Showing posts with label Alan Levine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alan Levine. Show all posts

Monday, May 11, 2015

Story Prompts - 20 Random(ish) Pictures at a Time

My dog, Morrison, smiling
in a canoe.
Pechaflickr is a neat little tool built by Alan Levine. Pechaflickr displays twenty random images pulled from Flickr based on a tag (keyword) that you enter. For example, enter the word dog and twenty pictures of dogs will appear. But all of the the images don't appear at once. Instead each one appears for only twenty seconds. Alan built the tool as a fun way to get people to try their skills at giving impromptu presentations. But as he wrote in a recent blog post, people are using it in other ways like learning a second language.

Applications for Education
As I tested Pechaflickr I started to think about using it as a source of story starters for students. Enter a tag into Pechaflickr and as each image appears have students try to write down the first word or sentence that comes to mind. At the end of the set of images students can pick their favorite images to write about in their stories.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Many Ways to Create and Share Digital Stories

Earlier today I read Alan Levine's blog post Always Be Attributing. In that post he referenced a resource that anyone with an interest in digital storytelling should bookmark. 50 Web Ways to Tell a Story is a wiki of tools for creating digital stories. On the wiki you will find pages of tools arranged by output type (slides, audio, collage, video) and a page of tools that offer features for teachers (student account management).

Applications for Education
50 Web Ways to Tell a Story is more than just a list of tools. The wiki includes a page about developing story ideas. The Story Ideas page offers excellent story starter suggestions that can be used in almost any classroom setting.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Updated Flickr CC Attribution Tool

Alan Levine created a great tool for formatting Creative Commons attributions for Flickr images. That tool is called the Flickr CC Attribution Helper. In August I published a short tutorial on how to use it. This week Alan published a small update to the Flickr CC Attribution Helper. The update added a link to the CC license type along with the link to the image source.

This update doesn't change the way that the Flickr CC Attribution Helper works. If you already have it installed in your browser, you won't have to change a thing. Alan explains it all here.

For more information about Creative Commons licensing, check out this visual guide.

Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Find and Credit Creative Commons Images from Flickr

Flickr can be a good place to find Creative Commons licensed images to use in blog posts, slides, and other multimedia presentations. The Flickr CC Attribution Helper makes it easy to format proper attributions for the CC licensed images that you use. In the video below I demonstrate how to find images and how to use the Flickr CC Attribution Helper.

creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by dawnhops:

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Handy New Tool for Giving Proper Attribution When Using Flickr Images

A couple of years ago Alan Levine published a Chrome extension that correctly formatted the attribution of Creative Commons licensed images found on Flickr. Unfortunately, the latest update to Flickr's user interface broke that extension. Not to be kept down by Flickr, Alan has released a new browser bookmarklet for quickly formatting Creative Commons licensed images found on Flickr. Click here to read Alan's explanation of the process he used to create this handy new tool. I encourage you to read the explanation of how it was created, but if you just want to jump to the Flickr CC Attribution Helper it can be found here.

To use the Flickr CC Attribution Helper drag the bookmarklet to your browser's bookmarks bar. (If you're using Chrome, you may have to go into the settings and select "always show bookmarks bar" before dragging the bookmarklet into your browser). Then whenever you're viewing an image on Flickr you can click the bookmarklet to get a pop-up window (make sure your browser allows pop-ups) containing the properly formatting attribution information.

Applications for Education
Besides offering a great way to make sure that your students are giving proper attribution for images they find on Flickr, the Flickr CC Attribution Helper will tell students if an image is not a Creative Commons licensed work. See my screenshots below for a visual explanation of this feature.