess the animal?  Probably not.

If, however, I were to post or show you a picture of the animal I was describing, I am sure that at any age, almost everyone would be able to identify it.   Perhaps not the specific name of the animal, but you would certainly be able to identify the species.

Learning, at any age, takes repetition. Have you ever watched a young child watch the same video over and over until they “get” it?  My aged mother has to repeat a new telephone number many times before as she says “it sinks into my old brain”.  But repetition of the same method of learning is not as good as being exposed to new material or a new concept in a variety of ways.  Just as we use our senses of touch, taste and smell to identify a food, learning about new concept, or, in this case a new animal, is made easier by the use of a variety of teaching methods in order to comprehend and grasp the new idea. One of the best learning methods is visual – seeing a picture.  

Compare my talking about a “Teasel”, to that of seeing a picture of one.  A Teasel, by the way, is a genus of a flowering plant in the Disacaceae family known as Dipsacus.  It’s an amazing specimen of plant with lavender flowers located on prickly heads that form on tall stems.  The plant blooms on the heads in an outward fashion resulting in what looks like a purple floral belt.  The flowers continue to open blooming towards the top and bottom of the head leaving a barren cone where the spent flowers were.  Get the idea?  I’ll bet an image would help?

Interior water chambers of a teasel.

Flowering pattern of a purple teasel.


More images of teasels and other weeds  
are located under
Plants - Weeds.
Be sure to also check out the many North American wild flowers that are often considered weeds.

Have you ever wondered where the term “a picture is worth a thousand words” came from?  Believed to have come from an article written by Fred R. Barnard used to promote images in advertising, the phrase affirms that a visual image can easily take the place of a lengthy, textual description. 

Educators, be they teachers or parents, are ever in search of images to enhance their lessons.  In fact, students also have a great need for photographs for school projects and assignments.  Neither has much time to spend on research nor wants to expend the effort it takes to register and become a member of a website only to get access to a limited amount of free materials.  Paying for image resources – have you seen a teacher’s budget or a student’s allowance lately? – is usually out of the question.  Cutting and pasting images from your search engine’s internet image search result pages, may result in your using images that are copyrighted.  Such usage is the same as stealing the work of others.

Find good sites that offer free images, bookmark them and check often for new materials.  If you do find a website that offers free photographs, read the Terms of Use carefully.  Ensure they hold the copyrights to the images and be very sure you understand what you can and cannot do with the pictures.  Be aware of any restrictions or requirements there may be for you to use and download the photos.


Front view of snapping turtle.

Dinosaur like tail of a Northern Ontario snapping turtle.


The animal described above, by the way, was a snapping turtle.  The reference to “painted” is in relation to Northern Ontario’s wide-spread Painted Turtle species.  More images like the ones above can be found in the turtle section.

Tiiu Roiser  BAA, BEd.


The webmaster and owner of this site is a retired teacher currently assisting fellow educators with learning materials.   Although not a professional photographer, her work has been published on a variety of websites, books, pamphlets, newspapers.  Some of her photographs are part of Environment Canada’s photo bank. 



Come Blog With Us !

Educating Creatively

In response to requests, we've started a Blog to share new things that we've learned while taking photographs.

For example, our first blog entry deals with fungi. While hiking through the Finger Lakes region of New York state, I found myself surrounded by colourful mushrooms.  Coming home to research the identity of the specimens I'd photographed opened up a whole new world to me. 


Fluigo sceptica - A slime mould!

I've now discovered that there is no such thing as a simple mushroom.  Fungi are classified as Earthballs, Puffballs, Sac fungi, Slime Moulds, Boletes, Morels, Jelly fungi, Corals, Tooth and Bracket fungi.  In addition, there are some plants that look like mushrooms, and some mushrooms that look like plants!  



I am more aware of my surroundings while photographing.  I'd never before noticed the tiny folds in the grasses by the lake, only to discover that each fold was identical and inside was a spider, guarding her eggs.



What about the day I saw a raccoon eating what I assumed to be a worm, only to discover that it had captured a Painted turtle and was pulling out the contents of its shell.  

Let me share with you information that I didn't learn in school but acquired AFTER my teaching degree.  We'd love to hear about your experiences in teaching too.  Please visit:

Tiiu Roiser BAA, BEd.


I'm reading more and more literature about the use of PowerPoint slide presentations in student learning.  The reviews and comments of its use are mixed.  While some articles stress that slide shows enhance learning and retention, others argue that its cognitive style  hampers comprehension and clarity.  

It appears, however, that students like and use PowerPoint presentations and for many teachers, the slide show has replaced the chalkboard.



When commenting upon the use of presentations in US forces, an article in the New York Times stated that Commanders said that PowerPoint presentations “stifle discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making”.  One teacher I recently spoke with who rarely uses presentations stated that slide shows make students into passive consumers of knowledge with no interaction.  Another said she didn't remember life before slide shows and couldn't picture teaching without them.  She finds them to be an incredibly useful educational tool.

One major criticism of slide presentations is how material is condensed into short bulleted points.  Not all curriculum topics can be taught as bulleted lists.  Instead of essays and writing assignments, students are often allowed to present ideas by way of presentations - all in short summarized points.

Conversely, for those teaching exceptional students or for those with learning disabilities, one strategy that works well is to break up and introduce new material in small increments.  Large topics are taught broken into their smallest components and introduced sequentially in order to avoid information overload.  This works well with the junior learner as well. 

Another negative comment about presentations is that it turns students into "zombies".  Teachers prepare slide presentations, read them to their students, while students sit dazed staring or taking notes.  Sounds like a fun class does it not?  Let's do this everyday!  Is it the material, the teacher, the presentation, or the way the presentation is being used?


