Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Put an Image Editor in Your Website

Aviary, a free image editing and sound editing service that I've featured on Free Technology for Teachers a number of times in the past, recently launched a free image editing tool that you can put into your own website. Aviary's HTML5 Photo Editor can be embedded into your own website.

After learning about the Aviary HTML5 editor from Larry Ferlazzo, I gave it a quick test. While I was able to get to operate correctly in demonstration mode, I couldn't quite get it right on my blog. I'm sure that's a result of something I'm doing incorrectly rather than an issue with Aviary. I'll continue tweaking it and post proper directions when I get it right. In the meantime, you can see what my demo looked like below.

Applications for Education
Aviary's new HTML5 Photo Editor could be a great resource to add to a school or classroom website. Students could edit their images on the same site that they frequent for assignments and information about their classes.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
GooEdit - Image Editing in Google Chrome
7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-friendly Images

Create Drawings Online With Crayola

Walk into almost any elementary school classroom and Crayola products are there. For decades Crayola products have been used by children to make all kinds of art work. Now Crayola products can be used online too. There are two free online products from Crayola that I'd like to highlight for you.

Crayola's online drawing canvas provides students with a blank canvas on which they can draw using virtual markers, crayons, pencils, and paints. Drawings cannot be saved online, but they can be printed.

Pre-K Teachers looking for coloring pages can create their own or have students create their own using Crayola's Create & Color tool. Create & Color provides templates for creating custom coloring pages. You can pick a background template and modify it by adding speech bubbles and pictures. Coloring pages cannot be saved online, but they can be printed.

Thanks to Shannon Miller for sharing the link to Crayola's online drawing tools.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Strip Generator - Drag & Drop Comic Creation
Cloud Canvas - Edit and Create Images Online
Formats for Visual Thinking in the Classroom

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings

Image Credit: WishUponaCupcake
Yesterday, the National Archives' featured document was George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation. Exploring the additional links on yesterday's National Archives post led me to a story and collection of documents on the FDR Presidential Library titled The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings.

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings tells the story of Thanksgiving 1939. In 1939 Thanksgiving was going to fall on the last day of November which caused merchants to be worried about a shortened shopping season. In response to this concern President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be moved up one week. Some states chose to ignore this proclamation and celebrate Thanksgiving on the last day of the month anyway. The conflict was finally resolved in 1941 when Congress passed a law stating that Thanksgiving would always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Applications for Education
The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings is supported by ten primary source documents. Included in those documents are letters from merchants appealing to FDR to change the day of Thanksgiving and letters opposing the change. You could distribute a different document to groups of students and have them defend a choice of either moving Thanksgiving up a week or leaving it on the last day of the month.