Showing posts with label Digital Images. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digital Images. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Try the TinEye Browser Extension for Quick Image Searches

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. What that means is that instead of searching for images by keyword like you would on Yahoo Images you search for images by uploading an image or linking to an image. For example, if I have a picture of my dog and want to find more pictures of dogs like him, I simply upload a picture of my dog to TinEye and TinEye will search for images like mine.

TinEye offers browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera. With the extension installed you can simply right click on any image and select "search image on TinEye" to quickly conduct an image search.

Applications for Education
TinEye's browser extensions could be very helpful for students to quickly locate images to use in presentations. As I wrote a couple of years ago, TinEye itself could be useful for teaching students to be aware of their digital footprints. You could use TinEye to show them that an image they upload to a social network could get reused in multiple places.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Image*After - More Than 27,000 Free Images

Image Source
Image*After is a repository of more than 27,000 free stock images and textures that can be downloaded and reused for noncommercial and commercial uses. The images and textures in the galleries have been donated by amateur photographers and artists. You can search Image*After by image category, image size, and base color. When you find an image you like you can either download it directly to your computer or clip it to a temporary online account while you browse for more images.

Applications for Education
Image*After could be a good resource to have bookmarked for the next time your students start developing multimedia projects.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Best of 2011 So Far - Zoom.it

Now that my school year is over I'm taking a short fly fishing vacation. The posts for the rest of the week highlight my favorite resources of 2011 so far.

Zoom.it is a neat application for displaying large images in blogs, wikis, and websites. Zoom.it creates a display of your images in a format that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll around a large image. To use Zoom.it your image does need to be hosted online somewhere (Flickr and Picasa work fine). Then to create your zoomable image just copy the url of your hosted image and paste it into Zoom.it. You can then share your image by giving people the direct link to it or embedding the image into your blog or website. Check out my zoomable image below.


Applications for Education
Zoom.it could be a useful tool for displaying large images that students have captured with a camera or created by hand in an art class. If students are doing work with textures and you want to be able to displayed their textured work online, a high resolution image is necessary. Unfortunately, large high resolution images are hard to display on most blog, wiki, and website pages. Putting that high resolution image into Zoom.it will make it possible to see the textured details of a high resolution image.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Imageoid - A Simple Image Effects Editor

Imageoid is a free, simple service for adding a variety of effects to your images. To use Imageoid you just upload an image from your computer then choose the effect(s) you want to apply to it. You can combine effects if you like. If you don't like the way your image looks with a chosen effect, just click "reset" to start again. Imageoid can also be used to resize your image. Imageoid offers twenty-two effects that you can apply to your image. Below you can see the before and after of one of my images.

The original image.

The same image with the "invert" effect applied to it.

Applications for Education
Imageoid could be a good little tool for students who need or want to alter their images before including them in a multimedia project.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Zoom.it - Display Large Images in Small Spaces

Zoom.it is a neat application for displaying large images in blogs, wikis, and websites. Zoom.it creates a display of your images in a format that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll around a large image. To use Zoom.it your image does need to be hosted online somewhere (Flickr and Picasa work fine). Then to create your zoomable image just copy the url of your hosted image and paste it into Zoom.it. You can then share your image by giving people the direct link to it or embedding the image into your blog or website. Check out my zoomable image below.


Applications for Education
Zoom.it could be a useful tool for displaying large images that students have captured with a camera or created by hand in an art class. If students are doing work with textures and you want to be able to displayed their textured work online, a high resolution image is necessary. Unfortunately, large high resolution images are hard to display on most blog, wiki, and website pages. Putting that high resolution image into Zoom.it will make it possible to see the textured details of a high resolution image.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-friendly Images

Yesterday, I published a post about NASA contributing images to Flickr's Commons collection. The Commons is a great place to find images that are free of copyright restrictions. But, if The Commons doesn't have what you or your students need for a multimedia project, here are seven other places you can try your search.

