Saturday, June 28, 2008

Amazing Photo Tools

I just spent the better part of today playing with a new website called TagGalaxy. It is a wonderful display of photos tagged on Flickr. I realized that I could create a unique tag for my own photos and see a interesting display with this tool. If you type in Indianabloom in the tag name you can see the images I have taken over the past two years. I can see plenty of applications in an art room. I can't wait to share this with my students in the fall. A great application of this web tool would be to allow your students to select a specific photo and tell a story about it. I plan to post artwork on Flickr to display for the school this year. TagGalaxy is a great application to display artwork publicly.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Vocabulary Images

One of my friends pointed me to another new web site that is incredible if you love words and images. I hope you will check out this site for creating simple images of vital vocabulary. I know my students will see this site quite often in the coming months. What a great way to share new vocabulary in an interesting and visual approach. The tool menu is quite easy to use and you could print out the image if you need to place it in the hands of your students. I love this Web 2.0 tool.
Check out the other image I created with our 3, 2, 1 exercise from the summer institute. I asked the participants to jot down 3 emotions felt when hearing the word "technology", 2 utilities that they wanted to learn, and 1 application that they felt comfortable teaching their students. This is the list of our community spirit about technology.