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“Different people get different things out of the images. It doesn’t matter what it’s about, all that matters is how it makes you feel.” ~ Adam Jones
“Kick Start Activity 5” in the Teachers Blogging Challenge One is all about images – “The Eyes of the Blog”. This post is in three parts – (1) Creating Images (2) Finding Images and (3) Using Images. One of the biggest advantages of digital technology is the ease with which we can capture, store and transfer images. “Facebook”, “Twitter” and many other social networking sites are introducing new ways to share images, and the ease with which this can be done can have unpleasant consequences. However, it also provides great opportunities for learning and makes the internet an ideal medium for me and other very visual learners. Many of our students will have their learning enhanced by the effective use of images. One of my most favorite things to do is search and find a pertinent image to match a blog post or illustrate a presentation.
(1) Creating Images
I like to use my own photographs when I can, and I am building a resource of these images by participating in the photo-a-day 365project and posting iPhone photos directly to my Posterous site. If you haven’t used Posterous before, it is a really simple blogging platform that allows you to post text and images by email. There is also a posterous app that allows you to quickly and easily post directly from your iPhone. There are several picture editing apps for the iPhone/iPod/iPad as well, that allow you to crop, rotate, resize and add effects. Chris Betcher has written an excellent review of twelve apps available from the iTunes store at “Snap Happy”.
Here are a few more apps for photos and images that I have used:
Cropsuey allows you to crop, rotate, flip and save images to your album.
Comic Touch (from the same company as Comic Life) allows you to create cartoons from your images by adding speech and thought bubbles with your text inserted.
Instagram allows you to create vintage effects (like an old polaroid) from your own photos, link to all your different social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous etc) and share your images. With one touch, you can post your image to all these sites simultaneously.
Flickr allows you to search, view, post and organise your Flickr photos.
Doodle Buddy and
Draw Free allow you to create, send and save digital images you have drawn with virtual pencils, paint and crayons.
(2) Finding Images
The image at left shows four different categories of Creative Commons licensing that an owner of an image may choose. If you are using images from Flickr, it is good etiquette to leave a comment under the image, linking to the post where you have used their photograph or digital image.
Finding images on the internet for classroom use is problematic for many educators, for reasons such as copyright privileges, inappropriateness and wasted time searching. David Kapuler has written a guest post at the TechLearning TL Advisor blog listing the “Top Ten Sites for Images and Clipart” , which links to free options for image searches, suitable for student use. Note that the comments also have a number of free sites available, including Stock.xchng and Wikimedia Commons.
Photos8 is another excellent site for free photos and wallpapers, with over 12,000 images in 24 different categories. Sam Mugraby, a photographer and creator, has made these photos available for both commercial and non-comercial use, as long as you agree to his terms and conditions.
(3) Using Images in Science: Student Actvities
Images are very useful for teaching and learning about classification. Ask students to find images of:
- Each of the five Kingdoms of living organisms (Protists, Bacteria, Fungi, Animals and Plants);
- Five classes of vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians);
- Monocotyledons versus Dicotyledons;
- Five food groups (Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals)
- Different types of Simple Machines
and construct a Table or a Venn Diagram.