What are they?

Photos are photos. Photoediting is changing the photo to make it look better or different. Wouldn't you like a photo of you and your favorite hero?
Avitars and talking photos are graphics of some sort with an audio track. They talk! See me to the right -->

Why do create/use/edit them?

We live in a graphics intense world. Why not use their power to help engage learners? Have your students take their own photos then edit them to accompany their work. Beware using photos off the web. Someone else created them so they are their property not yours. Always adhere to Fair Use and Copyright rules! Take your own photos. Have students take the photos they use.

For World Teachers’ Day, A Look At What Classrooms Look Like Across The Globe

Digital Citizenship

Read -- Teaching Young Students to use Technology Responsibly
Read -- The Balance of Screen Time
Read -- Google Search has finally added a simple way to search for images that have reuse rights! (no, you can't use all the graphics you find on the web)
Read -- Getty makes 35 million photos free to use
Check out -- Top 10 Sources for Free Images
Read -- Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live
Read -- Taking Notes vs. Taking a Picture of Notes; Which Wins?
View --

Your assignment:

  1. Read/explore links above and below.
  2. Create a Photos and More page.
    Note: Throughout this assignment and the entire semester page names, file names, and apps are only suggestions. You can use alternate ones if you wish.
  3. Ideas: Many of you indicated you wanted to know how real teachers are using technology in their classrooms. Search this out. Find two articles or videos where teachers talk about how they use photos, photoediting, avitars, and/or "talking graphics" with their students.
    Summarize articles/videos (2-3 sentences) and hyperlink to article or video on your wiki page
  4. Samples:
    1. Use Photobooth to take photos. Create at least one good photo of yourself that looks like you.
      Note: If there is a safety/legal reason as to why you shouldn't have your photo on your materials, chat with me for options. This has been necessary previous semesters.
    2. Use Pixlr.com or Photoshop (it's on our lab computers) to edit photos.
      Create at least one good photo of yourself that is cropped to approximately 1x1.5 inches and at least 5 fun photos of yourself.
      Save photos to your desktop. Also save photos to your Google Drive if you think you will want to use them in the future.
      Tip: To open a photo in a new window in Photoshop -- right mouse click, select open photo in new window option, OR use Window menu, OR try View menu, OR click on tab with second photo and drag photo out into a new window. It's handy to see both photos when you are cloning.
    3. Use Google Draw (it's in Google Drive) to create poster of photos using photos you have just edited.
      Name file 325 PhotoPoster.
      Orient "paper" in portrait not landscape direction (use custom layout, what is the paper size for portrait orientation?)
      On poster Include:
      1 good photo of you
      3-5 "fun" photos of you
      your name, major and something unique about you (place text in a textbox)
    4. Post PhotoPoster to Photos and More page in your wiki three different ways: (1) jpg, (2) pdf, (3) embed Google Draw poster
      (When PhotoPoster is open go to File-Download as pdf, as jpg. Save to your desktop. Post on wiki. To embed, File-Publish to Web-use embed code, embed as a Widget [make sure file is Public - when in Drive mark check box to select file, More-Share-Share])
    5. Put a nice photo of you on your wiki homepage.
    6. Create an avitar (Voki) welcoming people to your Photos and More page, post to Photos and More page
    7. Create a "talking photo" (Photobabble, Blabberize, or other app) using one of the photos you edited, post to Photos and More page
      (first graders do this)Our First Graders Share Their Favorite Picture Books By Creating Talking Avatars Using The Tellagami App
    8. Now for some homework... Using photos or graphics from the web. It is important for both you and your students to adhere to copyright and fair use rules. Read the following articles:Then on your wiki page include 8 photos as identified below. You will either be pulling from a specific source or illustrating each of the following types of attribution. Below each photo indicate (a) the source or attribution type of each photo (ie from Getty Collection), (b) the web address of actual photo as a link below photo [not google address], (c) how you know photo meets attribution type or source.
      1. Getty Collection (Read -- Getty makes 35 million photos free to use) How to use Getty's vast collection of newly free pictures on your website
        Select a photo, locate embed code, embed. Tell that it is from the Getty Collection and give the website address. See below for an example of the Statue of Liberty.
      2. BadgerLink -- Check out what's available, some schools don't allow Google http://www.badgerlink.net/
        This used to be a super resource for photos as well as text articles. Look at the resources available so you know what's there. You can attempt to find an image but it is harder than it used to be. They do have a great collection of newspapers. So, Social Studies Cohort, use the Newpaper Archive -- search page, how to use it video. Snatch an image from the newspaper or grab a screen shot (how do I get a screen shot?) and put it on your wiki. Be sure to tell where you got the image as well as that you used BadgerLink.
      3. Holds Creative Commons attribution (See Creative Commons resources below)
        [News Flash: Microsoft is killing off the last trace of clip art in its Office products, instead pointing users in need of imagery toward Bing Image Search. Why? Because most people are just getting their images online anyway. Bing images won’t be vector art (and thus not as resizable), and they probably won’t be as gloriously ’90s, but you’ll at least have a whole lot more options. The Bing Image Search built into Office is essentially the same one that’s built into its standard search engine, just with Creative Commons filters switched on by default to allow for commercial use.]
      4. Google -- labeled for reuse with modification (Read -- Google Search has finally added a simple way to search for images that have reuse rights!
      5. Google -- labeled for reuse
      6. Google -- labeled fro noncommercial reuse with modification
      7. Google -- labeled for noncommercial reuse
      8. Open Clipart -- a piece of clipart from this site OR from the Noun Project
      9. A photo taken by you
      10. Heads-up: The class segment on E-Safety, Copyright and Fair Use is scheduled for Dec 8. You might want to check out this page and see what you need to complete for it. You can do that assignment now if you wish. The end of the semester is traditionally quite busy.
    9. (optional -- great for Above and Beyond) Use still photos to create movies
      1. Use PhotoStory 3 to make a movie. (Windows only program, available on the Windows side on our machines in the lab). Include at least 5 photos, 2 titles, narration, and music. Upload to YouTube (see Instructional Videos page for instructions), embed in your wiki. Need help with PhotoStory 3? Check out http://www.jakesonline.org/photostory3.pdf
      2. Use PhotoPeach or some other app to make a movie.
      3. Former Microsoft Engineers Launch Pixotale, A Social Networking App For Visual Storytelling