Morgue File provides free photos with license to remix. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating. Morgue File is more than just a source for free images. The Morgue File also features a "classroom" where visitors can learn photography techniques and get tips about image editing.

William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource provides free photographs and drawings for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. Mr. Vann is an amateur photograph (a good one at that) and a teacher. Mr. Vann gives permission to teachers and students to use the images in any manner needed for instructional and learning purposes.
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.

The World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State University offers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects. All of the images can be used under a Creative Commons license that requires you to give proper attribution when necessary. You can find images by using the search box or you can browse through more than 800 portfolios and groups organized by subject.

Photos 8 is a great place to find thousands of images that are in the public domain. These images can be used in any way that you and your students see fit. There are twenty-two categories of images of which the largest collections are of animals, birds, and sunsets.


To find images that can be reused and remixed use Google's Advanced Image search options. To use the usage rights filter option, select "advanced image search" on the main Google Images page. Once in the "advanced image search" page, you will find the usage rights options at the bottom of the page. In the usage rights menu you can select one of four options; "labeled for reuse," "labeled for commercial reuse," "labeled for reuse with modification," or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification."

Yahoo Images has an option similar to Google's for finding Creative Commons licensed images. When you search for images using Yahoo's image search tool, you can select filters to refine results to show only images that are licensed under Creative Commons. The filters allow you to select filters for images that can be used for commercial purposes or images that are licensed for remixing and building upon.
Bonus: Public Domain Video Clips

FedFlix, hosted by the Internet Archive, is a collection of nearly 2000 films produced by the US government during the 20th Century. The topics of these films range from presidential speeches to agricultural practices to public health and safety. Some films are instructional in nature, for example there is a film for police officers on how to arrest someone. Other films are more informative in nature and some films are flat-out propaganda films. All of the FedFlix films are in the public domain so feel free to reuse and remix them as you and your students desire. The films can be downloaded or viewed online. Films can also be embedded into your blog or website.
Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Comprehensive Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright
Creative Thinking - Lessons About Copyright
Copyright for Educators

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Designs for Democracy

Designs for Democracy is an online exhibit created by the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit features drawings, sketches, and pictures that demonstrate the creativity and ingenuity of Americans through history. The exhibit is divided into three sections tracing the development of the United States from its early beginnings through the 20th Century. Each of the three sections contains images in the categories of symbolism, improvements, science and technology, and artistic expression.

Applications for Education
Designs for Democracy
is a good place to find images that can be used as the basis for classroom conversations or VoiceThread projects. For example, you could use the drawings from a sewing machine patent application to start a conversation about the Industrial Revolution.

Monday, July 13, 2009

We Choose the Moon - Apollo 11 40th Anniversary

We Choose the Moon, featured earlier today on Mashable, is a site commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The site is a project put together by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

We Choose the Moon has eleven stages that viewers will follow as the mission progresses. If you visit the site right now, Stage One is the only active stage because the mission hasn't yet launched. On July 16th, Stage Two will be active and all other stages will become active in the same sequence as on the original mission forty years ago.

If you visit We Choose the Moon anytime between now and July 16th you can explore image and video galleries capturing the sights and sounds of the lead-up to the launch. Included in these galleries are videos of President Kennedy talking about the goal of putting a man on the moon.

Applications for Education
We Choose the Moon is a great website for students to explore in a history class or in any science class that addresses space exploration.

An excellent companion to We Choose the Moon, Moon Landing Memories, was posted in the comments on Mashable's article about We Choose the Moon.

Friday, July 10, 2009

View At - The World in Panoramic

Virtual tours and panoramic views can be a great way to move geography lessons beyond simple "studying a map" exercises. View At provides panoramic views of dozens of notable places from around the world. The panoramic views can be viewed on the View At website or viewed in Google Earth. Although they offer different views, in many ways View At is similar to the 360 Cities panoramic views.

Applications for Education
View At, like 360 Cities, could be a good tool for supplementing geography, history, and culture lessons. Students can individually explore the images in a way that is not possible with textbook photographs.

Here is a related resource that may be of interest to you:
360 Degree View from the Peak of Mt. Everest

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Google Adds License Filter to Image Search

For better or worse, Google Images is the first place that a lot of people go to find images. The problem with this until now has been that you could not easily filter results by licensing rights. Today, Google introduced a new image search filter that will allow you to filter image search results by usage rights. To use the new usage rights filter option, select "advanced image search" on the main Google Images page. Once in the "advanced image search" page, you will find the usage rights options at the bottom of the page. In the usage rights menu you can select one of four options; "labeled for reuse," "labeled for commercial reuse," "labeled for reuse with modification," or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification."








Applications for Education
The new usage rights filter for Google Image search is a great feature to introduce to your students. The filtering options are written in such a way that it is very clear which images students can or cannot use in the creation of their digital presentations.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The World Images Kiosk - 75,000 Images

The World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State University offers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects. All of the images can be used under a Creative Commons license that requires you to give proper attribution when necessary. You can find images by using the search box or you can browse through more than 800 portfolios and groups organized by subject.

Applications for Education
Finding images that your students can use for their digital presentations can be difficult. A resource like the World Images Kiosk can be a valuable resource as you will know that they can use any image they find in the collection. The images could be used to start a VoiceThread conversation, used in an Animoto video, or used in slide presentation.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images
Creative Commons Animal Photos
Copyright for Educators

Monday, June 15, 2009

Psykopaint - Free Image Editor

Psykopaint is a new image editing tool that uses the color schemes in your existing images to provide you with a custom palate of colors for touching-up your images. You can also use Psykopaint to draw on an image.

To use Psykopaint just upload an image (their doesn't seem to be a size restriction) and begin editing. You can adjust the color saturation of an image, blur the edges of your image or the objects within your images. Psykopaint provides a good selection of brushes and color blending tools to get your image looking exactly the way you want it to look.

Applications for Education
Psykopaint is an easy-to-use tool that students can use touch-up and alter their digital photographs. Psykopaint might be useful for teaching students about blending colors and altering saturation levels.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
LIFE - Your World In Pictures
Photovisi - Simple, Quick Collage Builder
Photoshop Express

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Picturing the Century - Lesson Plans and Worksheets

Picturing the Century is an online photo exhibit created by and hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit contains six galleries of images from 20th Century life in the United States. NARA provides teachers with six lesson plans including a printable worksheet for using the Picturing the Century images in their classrooms.

Applications for Education
The lesson plans provided by NARA to accompany Picturing the Century are written in a manner that they can be adapted for use in classrooms from elementary school through high school.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Lesson Plans and More for US History Teachers
Lesson Plans from the US Department of State
The Farm Letters - Stories of Great Depression Life

Monday, May 25, 2009

MyPicsMap - View Flickr Images on a Map

My Pics Map is a mashup of Flickr and Google Maps. My Pics Map allows you to quickly display your own Flickr collection on a map. You can also view on a map the Flickr collections of other users simply by entering their user names. If you don't have any Flickr images your own or you don't know of any Flickr users whose collections you'd like to view, simply click on explore and zoom in on an area to view images for that area.










Applications for Education
My Pics Map could be used by students to discover images related to cities, countries, and regions that they're studying. Students that go field trips and overseas study tours can use My Pics Map to share and provide geographic context of their pictures.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Creative Commons Animal Photos
Find Flickr Images by Tag or Location
Life Photo Archive Hosted by Google

Remarkable Images of Protest

As I've mentioned in the past, Environmental Graffiti is an excellent place to find photo essays to share in an Environmental Science classroom. Today, Environmental Graffiti posted a photo essay that could be a great discussion starter in a social studies classroom. Remarkable Images of Activism from the Last Fifty Years features photographs, with captions, of protests from Tienanmen Square, protests of the 1999 WTO Conference in Seattle, and Anti Iraq War protests.

