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Add Images and Media to your Treehouse

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Steps for adding media to your treehouse:

  1. Adding Media: Find/Create Media
  2. Upload Media to the ToL Database
  3. Insert Media into the ToL Easy Editor

Help Finding Media in the ToL Database

Quick tips:

See Help Finding Media in the ToL Database for examples of searches and more tips for finding what you want.

Find/Create Media

Find media in the ToL Database

Find media on the ToL

The ToL database is home to many image and media files that you may use in your treehouse. If you click on the find image or find media buttons while you are editing your treehouse you will get a search form that you can use to look for images/media in the ToL database. For example if you are looking for images of butterflies you can put the word: butter (this will match butterfly and butterflies) in the text in any media data field. From the search window you will be able to select the image that you want to add to your page. Your search will only find images and media that you are allowed to use in your page. If you do an advanced search of the ToL for images, you will see both usable and restricted images.

Create Your Own Media

Help for Creating Your Own Media

Media you find on the WWW or elsewhere you will need to upload to the ToL database before you can insert it into your treehouse.

We encourage you to create your own media for your treehouses. You can take digital photos, sound recordings or movies and insert them into your treehouse. You can use a scanner to scan into your computer regular photos and drawings you have created to make digital files. You can also upload documents that contain graphs, tables or other data sheets that would be difficult to recreate in a web page. Creating your own media is a great way to study the Earth's organisms. You may create media of a living thing that you are studying, or of yourself and others at work studying Life on Earth. Remember, if you are under 18, you need to have permission from a parent/guardian and your school (if you are doing a class project) if you will create media that has your own image or the image of any other kids.


Find Media on the WWW or from Other Sources

Help Finding Media on the WWW

Media you find on the WWW or elsewhere you will need to upload to the ToL database before you can insert it into your treehouse.

find media on the WWW

If you can't create your own media, or find media that you want in the ToL database, you can search for media on the WWW. In order to use other people's work there are rules, called copyright rules (see below), that you absolutely must follow.

Following Copyright Rules

For most images/media on the WWW and other publications, you must get permission in writing to upload the media file to the ToL database and use it in your page, it is not enough to simply list in your treehouse page the source of where you got the media file.

If the image or media file (on the web or elsewhere):

You must:

We have a list of sites with images/media in the Public Domain that you can use on your treehouse page. Public domain means that the original copyright owner has given up their copyright for the public to use the work freely in their own projects.

Upload (Add) Images and Media to the ToL database

Before you can add image and media files to your treehouse that you have created or found (somewhere other than the ToL) you will need to upload the media files to the ToL database. For assistance see:

Insert Media into Your Treehouse

The final step of adding media is to insert the media files you want to use into your treehouse. For assistance please see:


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