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BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge #10!

Continuing with the theme of creativity, today’s challenge is to try out a very cool alternative to PowerPoint, Animoto.

BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge #10 on 12seconds.tv
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Animoto lets users create videos that incorporate images, music, and text into a very slick, professional-looking product. This would be a great tool to allow students to present information on just about any topic, and the product would be very engaging. Videos can be embedded in blogs or wikis or downloaded to view on your computer or portable media player, such as an iPod. You could even upload the presentations to a podcast hosting site. The video below (click if video is not displaying) is an example that I made in just a short time, using family pictures and music from the Animoto music library (no copyright issues–yea!). Imagine how much more engaging and relevant a presentation on a topic such as fossils or presidents might be when done using Animoto. Heck, even a vocabulary list could become exciting!

As always, be sure to share a link to your finished products, and be sure to share any thoughts you have for using this with your students!

Thank You, Picnik! Free is Good!

Focal B & WOne of my personal favorite online photo editing tools, Picnik, is now giving away its premium features, such as advanced editing tools and special image effects (which it teased users with in a free preview period last year). They have added some advertising, but it is very unobtrusive. This site, which is incorporated into Flickr, offers a very user-friendly interface, perfect for allowing students to do professional looking creative editing of their photos. The image to the right is an example of one such tool, called Focal B&W.

(Note: When I attempted to access Picnik through Flickr, the premium features were still listed as just that–premium. However, when I went through Picnik to access my Flickr images, the newly free features were accessible. I’m sure this will be updated soon. It should also be noted that a Flickr account is not required to use Picnik.)

Thanks, again, to Techcrunch for the heads-up!

Flickr Library of Congress Collection

Woman Aircraft WorkerThe Library of Congress has added a collection of its photos to picture-hosting site Flickr. The collection currently includes over 3,000 images, categorized as “1930s-1940s in Color” and “News in the 1910s“. Visitors are encouraged to tag images or leave comments that will help categorize the pictures. According to ReadWriteWeb, the permanence of the collection will be determined by the amount of traffic, so pay a visit. Then maybe the LOC will see fit to add more of their vast treasure of fantastic historical images.

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