Media Search Tools

Search tools are not just about text. There are a wide range of options to search for audio, video and image files.

As with all original material, pictures, video and audio are copyrighted. Make sure your students know what is and isn’t allowed.

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Baidu Image Search

Baidu – China's version of Google – provides image search. While the site is in Chinese, it will easily process English search terms.  learn more

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Bing Video Search

Bing has gotten high marks for its video search feature. Google and Yahoo also do video searches. Most of the results are YouTube videos. If you are not finding what you want with one search site, try a different one.  learn more

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Creative Commons Image Search

I’m happy to formally announce that CC Search (with the new name Openverse) is now part of the WordPress open source project. Both Matt and I are long-time supporters of Creative Commons. I hope that this will provide a long-term, sustainable challenger to closed source photo libraries and further enhance the WordPress ecosystem. Creative Commons…  learn more

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Exploratorium Videos

The Exploratorium in San Francisco has a wide variety of videos, podcasts and slide shows that can be searched using this link.  learn more

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FindSounds

FindSounds.com is a specialized search engine for finding sound effects on the Web. Search for "frog" and get a nice ribbit. You can use these sounds in your next school production, or to liven up a Power Point presentation.  learn more

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FreePD - Public Domain Music

While not a search engine, FreePD provides a wide variety of music tracks indexed by genre. They are all licensed under Creative Commons 0 ("No Rights Reserved") and can be freely used in school projects and videos. Image and video copyright violations are usually addressed by receipt of a cease and desist letter and removing…  learn more

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Google Image Search

Google Images has indexed millions of images on the Internet. Odds are you can find an image for just about any topic here. Bing and Yahoo can also do image searches.  learn more