A picture is worth 1000 words right?  Inserting images into our webpages and documents helps the information be more interesting and important.

On the web everything has an “address.”  Each element that loads on a webpage is saved on a server somewhere and there needs to be directions to tell the computer where to go find that element.

If you right click on a picture on the internet you can find the address of where that image is located.

Each browser has different verbiage, I primarily use Chrome so I am given the option of “Copy Image URL”

Safari gives the option of “Copy Image Address”

and FireFox words it “Copy Image Location.”


Why Copy Image URL?

There are many web 2.0 tools that let you insert HTML.  For example using www.quia.com I am able to make games and quizzes, but I can also insert HTML code.  There is no WYSIWYG toolbar to let me insert an image so I need to learn a few simple HTML tags to accomplish this.  This takes my quizzes from being boring to being exciting. For this Quia quiz (http://www.quia.com/quiz/309168.html) I added pictures of footballs to the questions and when the student got the question correct a referee is giving the touchdown sign.  This is a worksheet, or as I call it a “playsheet,” so it should not be fun, yet I have students popping up all over class like wack-a-mole announcing “touchdown” when they get the question correct.

To insert the HTML code for an image you need to be in HTML editing mode.  Usually there is a link for HTML or “source” or you might just see a button with the symbol <>.
In the case of Quia the question boxes are ready to accept HTML tags, although I need to select the option in the game settings that I have HTML.

<img src=”URL”>

All HTML tags are flanked by the less than and greater than symbol.
Image source is abbreviated to  img src.
The image location needs to be between quotation marks.

Right click on an image
Copy the Image URL
Type <img src=”
Paste (control V)
End the quotation
End with >

Example: <img src=”http://sanfrancisco.journalismconvention.org/files/2013/03/keeler-150×150.jpg”>

There are other websites, such as Google Docs, where you can use the WYSIWYG toolbar to insert images.  Instead of browsing for the image on your computer you can supply the image URL.

In Google Docs go to insert->image and choose “By URL”

Some Cautions

When you take a picture it is copyrighted. Period.  Any images on the internet or anywhere else are under copyright whether it says so or not.  We must teach our students that they can not steal other peoples intellectual property.  www.commonsensemedia.com is a great resource for teaching students about digital responsibility and safety.

Just because we can right click and save the image or copy the image URL does not make it okay to do so.

When you right click on the image you get a lot more options than to save or copy the image location.  It is very easy to accidentally choose “Copy Link Address” which usually is different than the image address.  When you click on a picture it probably links you to another web page, so if you are looking to copy the address of the image itself double check the wording that it includes the word image in it.