5. Reflections: Based on what you have discovered in your reading and sample creation, on your wiki page tell how you and your students might use this tool to support learning. You don't have to write as complete a plan as I'm sharing below on your Photos and More page. However, on your Unit and Lessons page you will include student samples, evaluation rubrics and both content and technology standards.

Due Date: Oct 18, midnight

Copyright and Fair Use

  • A Fabulous Flow Chart on How Students Should Use Images from The Web
  • Teach kids about copyright: a list of resources from Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons -- What is Creative Commons?
    Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
  • More on Creative Commons -- A Copyright Friendly Toolkit
  • How to find an image with Creative Commons attribution -- try putting"creative commons attribution" in your search term when looking for a photo, the attribution then shows up where the photo is described.
    Example: 1) I typed in the following in the google search box -- ponies images creative commons attribution
    2) The text below the file name talks about attribution.3) To copy the actual photo click on the View Image button, that's the photo to copy, not the one you see in this thumbnail preview.
    4) To copy the actual web address, click the Visit Page button, use that address. If you see a horribly long address that has the word Google in it, you probably don't have the real address.
    5) Look on the website, it probably talks about Creative Commons Attribution, that tells you how it can be used.

This plan was originally written by a student but I've tweeked it a bit.

Unit/Lesson Topic: Spanish
- Spanish vocabulary words.
Grade: 5th
Time of Year: Beginning of the year, beginning unit of Introductory Vocabulary in Spanish

  1. Students will create a photo collection of 10+ vocabulary words from the Introductory Vocabulary in Spanish. They will use a digital camera to take photos of the vocabulary words. After they have taken the photos they will edit them and create a collage of the photos. The collage will be saved in the form of a graphic. The word list they can choose from will consist of common words found in a house and will include the following: sofa, table, rug, door, fridge, stove, sink, bathroom, kitchen, etc.
  2. Using the graphic of 10 vocabulary words created yesterday, create a Fotobabble saying each word in English and Spanish.

