Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Creative Commons Animal Photos

Animal Photos is a great source of Creative Commons licensed photos of animals. All of the photos are categorized by animal. Each image indicates the type of Creative Commons license associated with the picture. Animal Photos also offers advice on giving attribution for each photo.
Picture Source: doviende
and Animal Photos!

Applications for Education
Animal Photos could be useful for students creating digital presentations for science classes or for any situation requiring an image of an animal.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource
Compfight - Creative Commons Image Search

180 Technology Tips

180 Technology Tips is a series of 180 five minute tutorials on software, hardware, and Internet resources. You can subscribe to 180 Technology Tips to receive one tip per day from September through June. If you don't want to subscribe you can just search the index of published tips to find what you need. The tips are categorized as software, hardware, or Internet. The software tips are based on Microsoft programs.

Applications for Education
180 Technology Tips could be a good reference for people in charge of teaching teachers about software, hardware, and Internet resources.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The World Wide Web in Plain English
Internet Search Strategies Explained
Computer Hardware in Plain English

A Fantastic List of Education Blogs

If you're looking for some good education blogs to add to your RSS reader, Online University Reviews has just published a list of 100 Most Inspiring and Innovative Blogs for Educators. Some of my favorite blogs are included on this list. There doesn't appear to be a comments section at the end of the list so if you know of a blog or you write a blog that you think should be included on the list, please leave a comment. (Note to spammers, education blogs only). A few that I would add to the list are Dangerously Irrelevant, iLearn Technology, and It's Not All Flowers and Sausages.

Video Introduction to Understanding Fair Use

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post about Wesley Fryer's presentation Copyright for Educators. If you haven't seen the presentation, I highly recommend viewing it. While Mr. Fryer's presentation is great, it is an hour long and probably a little bit more than you can or need to share to with students that are just beginning to learn about copyright. That's where this excellent video from the Temple Media Education Lab comes in handy. This three minute music video provides a good introduction to fair use.

Applications for Education
This video is good for introducing students and colleagues to the basics of copyright and fair use. The Temple Media Lab provides an excellent collection of case studies, FAQs, and lesson plans for teaching about fair use of copyrighted materials in education.

Here are some related blog posts that may be of interest to you:
The End to Copyright Confusion
Creative Commons Explanations and Teaching Materials
The Story of the Obama "Hope" Poster

Create and Send a Free Mother's Day Video e-Card

Mother's Day (in the US at least) is just four days away. If you're considering having your students make Mother's Day cards, consider having them make video Mother's Day cards by using Animoto. If you have access to a scanner, students can bring in photos to scan. If you don't have access to a scanner, you can have students create drawings online (there are five good tools here) and use those drawings in their videos. Here is a sample Mother's Day video card created by Animoto. By the way, I'm making one for my mother (I'll be buying flowers too, I'm not that cheap).

Here is a related blog post that may be of interest to you:
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto

U-2 Spy Plane in Google Earth

Many US History teachers across the country are now entering the last part of the school year. This means that students are learning or will soon be learning about the Cold War. One of the significant events that students are likely to study is the U-2 spy plane incident. Yesterday, the Google Earth Blog shared a link to a Google Earth file about the U-2 spy plane incident. In this file you can learn about the life of Francis Gary Powers and the incident.

Applications for Education
I'm a big fan of using Google Earth and Google Maps to provide students with a geographic context for history lessons. The advantage of Google Earth over a static, paper map is that students can explore the map on their own and see more detail than they could with paper map.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Science and Technology of WWII
Nearly 400 Google Earth Files for History Teachers
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed