We all know of the power of images. They bring forth human emotions stronger than mere words. It’s part of the reason why so many use cameras and images so effectively in the classroom.
One of my favourite applications that use the power of images so strongly is PicLits. Using it is pretty easy – just click on an image from the gallery, and in one mode just drag and drop nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. onto the image to tell the story behind the image. In the freestyle mode, you have the ability to write your story in a little text editor. The program can be very effective for use in the classroom.
Watching students motivated by the image has convince me that this application is a real “keeper” for primary and some junior classes.
I’ve been looking for a similar way to inspire research and writing in older students. The game changes there and you can make things more authentic by providing real-world problems and situations for deeper comment and proposals for solution. This morning, I ran into an absolutely incredible website for setting the stage to some thoughtful writing.
Amusing Planet wrote a book review with some imagery that is absolutely powerful. The book is entitled “Where Children Sleep“. It’s a collection of images and short stores from students around the world. The common denominator in all of this is that a picture of each of the children’s “bedroom” is shown along with a short biography of each child.
When you read the stories behind each of the children, you can’t help but get a sense as to what life must be like in each of their realities. I can’t help but think that this readings would serve to inspire some insightful research and writing by students old enough to understand things. Even an activity where you choose two of the children and compare their realities would serve as a starter that would undoubtedly inspire the students to read and try to understand all of students in the article.
Beyond that, I would think that copies of this book should find a welcome home in school libraries everywhere.
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I need one of these to keep the dog honest.
Tadvise – Tweet Advise
Wondering to tweet or not? retweet or not? Tadvise can help you! Tadvise is an advisor and assistant for Twitter. It analyses your followers and also the followers of your followers and reports you if the tweet that you are going to send is interesting (or relevant) for them or not.
Summify – Summary of Your Social News Feeds!
Summify is a service that creates a periodic summary of the most relevant news stories, from all of your social networks, and delivers it by email and on the web.
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Enter text and have it spelled using Flickr images
Guess the Title: Quick wits and fast fingers are the keys to this game.
Choose a handle and start guessing! The quicker you guess the title, the more points you earn. Play against real people from around the world. All titles only contain the letters A through Z and spaces (no numbers, no punctuation, and capitalization is not considered). Have fun!
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Play “Concentration” using Flickr images
TagMan | Flickr version
Guess a tag and see related images on Flickr
Simple little pacman like game with Flickr images
StickyScreen – Jack Cheng
My new mini-project takes the note off the edge of your monitor and puts it smack dab in the middle. The idea is to set StickyScreen as your homepage so that your ‘note to self’ shows up whenever you open a new tab or browser window.
ContentGenerator.net – create your own Educational Flash games
Our programs allow anyone to generate their own e-Learning quizzes, games and applications through our custom software – no coding required.
Free Anti-Virus, from Microsoft, I use the Microsoft Security Essentials for my home computers! – Communications from a Grumpy Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
Free Anti-Virus, from Microsoft, I use the Microsoft Security Essentials for my home computers!
Socialping Home / Socialping Twitter Monitoring
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Where Children Sleep | Amusing Planet
American journalist Chris Booth and photographer James Mollison toured the world and took photos of children’s’ bedrooms and compiled them into a book Where Children Sleep. The differences between the sleeping spaces of children from different regions is striking. “I hope this book will help children think about inequality, within and between societies around the world,” says Mollison in his introduction, “and perhaps start to figure out how, in their own lives, they may respond.”
Around 30% of world’s food is wasted: report
Before reaching consumers, around 30 percent of food may be lost or wasted, a recent British government report revealed.
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