Feb 25 2012

Goodbye Picnik…. Hello iPiccy!



One of my very favorite Web 2.0 websites is www.picnik.com. For simple photo editing, it couldn’t be beat! Sadly, Google acquired Picnik a few months ago, and on April 19th it will go away. Many of the features were incorporated into Google+, but for a way to edit pictures quickly especially with students, I needed a replacement.

Fortunately, I found out about iPiccy.com. iPiccy has the same feel as Picnik, and allows for easy cloud-based photo editing.

iPiccy allows you to get pictures from a variety of places. You can upload from your computer, from a URL, from your camera, from Facebook or create a drawing from scratch.

Once you’ve selected your image to work with, there are a nice selection of editing features including cropping, resizing images, sharpen images and rotating. The best part of iPiccy is that it has some advanced features such as curves and levels and a CLONE TOOL!!!!! :-)

One your image is corrected, you can add effects or text to your images. Some of these are the same as Picnik, but many are different.

Filter- Old Photo Image Auto Corrected

The only thing that seems to be missing that Picnik had was stickers. Although those were fun to decorate personal pictures, they were less important when working on curriculum projects.

Overall, although I was in mourning for a couple of weeks about the loss of Picnik, I am pleased to have found iPiccy. I’m still getting used to it, but so far it is working out just fine.

Feb 15 2012

Your name in Animal Letters- Alphabetimals



OK, so this is not one of those earth-shattering, ground-breaking finds. But if you teach primary grades or for some other strange reason need a title made from animal letters, you could find this useful.

OK, to be fair, this site does a little more than this. It does provide audio of each animal’s noise and a recording of a young child saying the animal’s name. So I guess you could say it’s cute. But since I’m a secondary teacher at heart, my judgment of “cuteness” may not equal yours. Keep in mind, I was one of those teachers who had one bulletin board in my room- which I cleverly and conveniently hid behind a bookcase.


Feb 6 2012

My name is Jim and I am a QR junkie…



Yes, I know. I just posted about QR codes not too long ago. But I’m a QR junkie. So when this cool website crossed my path, I had to let everybody know about it. Now, it’s subtitle “Pimp your Code!” is less than desirable in an educational setting, but let’s get past that and move on to the cool factor.

There are hundreds of QR generators popping up everywhere. It amazes me that the QR generator over at http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ is still ranked number one in the Google searches for “QR generator.” After all, it is rather… dull… and limited. There are so many others that are so much better, like I mentioned in my last post. But then an even cooler one surfaced- QR Hacker. Check out what this site can do:

These are my Hunger Games book summaries:


Yes, that site let’s you easily create QR codes with various foreground and background colors. You can insert images behind, on top of, or embedded into your QR code. What’s there not to love about that?

Go ahead- I know you want to. Leave our cool blog and go try it out for yourselves! But don’t say I didn’t warn you. You, too, will become a QR junkie.

Oh, and if anyone has seen Susan, please tell her it’s her turn to blog.