Stock Material for Lessons
The sites in this list have materials which can be used to produce study materials.
- Project Shtooka– Word recordings in several languages including Russian. They can be listened to on the site or downloaded as sets. Two of the three Russian word sets are distributable under the CC BY 2.0 or 3.0 license (requires attribution). Direct download links:
- Forvo– Slogan is “All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers”. Translations and recordings are distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.
- Tatoeba– Huge collection of examples sentences translated into many languages, some with audio recordings. (As of April 2019 there were 680,000 thousand Russian sentences.) Sentence recordings are either in the public domain or under the CC BY 2.0 FR license.
- Russian Synodal Bible– The entire Bible in high-bitrate MP3 files
- Openclipart– Tens of thousands of vector drawings in SVG format. Quality varies from excellent to awful. All are in the public domain.
- Wpclipart– Tens of thousands of drawings of acceptable to good quality. All in the public domain. Most are in raster format. Intended to be used by children in school projects.
- Internet Archive Book Images– Images from scanned books at the Internet Archive
- Librestock –Search dozens of free stock photo sites in one place
- Wikimedia Commons –Collection of usable images, sounds, and video
- List of sites at Wikipedia –List of image sources for possible use in Wikipedia articles
- Creative Commons Image Search –Convenient gateway to search engines which can find free-to-use images
- Pixabay –Large collection of high-quality photographs and a smaller number drawings and video clips). Tends toward the artistic and the illustration of themes. Some are artistic montages with heavy atmospheric filtering. All materials are in the public domain. Has some nudes. (There is a filter for excluding them.)
- Stocksnap –High-quality stock photographs released into the public domain. Images of nature, landscapes, people, illustration of themes.
- Usplash –Yet another site with high-quality stock photographs released to the public domain.
- Flickr: The Commons –Collection of public domain images. Many historical images from museum photograph collections and out-of-copyright books.
- Pics4Learning –Photographs intended for use in classrooms. Not in the public domain. The license statement prohibits commercial use.
- Prokudin-Gorskii Collection –Color photographs of the Russian Empire at the start of the 20th century
- Тверская губерния 100 лет назад –Cleaned up versions of a few of the photographs from the Prokukin-Gorskii Collection
- NCI Visuals Online –Photoraphs and drawings provided by the National Cancer Institute. Copyright status indicated for each. They ask to be credited as the source even for the public domain images.
- Vimeo –Videos on Vimeo which are tagged as being in the public domain or under a Creative Commons license
- Videvo –Video clips, many under a Creative Commons license
- Videzy –More video clips. License terms indicated for each video
- Pond5 –High-quality new stuff costs money, but they offer some old public domain stuff for free
- Best Stock Footage Sites You Wished You Already Knew! –Blog posting
3D Models and Textures
- Wikipedia:Free sound resources –
- Where can I find free sound effects? –Question on Stack Exchange
- Freesound.org –
- Gamesounds.xyz –Royalty free or public domain game music and sounds
- Soundbible.com –Free sound clips
- Soundjay.com –Free sound effects
- Sweetsoundeffects.com –
- PartnersInRhyme –
- Zapsplat –
- FXhome –
- Soundimage –
Royalty Free Music
- Global Digital Library –Open license children’s books ready for translation