Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio
Mar13

Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

Story Spheres is an interesting way to add stories to panoramic photographs. It’s a simple concept that combines the storytelling tools of words and pictures with a little digital magic. To use, you first need to upload a Photosphere, a 360-degree photo you can take on your phone or tablet using Google’s Photo App or similar program. Once uploaded, you can add dialogue, sound effects and even a music track (if it’s rights-free)....

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Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released
Oct05

Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released

If you’re teaching a topic about Space, then this new image archive is going to be very useful! Pretty much every image captured by the Apollo astronauts on their lunar missions have now been added to the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are over 11,000 photographs, each one painstakingly digitized and restored for this fantastic project. The images provide a fabulous record of life on the Apollo craft on their way...

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Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images
Feb02

Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images

Google Images has always been a great place to find images, but it does cause problems since they may well be covered by copyright rules. You have been able to search for Creative Commons, and copyright-free, images using Google Images but the feature has been a little hidden. Thankfully, Google have now updated the search tools to make it a little easier to filter by the Usage Rights, and find images you are allowed to reuse and...

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2012 in 366 Photographs : My Photo366 Project
Dec31

2012 in 366 Photographs : My Photo366 Project

For a few years now I’ve seen people doing Photo 366 projects, and I keep meaning to do one myself. But every New Year’s Day I forget. So for 2012, I really tried to remember to do one. And I rather surprised myself that I managed to keep it going for a whole year. 2012 was quite a year too with the Olympics coming to town, amongst other things. So plenty of opportunities for some rather cool photographs. Plus it was also...

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Creative Commons Music from Dan-O
Jun05

Creative Commons Music from Dan-O

Dan-O is a singer/songwriter who runs a website where he posts his original music as free MP3 downloads. You can listen to the songs online or download the tracks. The only thing you need to do when using Dan’s music is to link back to or credit his Website. His songs are available to be used in YouTube videos, films, slideshows, games, podcasts and any other projects that need original instrumental or vocal tracks. This would be...

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Dumpr – fun with your photos
Jan19

Dumpr – fun with your photos

Dumpr is a great little website that has lots of tools for doing creative things with your images. Simply choose an effect from the 21 on offer, upload your photograph and Dumpr will do the rest. You can then save your image to use elsewhere. For example, turn an image into a Rubiks Cube: This is a great way to create avatars images for social media, or present your images in creative ways in blog posts or student presentations. The...

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Collaborate for Change – talk and links #c84c
Nov18

Collaborate for Change – talk and links #c84c

Last night was the 2nd Collaborate for Change event, run by Havering LA. It was a fabulous event and there were plenty of faces I recognised from Twitter sharing some of their excellent expertise on a wide range of different topics. I gave a talk, and ran two table sessions – and I said to those who attendended that I’d make all the relevant links available on the blog. SO here they are: Making the most of your Interactive...

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Five Funky Flickr Tools for Teachers
Oct04

Five Funky Flickr Tools for Teachers

Flickr is a fantastic site for sharing photographs with others, and as such it’s also a brilliant resource for finding and using photographs to use in a lesson. There are lots of websites that use the Flickr API to pull in photographs from Flickr and use them in quite creative ways. Here’s 5 to get you started. 1. Flickr Poet Flickr Poet is a quick way of turning a poem, sentence or chunk of random text into a sequence of...

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10 Fab Flickr Groups for Teachers
Jun03

10 Fab Flickr Groups for Teachers

Tom Barrett yesterday tweeted a link to another excellent “Interesting Ways” presentation: 28 Interesting Images to use in the Classroom. This got me thinking about one of my favourite sources of images, the Flickr website, and how many amazing images there are on there. Many of which are able to be used by teachers under a creative commons licence. One of the great things about Flickr is the social aspect with Flickr...

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Wylio – a creative commons image search
Dec16

Wylio – a creative commons image search

Wylio is another addition to the various image search tools that you can find on Internet that trawl through Flickr and return images covered by a creative commons license. What makes Wylio different to something like FlickrCC is that it is designed with bloggers in mind, and gives you quick access to an embed code that automatically sizes the image and builds the photo credit into the code. So for example, you type in a keyword,...

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Bad Maths on Flickr
Sep05

Bad Maths on Flickr

Inspired by a trip to Tescos recently where I saw this special offer, and by the Atrocious Apostrophe’s flickr group for all those instances of terrible punctuation, I decided to set up the Bad Maths Flickr group. The aim is to collate any examples of bad maths out there in the real world. These images can then be used in maths lessons with students, getting them to spot the errors. It’s a fledgling group, but hopefully...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB
Apr06

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB

One of the talks I gave at the Teacher2Teacher conference was on finding useful digital content to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. There’s more to the Internet than YouTube and Google Image search! Although this presentation was delivered mainly to Smartboard users, and the original presentation produced in Smart Notebook format, the information is very useful to any IWB users. Or even teachers who have a projector and no...

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