One Tool at a Time: Build Your Toolbelt is a monthly webinar series brought to you by ISTE’s SIGMS and SIGILT. Each webinar will last 30 minutes and will focus on a particular tool. Classroom integration strategies will be highlighted and there will be time for discussion.
Tuesday, December 9, 2010
Description: Come learn some fun ways to use Flickr to support teaching and learning. Flickr has some great tools that allow you to select and share content with students. Participants will learn how to create Flickr Galleries, slide shows, and Geo-tag their photos. Margaret is currently an Instructional Technology Specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, developing and delivering professional development to support effective instructional strategies that integrate technology in the school library media center and classrooms. Margaret has been both a school library media specialist and an elementary classroom teacher. We will be using the Learn Central Host Your Own Webinar room.
How to connect: http://tinyurl.com/lcparticipant
If you are a registered user on Flickr, please consider adding your GLMA related photos to our new Flickr photo pool! Just tag your photos with the glma tag, join our group, and then add your photos to the pool. This photo pool will allow us to collect a diverse range of pictures from GLMA sponsored events, so please consider adding your contributions to the group!
Headline: Train Wreck in Washington, DC, December 30, 1906
The Library of Congress has partnered with the National Endowment of the Humanities to develop a web-based searchable database of historic newspapers.
The Chronicling America web site provides free access to more than a million pages of historic newspapers from 11 states, published between 1880 and 1922.
Topics widely covered in the American press of the time include comic strips, Bloomer Girls (women’s baseball), Ellis Island, Jack the Ripper, the race to the North Pole, the San Francisco earthquake, and more! To find out when new things are added, sign up for Chronicling America’s weekly notification service.
In 2008, the Library of Congress began offering historical photograph collections through Flickr in order to share some of our most popular images with a new visual community. Now, its Flickr collections include illustrated and visual content from historic American newspapers. To view the photos on Flickr, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/collections/ and select the Historic Newspapers collection. You do not need a Flickr account to view the images.
I recently read a post in Doug Johnson’s eloquent Blue Skunk Blog about cloud computing that started me thinking more about this topic. Are you cloud computing? You’re probably doing some form of cloud computing without even realizing it. There are many different definitions of cloud computing, so whether you are cloud computing depends on who you ask. I like Doug’s definition, which is using the Internet for applications and file storage while using nothing on one’s own computer hard drive except a web browser. Ahhh…the freedom…like floating on a cloud. But I’m a little bit of a coward. Are my files really secure when I save them on the web? Really, really secure? For example, when I send messages via Gmail, I have noticed that Gmail’s sponsored links reflect topics I’m discussing in my email. Are they also scanning my Google docs or files I’m emailing to myself as part of my cloud computing start-up agenda? Suppose my docs contain details of an invention I’m trying to patent, and someone at Google steals my ideas? Call me paranoid, but cloud computing does involve an element of trust. But if you are a trusting soul, here are some baby step apps you may want to try:
First, for file sharing, and online saving, in addition to Google Docs, consider box.net and drop.io. These are great to recommend to your students who do not use flash drives to store their information, or who lose them fifteen minutes after purchasing them. Box will allow you to save files up to 25 MB, and will give you up to 1 GB of storage for free. You also get five collaboration folders that you can share with your colleagues–for your students, this could be a shared project. Box is like an online file box for all your important files to help you feel safe, secure, and organized. You can upload and download your files with no special software needed, and you can share files instantly with anyone. All you do is email your file to Box and they save it for you until it is needed. You can even host photos with no bandwidth limit. If you need more storage, there are paid versions available. If you aren’t sure the paid versions are worth it, you can try them out for free for two weeks.
With drop.io, you always get 100 MB “drops” for free. For $10 a year you get one drop (upload) and one GB of storage. For more money, you get more storage and more drops. You don’t even have to create an account or remember a user name and password as with most Web 2.0 sites. You do have to remember the location (URL) which you assign to your “drop” as the exchange points are called. The drops are private, and you determine how available you want them to be to others, such as students allowing access to teachers. All you do is name your drop; upload your file; decide whether or not to password protect the file; choose a date when you want the file to be deleted (tell your students, for example, to select a couple of weeks after their papers are due–don’t make it too early in case you give them an extension or they have to do a rewrite, or in case they get a reprieve from the governor!); then select an option of whether others can view; view and add; or view, add and delete. Now just hit the big red “Drop it!” button and your file is saved in lovely cyberspace. All you do is go back to your previously-named address (what–you didn’t forget that URL already, did you?) and open that file. What could be easier?
For photo sharing, may I suggest Flickr, Picasa, and Photobucket. Photobucket allows you to store up to 10,000 photos and hours of video for free. Picasa is a Google product that gives you one GB of free storage–about enough space for 4,000 wallpaper-size photos. Flickr is probably the most popular online photo storage site. It allows you to upload, edit, organize, and share your photos. It is also home to Flickr Creative Commons that provides copyright-friendly photos for our students to use in their school assignments, making it transparent to them how to give appropriate credit to the photo’s creator.
Creekview High School
The Library of Congress is continuing to add images to its photostream on Flickr.
Abraham Lincoln Images This is a campaign button (3/4″) with a tintype of Lincoln before the beard!
Panaramic Photograhs from World War I This image of No Man’s Land, Flanders Field, France, 1919, is 43 inches long.
Photochrom Travel Views from Scandinavia at the turn of the 20th Century include this unusual church in Norway in the 1890’s.