Student Samples of Technology: jpg of photo collage, Fotobabble

Evaluating Rubric: jpg and pdf

Content Standards:
Go into your standards and tell which ones you are addressing

Technology Standards:
Go into the ISTE Student Standards and tell which ones you are addressing

There are MANY online photoediting apps. Try them to see which one you like best.
  • **Pixlr** -- Modest on-line photo-editors have been available for years, but Pixlr has ramped up the capabilities to near-Photoshop levels. Totally web-based, it requires no installation and works with any operating system. The function that really caught my attention is the clone tool with a soft brush–in case there's a stray hair or zit you needed to remove from a family portrait.
  • Gimp -- my son's favorite
  • Irfanview -- my husband's favorite
  • Photoshop Express -- I haven't tried it but it's photoshop online
  • Design apps to die for
  • Tux Paint -- a fun program for young children ages 3-12
  • Age-progression tools -- Perception Lab's Face Transformer, Faceffect

Goodbye Photoshopped images: Izitru launches to verify original photos


Bonus Information: Scanning

Are you using scanned photos? If so you might want to examine the following resources:
  1. Read about digital images in Nick Dvoracek's manual or online http://idea.uwosh.edu/nick/digitalimaging.htm
  2. Read Scanning Basics 101 - All About Digital Images (http://www.scantips.com/)
  3. Read Understanding Images: A Guide to Resolution and Size //What you need to know about DPI, PPI, resolution, and megabytes// (http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/software/page6045.cfm)
  4. PPT on graphics and scanning

My Samples


If you are using Wikispaces, this is how you embed the code --
Create fotobabble. Look for Embed Code message on page.
Place cursor on wiki page where you want photo, click on Widget, click on Other HTML, paste code in box, save page, fotobabble should show.

Fotobabble made on iPad (using iPhone ap) saved on fotobabble site

ScreenChomp -- free ap for use with your iPad

1. Download ap then make screenchomp on your iPad (there doesn't seem to be an ap to do that online using a desktop or laptop machine).
2. Send address of show to yourself (email) so you can post it on your wiki. (Maybe you can post it directly on your iPad, I didn't try.)
3. Open the link on your machine. Paste address into your wikispace page, make link. (see step 3 below)
4. Or -- Take a screen shot of screenchomp, paste into Word doc, save image as a jpg, upload image to wikispace page, add link to page, when photo is clicked on it will take you to web address and play screenchomp.
5. Or -- When at screenchomp scroll down to bottom of page, download file (mp4), upload file on wikispace page, it shows and plays wonderfully on your iPad from the webpage.

Read this article and tell if ScreenChomp could be used by the engineer? How could it be used by your students?

(step 3) Here's the sample I made:

(Or -- step 4)

(or -- step 5)

Voki's could fall into this category too. Would you consider an avatar equal to a photo?

If you made a VoiceThread and it won't show (it says it isn't public), then you need to change the viewing options. To do this (1) sign in to your account, (2) you should now be on the My Voice tab, if not, select that tab, (3) decide which VoiceThread you want to make public, click on the Menu option in the lower right hand corner, (4) click on the Edit button, (5) look at the bottom of your screen, select Publishing Options, (6) select the option to allow anyone to view, you can also allow anyone to comment if you wish.


Someone else made this one. They had better luck with Blabberize than I typically do.

-- slideshow with music and captions (no voice narration), uses Flash (so won't show on iPad), hosted on PhotoPeach site (free version does not allow you to download your shows, pay version does)
(screen shot from show then link added)


I also found the embed code somewhere and was able to embed it here.
spring flowers on PhotoPeach

Photo Samples (please don't use any of these photos, find your own!!!)
Getty Images


Badger Link (Digital Science Online)

Creative Commons
you get the idea....

Here is my Voki. I created it at Voki.com

Here is my Fotobabble although the Record wasn't working in the lab.