Definition (About.com, 2011) A catchall term for several types of non-photographic graphic images Term comes from the books of graphic images once used as a graphics source. Users would cut out or clip the desired artwork from the book to place into layouts. Later, it was common to scan the images from the books.
Definition (About.com, 2011) Clip art comes in many styles and can be used as-is or as a starting point for creating custom illustrations and logos. Some clip art is public domain. However, most clip art, even when available free on the Internet, carries some type of copyright that may limit the ways it can be used. Electronic clip art comes in both bitmap and vector formats.
Definition (About.com, 2011) Clip art may be produced using traditional drawing methods or created on the computer. Sometimes photographic images are lumped under the heading of clip art.
Definition (Techterms.com, 2011) Clip art is a collection of pictures or images that can be imported into a document or another program. Clip art galleries many contain anywhere from a few images to hundreds of thousands of images. Typically organized into categories. Have keywords associated with them.
Educational Uses of Clipart Enhance worksheets and presentations Help make instructions clearer Readily available, convenient Variety Concise visual representations
Do’s and Don’ts of Using Clipart DO: Use royalty-free clipart Use clipart appropriate to your lesson or worksheet
Do’s and Don’ts of Using Clipart DON’T: Put a lot on one page Make them pixelated Rely on clipart to substitute for important information
Examples of Websites with Royalty-Free Clipart http://www.free-graphics.com/ http://classroomclipart.com/ http://www.iclipart.com/ http://www.clipartof.com/ http://www.graphicsfactory.com/