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What kind of scientist will you be?


Portrait of Robert William Holley (1922-1993), Biochemist

White lab coats and glasses…is that what comes to mind when you think about scientists?

Well, at the Smithsonian there are many scientists with unique and interesting jobs, all minus the white lab coat! How about being a Coral Whisperer or an Amphibian Ace? Kids (and adults) often don’t know much about what scientists do, where they work or just how fun their jobs can be. Being a scientist doesn’t mean always being stuck in a lab!

Whether your learning about different scientific areas or talking about jobs people have, don’t forget to share the awesome jobs on the Scientists @ the Smithsonian site! Students can see the scientists in action, read their profiles and explore resources related to the scientist’s job.

Photo from the Smithsonian Institution’s photostream on The Commons

Creative Commons images for your projects


Creative Commons? What is that, you may be asking. Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization that offers alternatives to full copyright licenses. So, what does that mean for you and your students? It means you can use quality images in your projects without worrying about copyright or fair use.

Below are sites you can use to find these CC images.

Behold is an image search engine that searches Flickr’s Creative Commons (here’s a rundown of the licenses) images. These images are licensed so that others can use them in blogs and other projects. All of the images are high quality, but a very small few are not little kid friendly.¬† This would be a great site for teachers looking for quality images for a lesson.

An advertising term referring to “dead” or used images, this site have a large collection of high quality images available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Most images only require attribution.

The Commons is a Flickr project to catalog the world’s public photography archives. Institutions around the world have uploaded their collections for use by the public. Institutions include The Smithsonian, The National Archives, NASA and the Field Museum. This collection is a wealth of historical images.

Flickr has a Creative Commons search that allows users to choose the type of licensing they want and search for such images. Licenses include Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works and Share Alike. Once you choose a license, you can search within it. Most¬† images are not professional, but good quality and monitored for public appropriateness. With millions of images, there’s bound to be something useful.

Happy picture hunting!