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Copyright Friendly Resources


Free Music Archive  

"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet."


Purple Planet  

Free Collection of Royalty Free Music available for download, composed and performed by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn. 
Music can be used free of charge for web-based projects e.g. YouTube (see 'Using Our Music' for more info) in exchange for a link to our site.

Sound Bible  

" offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format. We offer free and royalty free sound effects and clips for video editors, movie scores, game designers, and weekend sound warriors."


Classical Cat  

Free classical music catalog.



"Welcome to the Netlabels collection at the Internet Archive. This collection hosts complete, freely downloadable/streamable, often Creative Commons-licensed catalogs of 'virtual record labels'."



MorgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits.



PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog and makes adding them to their post fast and easy.
Just search for any topic using the search box (e.g. "Kittens", "Flowers", etc.), preview the photo, and click "get photo" to download the photo as well as the proper attribution link. Not all images are free-check pricing before downloading.


Wikimedia Commons  

A database of 21,182,929 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Please be sure to check attribution and licensing before downloading.



On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0. You must create an account to use this site.


Picdrome is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All images are free to download for personal, educational and commercial use, without restriction


Internet Archive  

This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.



Fotor is an online photo editing suite, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to anyone and everyone.



Easily create beautiful designs and documents

Project Ideas

Public Service Announcement

Students can make their knowledge matter by creating public services announcements to share in their school or community.


Documentary Style Research Project

Have your students research an issue, cause, a business, a biography--whatever you like--and have them turn it into a short documentary about the topic. 


Virtual Field Trip

Been anywhere cool lately? How about your students? iMovie is the perfect place to gather images, videos and information to create a virtual field trip that can take anyone, anywhere, anytime.


Animate a poem

Forget boring old poetry recitals! Have your students recite and demonstrate their full understanding of a poem by turning it into a short movie. 


Animated Movie

Have your students use their drawings, scuplture, or other art to make a movie demonstrating their talent or to create a short feature film. 


Book Trailers

Kids love movies--why not have them create a movie-style trailer for their favorite book.


News Program

Have students demonstrate their understanding of current events or history by creating a mock news program. 


Cooking Lessons

We love our celebrity chefs! Have your students join their ranks by creating an iMovie of their favorite meal. 



Want to teach students about bias and the media--what better way than to have them create their own commercials and consider how it's all done.


Silent Movie

Abstract concepts in art or literature can be difficult to convey--what about having students create silent movies to bring those things to life?


Tour of History

What better way to learn about history than to relive it. Have students study and turn their favorite events in history into movies to share with others.

Project Samples & Ideas


Create Narratives on Interactive Maps with 

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