Can PowerPoint presentations have a place in your classroom?

Yes, absolutely!  Effective teaching means using a variety of tools to ensure student learning.  There are many learning styles and the PowerPoint presentation should be just another arsenal in a teacher's supply of materials - but only good presentations.

Since the PowerPoint program is relatively easy to learn, almost anyone can slap together some material, copy some text and call it a presentation.  Making an effective, good presentation, that's the hard part.  That takes planning, time, commitment and dedication.  It also takes skill.

A good presentation is one that meets the needs of your students, is designed for your course curriculum, is visually appealing, and one that will engage your learners.

An important key to preparing a good slide presentation is design.  Characteristics of a poorly designed presentation include:  bad choice of colours or distracting patterns; backgrounds that are too busy; illegible text with  light text on too light a background or dark text on too dark a background; difficult to read fonts; inconsistent text sizes; too many colours on one slide; a hodgepodge of multiple fonts; too much “exciting” animation with texts flying and spinning; too much information on one slide; complicated graphs that are difficult to read or inappropriate graphics in the first place; blurry and low resolution images; overuse of graphics and clipart, etc. etc.  What can I say about transitions?  Some presentations make you dizzy with spinning wheels, checkerboards, newsflashes and so forth. If it's an option, some feel they must include it.  I could go on and on, but  I think you get the idea.  

In discussions I’ve personally had with teachers, all agreed that good PowerPoint presentations can be effective and powerful communication tools.  A good presentation can enhance any subject.  When used appropriately, presentations are excellent to use as scaffolding for critical thinking and learning.  

How to Best Achieve student learning with PowerPoint presentations: 

The following suggestions have been compiled from teacher comments.  In order to use a slide presentation effectively in the classroom -


  1. Don’t just “read” the slides.  Anyone can read a slide.  What would you need a teacher for?  Remember – the presentation is just a basis for your teaching.  You must add your own comments and expand on the points included in the slides.  Include student discussion, tailor the material to your grade level, community, and environment.

  2. Practice running through the slides before your classroom presentation.  Know what is coming up.  Know when you click “next” what slide, text, bullet or image will appear and in what order.  It’s a good idea to keep a printout of your slide presentation in front of you. Select "print" and you have the option of printing the presentation as handouts or slides.  By the way, did you know that the "save as" feature allows you not only to save as a presentation, but also as individual JPEG files?  Using free software such as OpenOffice allows you to make a pdf of an entire set of presentation slides.

  3. Why not have your students hypothesize as to the answers for new slide topic headings? A good design will allow for this.  Students can be asked to add to the points included in the presentation.  Ask questions of your students to encourage student participation.  Why not have individual students read the text aloud? Make sure to ask the one paying the least attention!

  4. Think about turning the projector off during parts of the presentation. To white out the screen during a show, press the “W” key.  If you prefer a black screen, press “B”.  To reactivate the presentation, press the same key again.

  5. Never, ever, show presentations in darkened rooms where you and your students can’t see each other.  It's a good idea to turn off the front lights in your room to show good pictures, but leave the lights on in the back of the room. Ensure you are always aware of your students and have eye contact.  How else can you judge how engaged your students are and if you need to change teaching styles, go faster or slower, etc.

  6. Should I or should I not hand out slide handouts for notes?  I have found mixed opinions on this subject.  Some of my fellow teachers only make handouts available AFTER the lesson or for those who missed class.  They find that students do not participate as well if they are reading the notes ahead of time or concentrating on the handouts instead of class discussion.  For the exceptional student or ESL learner, however, having concrete notes in front of them DURING the slide presentation gives them the flexibility of not having to take notes.  In this situation, it actually helps the students to follow along more easily and frees up their time to listen and participate in discussion.   I’ll leave the decision up to you based upon the needs of your students.

  7. Be flexible!  If your students are engaged, they will ask questions, debate, share their life experiences and add personal knowledge to the presentation.  If this should happen, go with the flow!  End the presentation, skip ahead to a different slide or go back and review material.  Don’t feel that you have to stick to a pre-planned presentation structure.

  8. Do not use a presentation as a crutch, rather, see it as an aid.  Remember that slide presentations appeal most to the visual learner.  Those students who have strong intelligence strengths in other areas may quickly become bored.  Mixed up your teaching style and don’t use presentations for the majority of your teaching time.  

PowerPoint presentations are tools –
 how creatively you use them
 is up to you!  


Tiiu Roiser  BAA, BEd.
Kevin Chorowiec OCT, BAS, BEd.


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The New York times, April 26, 2010 - “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint” .



IMAGE & BANDWIDTH - Sadly, there are evil people in this world that stop at nothing to steal images, use them in a way that is prohibited, claim them as their own and spoil the free resource sharing experience that this site was intended for.  Hotlinking to my images was never allowed.  Please read the Terms of Use carefully!

UNAUTHORIZED COMMERCIAL USE - Commercial use means anything that you make money with and is also not allowed!  Among other things, you may not use my images on your website for the purpose of distribution - even if you give them away for free.  Also, including an image on your blog on which you also post advertising, is a commercial endeavour since you are using my image to enhance your blog and gather readership with the intent that you make money from the accompanying advertising.  

As a result of the abuse, I have sadly had to remove all downloads of the full-sized, high resolution images that were previously available merely by clicking on a link.  Please help yourself to the 480 x 649 images by right clicking and "save as".  The full-sized high resolution images are still available to you for free, however, you will now have to write to me with the name of the image you would like to have.  If your purpose is approved, I will email the large resolution image to you.  I do have another life outside of the internet, and cannot guarantee, however, how quickly I can respond to your request.








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