FlickrLeech- yet another way to search for images!

What can I say? Another tool that allows you to search Flickr for images. FlickrLeech is another very simple tool to use. You can choose to search through photos using tags or for a particular user, group or interestingness.

You can also choose how you want the interface style to look, (I preferred the “dark” setting), what size you preferred the results to be shown on your screen, whether to show a preview when hovering over the picture, how many results are put up onto the screen and where you go when you click onto the image.

You can also choose to search in Advanced mode and ask for photos with particular CC licences.

Once you have sorted out your settings (it doesn’t take long) the search happens very quickly with the images found very clear and easy to see and it is easy to scroll down to fine the ones you prefer.

This is yet another very easy way to find CC images for students and staff.

Web2.0 Weekly Challenge

Looking around the web today for ideas for teaching using web2.0 tools I found the following site.

The Web2.0 Wednesday Weekly Challenge offers tutorials on a variety of Web 2.0 tools, with an emphasis on Goggle tools. There are many tools listed down the left-hand side of the site, with very easy-to-follow instructions and there is also has a weekly challenges for teachers to get involved in and then share. It is similar in some ways to the “23 things” program, either with SLAV, SLA or others, but tries to give it a classroom perspective.

A screen grab of the Week #7 challenge on wordles is below.

As with the “23 things” program, week #1 is on Blogging.

Although it is aimed at the classroom teacher, it would be a good way for teacher librarians to learn about some of the tools and many ideas could be developed between teacher librarians and classroom teachers.

Images and words: using, manipulating, playing

Whilst I was on-line this morning up popped a couple of emails, One was sent by a teacher and it included the photograph below.

I looked around the web and found a blog, CFRU 93.3fm Election Radio, which posted the photo with the following text

It would seem that the credit crunch is having a really significant impact in the UK.

Even those more fortunate than most are having to make difficult decisions to ensure that their standard of living is maintained.

I don’t know if they created the photo but it certainly brought a laugh to students and teachers alike. I had a great discussion last week with the boys in the reading club/group. We started off talking about some books, then got om to how the media manipulated readers by the language used in their stories and finally discussed the economic crisis and the speeches made by politicians (what do they really mean?)

I was sitting in the library and around me there was a display of newspaper headlines for this year. I had collected these news banners for the morning delivery of papers over this year. So many words in bold print saying…?

These headlines have caused quite a bit of discussion with the students when they have come into the library over the past week.

I then started thinking about what activities you might base on these headlines. They could be the basis of some interesting approaches to language. Continue reading

Creative Commons vs Copyright

I am still working on creating a good collection of resources to explain copyright, fair use/fair dealing and Creative Commons. I came across this slide collection on Flickr. It is a short tale of copyright and fair-use.

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A Tale of Two Fish  http://www.flickr.com/photos/yiibu/sets/1474876/show/ It is best viewed as a slide set and sets out the differences between Copyright and Creative Commons.

The Free Rice campaign: new range of topics

Last year I read about the Free Rice site and then a member of our RE staff also sent it around. Since then it has occasionally come up again. When I looked at the site again I saw some changes on the website that I thought I would let you know about. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the deal. The site that asks you questions and each time you get an answer right, 20 grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program. (There is a lot of information on this UN site that would be useful as well).  The money comes from the displayed ads and the advertisers are solid brands, as you can see on the site.

The Free Rice site has been updated to offer a wider range of topics. The questions do ‘learn’ as you progress through the quiz and become harder but they aren’t too taxing but there are 50 levels you can strive to acheive.  As the school year starts to draw to a close, and some students may finish work earlier than others, they might like to have a go at this site and do some good at the same time. You can have a go as many times as you like and it can be addictive. I know one person that tries it everyday.

I don’t know when the change occurred but you can now choose to do your bit to help fight poverty while answering questions on the following subjects:

  • Art
    Famous Paintings
  • Chemistry
    Chemical Symbols (Basic)
    Chemical Symbols (Full List)
  • English
    English Grammar
    English Vocabulary
  • Geography
    Identify Countries on the Map
    World Capitals
  • LOTE 
    French
    German
    Italian
    Spanish
  • Maths
    Multiplication Table 

Famous Writers: voices from the past

I was listening to a news radio broadcast this morning. An item, from a BBC transmission, was broadcast and I thought that it sounded interesting and useful for students of literature.

The British Library has a huge archive of recordings of many of the famous writers of the 20th century. These were sitting in their archive vaults until someone had the idea to release them as part of a new series of CDs called the Spoken Word project.

The British Library CDs were called a literary goldmine in the Guardian newspaper and include recordings of 30 British writers and 27 from the US. These are rare recordings of some of the 20th century’s greatest writers and the amazing thing is that most of them are being heard for the first time since they were in front of the microphone.

Excerpts from the collection, that I heard this morning, included the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf and a recording of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explaining the creation of his Sherlock Holmes character. It was really interesting to hear the actual voices of the writers and their thoughts on writing, etc. rather than someone else speaking for them. The CDs also include F Scott Fitzgerald reciting Othello, Tennessee Williams lambasting critics and Raymond Chandler drunkenly slurring his way through an interview with Ian Fleming.

Listen to extracts (about 12mins) from the recordings or download the podcast

The CDs called The Spoken Word: British Writers and American Writers is released on 23rd October by the British Library. They would be an excellent addition to our library and, as I am shortly to get a new card, this will be one of my purchases.

Another explanation in Plain English from leelefever

Here is a new video explaining the basics about phishing and how to avoid getting caught. It is from my favourites, Leelefever, and called “Phishing Scams in Plain English”. These are such great little videos to help people get a handle on some of the intricacies on the web, although I’m not sure where “Zombies in Plain English” fitted!

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