Google Basics Series – Step 2 -Saving Images

In this Google Basics series so far, “Working With Images” we have walked through Copyright Basics and Step 1 of the four steps kids need to follow when using images in their digital work:

  1. Find & Insert Copyright Safe Images (Previous Post Link)
  2. Saving Images From Websites into Doc or Slide
  3. Edit Images
  4. Share Images

Step 2- Saving Images From Websites

There will be times that students may need to “SAVE” copyright safe images found on a website outside of our Google apps. Once an image is found on a site, it will need to be saved to the student’s Drive first before it can be added to any Google Doc or Slide. In order to “SAVE” an image, students will need to right click or two-finger click on the image and select “Save Image As”. This function allows them to give the image a relevant title at the bottom of the Downloads window that opens up so it is more easily searched in Drive at a later time.

*IMPORTANT!- If your students are using Chromebooks there is some confusion on exactly where the image or even a screenshot goes after it is saved. The image from a screenshot or website is temporarily saved in that Chromebook’s downloads folder and needs to be saved in students’ Drive. One of the major benefits to using a Chromebook is that its operating system relies mostly upon web-based memory and kids can use any Chromebook to access their work, but the bad news is that it has very little memory of its own. So, the saved image will be temporarily saved in the “Downloads” folder and will need to be moved to a permanent folder in Google Drive because the temporary Downloads folder of that particular Chromebook is not always guaranteed to have the available memory. Chromebooks were not designed to store long-term data on the device itself. Most Chromebooks that are out now, at the time of this post, have anywhere from 2G to 4G memory available. 

So, to review the steps to SAVING an image found on a website: (Also see animated GIF below)

1. Select the image – Right-click or Two-Finger Click on the image

2. ”SAVE AS”

3.  Give Image a title at the bottom of the Downloads window

4.  “SAVE” (This saves to the Temporary Downloads Folder.)

5.  Drag from “Downloads” to Drive

*Bonus- If you and your students are familiar with adding extensions from the Chrome Webstore, try “Add To Drive” Extension

My next post will address Step 3- “Editing Images” and saving the edited version of that image to Google Drive. My kids LOVE this!

If you plan to use the information you learn from this series to teach your students about “Images”, for your convenience, I will post a link to my finished slides (They are still in progress) in my fourth and final post- “Step 4 Sharing Images”. My slides will have all the links and images you see throughout this series. Please subscribe by leaving your email address at the right or bottom of this page if viewing from a computer, so you may be notified when updates are posted. If you are reading this article from inside your email or on a mobile device, click on the post title above that takes you to my actual blog post, then scroll to the bottom of the post where it says- “Sign Up To Recieve Updates Here”  ~ Thank you!

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