Tagged: images

“Worth a thousand words”

avatar _PhotoFunia-b67e59

Image created in PhotoFunia

“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:

sscropsueyCropsuey allows you to crop, rotate, flip and save images to your album.

 

sscomic_touchComic 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.

 

ssinstagram 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.

ssFlickr Flickr allows you to search, view, post and organise your Flickr photos.

 

ssphotocard

Photocard has a range of spectacular photos from Bill Atkinson that you can send as a digital postcard. You can also use your own images.

 

ssdoodle_buddyDoodle Buddy  and

 

ssdraw_freeDraw Free allow you to create, send and save digital images you have drawn with virtual pencils, paint and crayons.

 

 

(2) Finding Images

creative commons brieflyWhen I can’t use my own images, I usually use “Creative Commons Search” or Flickr . But it is still important to check that the owner of the image you are using has licensed it for your use.

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.

Students can also use Bubbl.us mind-maps or a Glogster poster to display the images they have collected. Images can also be used to create Digital Stories – but that’s a whole new Blog post!

PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia

This application can turn any photo into a fun image around hundreds of themes. Great for classroom posters, student projects and book reports. It does have Google advertising and links to other sites, so be vigilant and perhaps set a time limit with your students.

ARKive – unique collection of images and videos

Screen capture

After not having much luck with image searches at school (Google image and Flickr are blocked), I have found a very useful source of images, videos and information about plants and animals. ARKive is a unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact files illustrating the world’s species. You can explore and search ARKive’s continually expanding multi-media collection via the
navigation bar at the top of every page.

Lambing at Hawkesdale – on Teachertube!

Twin lambs at our farm in Hawkesdale

This video was filmed, using my Panasonic digital camera, at home on the farm. I used “Audacity” to create an audio file for the commentary. These files were combined using Windows Moviemaker and uploaded to Teachertube. This cannot be done from home, as the connection speed is to slow and the upload times out. So, thanks Jess! Another check point along the way on my web 2.0 journey. If it’s not showing here, try going to Teachertube: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=732ed6e2244e073b5987

Steep learning curve

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snarl/109805050/

Photo Source

It’s been a long and winding, uphill journey so far. Check points on the way include:

  1. writing my first posts,
  2. recieving my first comments,
  3. adding images to my blog,
  4. adding hyperlinks in my posts,
  5. discovering “Flickr”,
  6. creating a panorama for my header,
  7. learning how to embed Slideshare presentations,
  8. changing my widgets, 
  9. using my blog statisitcs,
  10. creating and embedding Voicethreads,
  11. using “My Studio” to create and embed mini-quizzes,
  12. recording sound files on “Audacity”,
  13. being invited to join “Global teacher – Web 3.0”
  14. initiating a “Skype” call,
  15. creating a “Tokbox” video message,
  16. participating in an “Elluminate” live conference and
  17. uploading a video to TeacherTube.

Now I’ve hit a road block. I have recorded my own short video on a Panasonic camera, which downloads as a Quicktime file. I have converted it to another format to edit and add a voice recording in Windows Moviemaker. Then I have to convert it to a smaller file and now I am trying to upload to TeacherTube – but can’t seem to get it happening! And why do I do all this? I guess I need to challenge myself with the technology that I expect my students to be using, creating with, communicating with and ultimately learning with.