16 Avatar Generators for Profile Pictures and more
Sep13

16 Avatar Generators for Profile Pictures and more

If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar instead. This lets the students have a visual representation of themselves, but without using their real image. You could also use these as characters in your lesson resources – add them to your interactive whiteboard presentations with speech bubbles to give lesson objectvies...

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Make Quick Screen grabs with PicPick
Sep06

Make Quick Screen grabs with PicPick

PicPick is a free piece of software which allows you to make screengrabs from anywhere. It also contains an image editor and screen magnifier. Some of these features can be found in your IWB software, but for making quick screengrabs it’s a handy utility. Check it out at http://www.picpick.org/   Thanks to Jeff Thomas for the link....

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New Google search by image
Jun16

New Google search by image

I was told about a neat little application last week called TinEye. With it you could upload an image and TinEye would tell you all the sites that used that particular image. I thought it could be useful for teachers to check where students got particular images for coursework – it should be possible to backtrack and find the source. It reminded me a little of the Google Goggles app for the iPhone which would search based on a...

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Pixolu2 : a visual image search tool
Jun15

Pixolu2 : a visual image search tool

pixolu² is a prototype image search tool which uses an interesting method to help you find images. Once you have carried out an initial keyword search you can select images that you like, and pixolu² will try and find more images that are similar. It will also try and group them visually (by colour from the look of it). By repeating the process over and over again you can narrow down the type of images you get. It will trawl Flickr...

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Sign and Image/Text generation tool
May27

Sign and Image/Text generation tool

Here’s a really quick link to a fun website that lets you generate your own signs with short snappy messages. This would be a fun way to display keywords, learning objectives or to help introduce a story. Take a look and see what you think : http://www.redkid.net/generator/sign.php Other generators are available on the site including banners, avatars and road signs. Check it out....

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Google Image Slideshow
Mar22

Google Image Slideshow

Google Image Slideshow is a simple tool allows you to easily generate and view an online image slideshow based on search results from Google Images. http://theslideshow.net/ If you are using this in the classroom – be aware there is you can’t preview the images you are going to get in the slideshow website. I’d suggest doing the same google image search first on the regular google image search page to check no...

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12 Useful Image Search Tools
Dec31

12 Useful Image Search Tools

The internet is awash with fantastic images. The problem is finding images that are not breaching someone’s copyright, which is often the case. For student projects is also good practice to have them attribute the source of their images. Here’s a few ways of getting images that let you find ones you are actually allowed to use. Google Image Search Google Image Search is excellent for finding images and is often the first...

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Ookaboo – free pictures of everywhere on Earth
Dec29

Ookaboo – free pictures of everywhere on Earth

Ookaboo is a collection of free pictures, indexed using precise words and phrases from various sources on web. All pictures on Ookaboo are in the public domain or are under Creative Commons — that means that you can use our pictures for your web site, classwork, or other creative projects! The Map Search is a little fiddly, but you can search for keywords or places. Images include a link back to the original image, plus an...

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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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Wallace and Gromit Avatar Maker
Nov01

Wallace and Gromit Avatar Maker

In the past I have written about the various fun tools that are out there for creating fun avatars to use as profile images. If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar instead. Thanks to Mark Warner at Teaching Ideas for sharing yet another one to add to the list – the Wallace and Gromit character creator. It’s...

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Blitz Resources from History Pin
Sep09

Blitz Resources from History Pin

Seventy years ago this month the Blitz began. It started with the bombing of London for 76 consecutive nights, and soon cities and towns across Britain were suffering attacks, from Aberdeen to Coventry, from Birmingham to Hull. Many homes, high streets and famous landmarks were dramatically altered by the bombings, in some cases beyond recognition. By the end of May 1941, more than a million homes had been destroyed or damaged in...

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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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