Applications for Education
This collection of images could be used as conversation starters when introducing the events pictured. The collection could also be used to start discussions about protests in general.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Fibonacci Sequence Illustrated by Nature
The First 100 Days in Pictures
The Inauguration in 60 Seconds

Thursday, May 21, 2009

10 Free Royalty-Free Stock Photos per Day

PhotoXpress, featured on TechCrunch earlier today, is a new source of free royalty-free stock images. In order to download the images without watermarks you must register for a free account with PhotoXpress. Once you have registered and completed your profile you can download up to ten images per day. The PhotoXpress collection currently contains nearly 350,000 images with many more being added daily.

Applications for Education
PhotoXpress is a good resource to add to your list of places for students to find free images for their digital presentations.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resources
Morgue File - Odd Name, Good Free Photos

Monday, May 18, 2009

Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images

Photos 8 is a great place to find thousands of images that are in the public domain. These images can be used in any way that you and your students see fit. There are twenty-two categories of images of which the largest collections are of animals, birds, and sunsets.

I learned about Photos 8 through a great blog post on Making Teachers Nerdy. I encourage you to read that blog post for more public domain image resources.

Applications for Education
Other than using images of your own creation, using images in the public domain is best way to create a digital presentation. Using images in the public domain means that you don't have to worry about what is or isn't fair use or do you have to Creative Commons attributions.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Creative Commons Animal Photos
Video Introduction to Understanding Fair Use
Copyright for Educators

Monday, April 20, 2009

Find Better Images - Google Similar Images Search

Google released two new products today. Earlier I shared the Google News Timeline which will be a great tool for history teachers. Now I would like to make sure that everyone knows about Google Similar Images search.

Google Similar Images search helps you to refine image searches to find the images you really want to see. Google Similar Images search does this by placing a "similar images" link under every image in your search results page. Clicking the "similar images" link will reveal more images that match the category of your original image. For example, if I search for images of "George Washington" I'm likely to see images of paintings of George Washington, statues of George Washington, the George Washington Bridge, and the Washington Monument. If all I want to see is images of statues of George Washington I can click the similar images link below one of those images and all that I'll see is more images of George Washington statues. The video embedded below explains the service better than I just did.



Applications for Education
I'm a big fan of any tool that helps students refine Internet searches. Refinement tools help students find relevant resources more quickly than might otherwise find the same resources. If your students have a limited amount of time to access the Internet, search tools like Google Similar Images can help them get the maximum benefit of their time online.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
LIFE - Your World in Pictures
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource
Morgue File - Odd Name, Good Free Photos

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

LIFE - Your World in Pictures

I originally wrote about the LIFE collection of images last fall before the site went live. The LIFE website is now live and offering great visual resources appropriate for wide variety of classroom uses. The LIFE pictures website is a the result of a combined effort by LIFE and Getty Images to create a fantastic collection of nearly seven million high quality images. There are five categories and many subcategories of images. The five main categories are News, Celebrity, Travel, Animals, and Sports.

The homepage of LIFE offers slideshows of popular photographs from each of the five photograph categories. The news slideshow offers images of current news as well as "this day in history" images.

Applications for Education
The LIFE collection of images is a great resource for anyone that teaches history and or culture of the 20th century. As a history teacher, I have found that my students remember events better when they can see images of that event. The images could also be used as story starters for a writing assignment.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource
Morgue File - Good Free Images
Find Flickr Images by Location with Where? What? When?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource

William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource provides free photographs and drawings for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. Mr. Vann is an amateur photograph (a good one at that) and a teacher. Mr. Vann gives permission to teachers and students to use the images in any manner needed for instructional and learning purposes.

The design of the EduPic Graphical Resource makes it easy to quickly find the image you need. The science category contains particularly good photos and drawings.

Applications for Education
Finding copyright free images can sometimes be challenging for teachers and students. William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource is a great resource for students to use when they are creating digital presentations because Mr. Vann has removed that restriction for teachers and students.

Here are a couple of related resources that may be of interest to you:
Free Music and Pictures for Schools
Morgue File - Odd Name, Good Free Photos

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