Creative Commons Image Sources for your IWB
Oct28

Creative Commons Image Sources for your IWB

You can’t beat a powerful image to add punch to your lesson. Whether you want something to put up to draw questions from the class or just to add extra emphasis to a presentation. I’ve written about this before – and linked to a few good sources of images such as The Big Picture. To help find creative commons images, there are several tools now which will let you search Flickr for CC images. My Favourite is FlickrCC – enter a tag to search for and it will return a load thumbnails. Click on a thumbnail to see more information and to visit the original page on Flickr. Other search engines which trawl Flickr include: Compfight : http://www.compfight.com/ FlickrStorm : http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/ Simple Flickr CC Search : http://johnjohnston.info/flickrCC/index.php Flickr Creative Commons Search : http://flickr.com/creativecommons/ Remember to credit the original source of the image when you use it. I usually copy and past the full URL to the source image – you could also give the Flickr user name. If you can’t find the image on Flickr, it’s well worth checking again in the future. About 5000 images get uploaded to Flickr every minute, so there’s a chance something more suitable will be there next time you check. Some other sources of images include: Geograph : A project to take photographs of every map square in the UK. Useful for finding photos of your local environment. And if there’s not many there, would be a good idea for a project to take some!  http://www.Geograph.org.uk PhotoEverywhere : Photos from all around the world. http://photoeverywhere.co.uk/ E2Bn Gallery : A community resource made by the educational community for the educational community. Worth a look. http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/gallery-e2bn.html Animal photos : Does what it says on the tin. Photos of animals. http://animalphotos.info/a/ The Open Clip Art Library : A good source of clip art resources. Registration required, but it’s free. http://openclipart.org/ You can also use the advanced image search feature of Google Image Search to get it to check for licences and only return images that are covered for reuse, or commercial use. Go to Image Search and look for the “advanced search” button. Or click here. The creative commons website also lists a stack of other image sites here : but I haven’t checked them all out. You can also use the search engine provided by Creative Commons.org : http://search.creativecommons.org/ You can also use the Wikimedia Commons, plenty of images there that are covered by a creative commons licence : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Remember to check the licence of any image you want to use. On Flickr, it’s pretty obvious – look below the tag list and you...

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Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch
Jun23

Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch

One of the benefits of having an Interactive Whiteboard in the classroom (or even just a data projector) is the opportunity to display full colour high quality images instead of grainy acetates or posters. With a powerful image you can really add some “punch” to your lesson. Put images up while students are coming into the room – use them as part of a lesson starter – stimulate questions. What is going on here? Why is the astronaut wearing that suit? Why is it white? What would happen if he/she wasn’t on that robotic arm? What do you think it would be like to be up there? What do you think he is thinking? Should we be sending people into space? What is keeping him up there? What do we mean by Orbit? etc etc. The Big Picture One of my favourite sites for these kind of inspirational images is The Big Picture from the Boston Times. Every few days they post another set of images which never fail to make me go “wow”. Here is just a selection of the great images that you could use in different curriculum areas: For Science; Mercury Images, Robots, Hubble Images, International Space Station, Earth and Environment, Animals, Zoos, Swine Flu. For Citizenship powerful images of the protests in Iran, and here. Also Life in Iraq, For Geography – images of Cyclones, Earth Observed, Hurricanes from Above, Hurricane Ike For RE – Carnival, Easter, Holy Week, Hindu festival of colours, The Haaj, Christmas, For Art – La Princesse, Festival of Lights, For Literacy – any and all of them could have a role in stimulating story writing, or class discussion on different topics. And there are many more, plus its growing every week. In a similar vein, The BBC website also has an “In Pictures” section which covers events in the news. As does The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian. All worth bookmarking and checking from time to time. Remember to attribute the source of these images when you use them in your lessons. These are still the copyright of the photographer so you need to be careful how you use and distribute these images. Flickr For those of you who are into photography – Flickr is the YouTube of photographs. Several thousand photos get uploaded to Flickr every minute. The quality can be patchy, but there are thousands of excellent photographers sharing their works on Flickr. (and a few dodgy photographers, like me!) What makes Flickr useful is the ability to add a Creative Commons licence to your images which says how they can be used. Many people allow their...

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Link Roundup
May07

Link Roundup

One of those posts with links that I didn’t feel warranted a blog post of their own. Have a play with them and see what you think! Spell with Flickr – for those times you want a word to look really funky and you’ve exhausted all the fonts. This pulls in photos of letters from flickr to make your word. Embed into your blog or use a capture tool to grab the image to use in a flipchart. Phrasr – Type a phrase and the site will pull in words from Flickr to match each word and then animates them in sequence. You can save them, and link to old ones via the archive. Here’s an example. Bookr is from the same people who produced Phrasr. It lets you use flickr photos to make picture books which you can publish or share. A nice tool for literacy. Another version of the Fridge Magnet Poetry idea can be found here. Looks like a shared space so you can create poems with others. Elastoplast have produced a website that lets you create stories using characters built from plasters (band-aids). You can have 6 frames, select static or animated characters, draw on each frame, and add your own text desciption. Stories can be saved to their archive. A different way to do digital storytelling, as long as you don’t mind the obvious product placement! Write your stories here!...

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