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More cool new web-based image tools:
In the old days, we asked learners to create collages to represent themselves, historic events, book characters, etc. We can now use online tools like StainedGlassCollage or Tabblo to create even more sophisticated collage efforts.
Mappr, a Flickr mash-up tool, allows students to use photographs to explore geography and culture. Frappr allows blog visitors to show their faces and mark the places from with they come. See our TeacherLibrarianNing for an example. We’ve had more than 10,000 views of our Frappr map there!
Scrapblog allows you to create public or private online multimedia (image and video) scrapbooks complete with themes, stickers, text balloons, and frames. Post your scrapblogs to websites, blogs, standard image sites, or save them to disk. Slide.com is a similar tool for creating online slideshows enhanced with theme, music, backgrounds, and photo effects. I recently discovered Toufee.com and look forward to using it to create flash movies combining my images and video with its nifty media effects. SplashCast also allows users to "create streaming media ‘channels’ that mix together video, music, photos, narration, text, as well as RSS feeds, PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents."
One of my favorite utility players, Zamzar, allows us to convert all kinds of docs, images, and video files from one format to another.
And, search engines are going visual too. Some learners may prefer the connections of visual approach presents. Check out the result lists from Quintara, KartOO, or Grokker’s map view.
And Flickr, the mother of photo sharing sites, can be used to share student work and to pull students into our websites. This past year we used the site to document school culture and activities, to begin a student art gallery, and to explore the visual representation of vocabulary. We plan to improve these galleries next year and encourage more student comments and notes.
Please use your comments to share any incredibly cool image tools I might have missed!
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About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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