One picture is said to be worth a thousand words, and this is certainly true when dealing with quantitative data: a well-designed chart can convey information more clearly than many sentences. So we require you to include images (photographs, charts, screenshots) in your posts. Here we explain the details of including an image in a post that you are composing.
Where are you obtaining the image from? Somewhere online? A file or photograph on your computer? The output of some other program (for instance, a graph produced by a Geogebra model)? For this discussion, we’ll assume one of two possibilities: either you have a graphics file (.JPG or .PNG or .GIF format) stored somewhere on your computer and containing the image you want, or you have found the image online somewhere and have located a URL that points directly to it (not just to a page that contains it!)
Consider adding images after you’ve composed most of the text for your post. When you are ready to insert an image move the cursor to the point where you want to insert an image and click “Add Media”.
This is above and to the left of the composition window, above the “bold” and “italic” buttons on the toolbar. A big window opens with some controls at its top left, as shown: Now there are two routes to follow according to whether your image is stored on your computer as a file, or is somewhere on the web.
- If your image is a file on your computer, click “Upload Files” and then “Select Files” in the middle of the resulting window. This will open a file browser which you can use to locate the file on your computer and upload it.
- If your image is a web link, click “Insert from URL” and then enter the URL at the top of the screen that results.
In either case, when you’re done you’ll see a blue button at the bottom right which says “Insert into post”. Click this an the image you have chosen will appear in your post at the location of the cursor. Clicking the image brings up a toolbar above it which gives you four options for positioning the image (left, center, right – all with text wrapping around – or centered with no text wrapping), and edit button for other adjustments including setting a caption, and a delete button to remove the image entirely.
Make sure that you preview your post before you publish it to be certain that the image is as you want it.
A note on copyright
Images that you find online may well be subject to copyright. It may be against the law to republish copyright images; however, there are exceptions, and it is likely that most classwork is covered under the exception called the “fair use doctrine”. The University of Minnesota provides a helpful online tool which you may want to use in reflecting about “fair use” in any specific case.
Irrespective of copyright issues, you should document the sources of images that you use and include this information in the “Sources Cited” section of your blog post.