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I showed the students how they can find flickr images.There is FlickrCC and FlickrStorm, Compfight and well as the Flickr searching option. (I have posted about how to use all of these previously). We also used Google to find images with CC licences.
Note: You have the option of using the ImageCodr to search for images also.
Once you have found an image in flickr you only need to copy the URL of the image and then insert this into the Get Code page at ImageCodr.
After pasting in the flickr code you hit the Submit Query button and in no time ImageCodr brings up a screen that gives you everything you need to embed the image. You have:
- Information about the Creative Commons Licence attached to the image.
- Options to select the image size you would like to embed and when you have done this.
- A HTML code, that includes all of the attribution details attached to the image, will then be generated.
- Lastly you can see what the image and the attribution will look like.
The code can be copied and inserted into the webspace.It did not work for this blog, wordpress.com does not like the code but it worked beautifully when I wanted to added images to the Shakespeare wiki I have been working on. I am sure that there will be an answer to this but I haven’t investigated it yet.
Even if you can’t paste the HTML code into something easily the information is very useful. The CC licences are very simply and clearly stated to help you understand them. You can then use that information to decide how best you can use it, even if you have to add the image in a more arduous way.
We all know that many of our students use Wikipedia,which may be developing into the world’s most extensive encyclopedias, as people continue to build on the information it contains. It does sometimes lack visual content, ie. pictures and more often videos, to assist with the written explanations. This can, at times, place a limit on its informative value.
To use Navify:
Go to the Navify site and do a standard Wikipedia search (no log in required) by simply entering your search term, just as you would in any search. The results will be returned in a tabbed form displaying:
- Wikipedia article
- related images and
- related videos.
The images tab offers photos added by Wikipedia (or Navify users) and those automatically discovered on Flickr. It is very new at the moment but, as more users come on board, I can see this becoming a great source for relevant and useful images.
The videos tab works exactly the same way except that it finds related videos from YouTube.
Commenting on articles is also allowed. Navify is also supporting these comments using Disqus, so you will be able to read what people are saying about the Navify article pages.
The service is also planning on offering a music player so that users can listen to full related songs and audio content. So far I have found with my searching that Navify enhances the Wikipediaoption. It is still developing but has potential to become much greater. There seems to be no end to what tools people are thinking up to try and create better searching options. They won’t all survive and it will be the users who decide, in many cases. It is a very interesting time for those of us interested in information searching.
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School is back and after a curriculum day yesterday we are right back into the classroom work today.
I have been looking at some new image tools. I have found a few simple little tools that allow you (or your students) to find or have a bit of fun with.
1. Stretch your face is a site that allows you to make some comic pictures by simply distorting them with a stretch effect.
It is very simple and straightforward to use. All you need to do is upload a photograph (the maximum size is 2 MB) and then distort the picture on-line by using your mouse.
When you are satisfied you can download the file and share it with friends, via your social networks, or embed it on your blog.
This is great for those who are not artists/good at drawing but want to create some simple comic images.
The second is another Google image tool, Similar images.
This is a new Google feature that is still experimental. The Similar Images feature in Google Labs offers a new way to refine image searches by narrowing down your results based on images that are very similar to what you are searching for.
It works like the Google Image Search, with the exception of a new Similar Images link that appears below each result (as long as similar images exist – but of course the chances of finding similar images is good because Google is so huge and searches hundreds of millions of images). When you click it, you will find results that resemble the original. This may mean that you will be provided with the same object but from different angles. Some searches may bring up the same image might be found, if it exists on different sites.
There is of course a “how-to” video available on YouTube to explain Google’s similar Image search.
I am still playing around with this but I like finding different perspectives of an object and will be showing it to the Visual Art teachers.
This week I have been talking to classes about the crime genre. I have also worked on creating some on-line resources for the staff and students for this and helping another staff member illustrate a digital book on some English poetry/ballads. I have been looking for pictures/images to add to the resource and so have used usual suspects to find them; Flickr Storm, FlickrCC and Compfight. I also found a new site for free, high-quality, digital images named Photl.com. Still in beta form, it offers images that you can use as a whole or as fragments. There is a daily downloading limit of 45MB and you can also search a for a colour after you have typed in a keyword.
When you find a picture, click on it and you are given the link. Go to this link, choose the size of the image (small, med or large) to download and then save it. An example of a “water” image downloaded is below.
I have also been looking for artworks that contain religious symbol and came across the vitual tours of the Louvre. Many years ago I visited Paris and took a real tour but this is a fairly good substitute, especially for students who are studying art, art history or even history as the artworks show a lot of historical information.
I went to the eye-openers tab and had a look at the 3D options.
A New-Style Museum Visit-in 3D. A new multimedia feature on Louvre.fr presents artworks in an imagined or reconstructed 3D space. Visit these virtual “galleries” for a whole new look at works of art.
There are a lot of nice options on the site. Actually I spent time on the site because I simply just enjoyed it!
Shahi is another amazing tool that uses Flickr images (although you also have the option of choosing from Google or Yahoo). I found out about it from a shared bookmark, by shared by Carla Arena, in one of the Diigo groups I belong to.
What a great idea it is to combine the definition/s of a word with images pulled from Flickr. Shahi is so simple to use and the multiple images that accompany the definitions are really interesting and often very emotive.
You can go beyond simply using it to help students understand the definitions of a word, I can see Shahi being used to help with ideas for creative creative writing purposes. Typing in the words “love” and “sorrow” bring up the following images.
The images for the concepts of love and sorrow are interesting and could be discussed by students who could then try to find their own images to represent a feeling.
When you click on an image you like, an enlarged version pops-up. You can then follow it back, to the person responsible for that photo, to see what else they may have to offer. However also be aware that the images are not censored and the whole Flickr library is available.