Aug 24 2010

Compfight- Fast & Cool Image Searching with Flickr

jim

www.compfight.com

OK, Flickr is one of our favorite sites simply because the number of images that are available, tagged, described, and shared. We highly recommend Flickr’s Creative Commons section for educators and students. If you don’t know about Creative Commons or have just had a case of amnesia, be sure to check out our previous post about finding copyright friendly images.

One of the down sides of Flickr is that it’s not the easiest interface to navigate and search for images. Enter today’s web application- Compfight. Seriously, I’m not sold on the name (was that compfight or compflight, Susan?). It’s supposed to have something to do with finding “comps” (comparable images) for your project or whatever. Anyway, just enter a search term and select whether or not you want to look only in the Creative Commons of Flickr and whether or not you want the safe search turned on. Here’s my search for dolphin:

For most of the thumbnail images you can simply hover your mouse over the image and it will give you the size of the available image (in pixels). Click on a thumbnail to open the Flickr page where the original can be downloaded.

It’s easy, it’s free, it’s fun!


Aug 23 2010

Storybooks to read and personalize- MeeGenius!

susan

www.meegenius.com

I came across this really cool site recently. It allows you to select a storybook and either have it read to you, read it yourself, or best of all- customize it!

That was my favorite feature. After you select a book, you can select the personalize button and it will ask for the name of the main characters.

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Aug 14 2010

Plurk- Start building your priceless PLN!

jim

www.plurk.com

Plurk is like Twitter with a timeline.

But before you go off and say you already use Twitter or have no use for Twitter, hear me out. Plurk is the perfect place to build your PLN. Oh, yes, another acronym in education. But this is far beyond the realm of education! PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. In short, it’s a group of professional colleagues around the world that have similar interests and expertise. My PLN is invaluable! This is where I go when I need the wisdom of experience and experts that are in the trenches and on the cutting edge.

140 character posts with links, images, and videos can change the way you learn- because none of us are as smart as all of us! Continue reading


Aug 4 2010

Glogster- Multimedia Web Posters

jim

OK, so most of you already know about this- and many of us have used this for years. But I just realized I have never mentioned it in our blog or link directory- what great injustice! So what is it? It’s easier to show you than to try to explain. So take a quick look here or take a look at it over at the Glogster website:

It’s sort of a multimedia online poster of sorts. Remember the Daily Prophet newspaper in the Harry Potter movies? Yeah, it’s kinda like that! You can put together a poster with text, images, stamps, backgrounds, videos, and more.

As you can tell, this is a poster about a cool book series called The Shadow Children. As an aside- it’s a great book series and fun to read! Can you imagine the possibilities with any curriculum? Consider these…

Instead of labeling a pre-printed worksheet on the water cycle, create a water cycle glog!
Instead of writing a book report, create a glog with a book trailer!
Instead of writing a report on a historical figure, create a glog with images, videos, and quotes!

What category of web apps do you put this in? I’m not sure, so I include it in “Website Generators,” though it’s much more than that.

And one more thing… there are lots of glogs out there that may be inappropriate for students. Enter Glogster.edu- a safe and private platform for students to create their media-rich blogs! It’s also a great site to find examples of what others are doing. If you already have a Glogster account, you can migrate it to edu.glogster by sending an email to edu@glogster.com.


Aug 3 2010

OtherInbox- protecting your “real” email address from overload

jim

www.otherinbox.com

Using Web 2.0 tools often requires registering for an account at each site. Doing this with students gets to be pretty tricky since most sites require a unique email address to be used. Not many of our younger students have email addresses! There are several ways around this- and our favorite method is piggy-backing (See Susan’s post-  about doing this with Gmail). Otherinbox has become a lifesaver! Here’s how it works…

1. Teacher creates an account at Otherinbox (yes, it’s free). So let’s say the teacher’s username at Otherinbox is bradpitt. That means the teacher has been assigned the email root of “bradpitt.otherinbox.com”

2. Anytime a student (let’s say SallyA) registers at any website, she can enter her email address as SallyA@bradpitt.otherinbox.com. Continue reading