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A Blog by Krissy Venosdale

A Blog by Krissy Venosdale

Copyright-friendly Resources Background Copyright-friendly refers to resources that may be used without permission under certain circumstances. It is always the user's reponsibility to determine the type of license for each item. The best known site for public domain materials is Creative Commons. A variety of levels of permissions maybe encountered, with restrictions such as non-commercial use, attribution required, or modifications prohibited. Handout Powerpoint Top 10 Questions Fair Use Creating Online Content Fair Use Checklist Friendly Resources Performance Rights Simple Guidelines Detailed Guidelines

How to Make Great Charts for Infographics - Piktochart Infographics This is part of the Infographic Design Series and we’re delightfully at the last post of this series. Before getting into the nitty gritty details about charts, here’s a quick recap of what we have covered on infographic design so far. Data is an essential part of infographics, without data, we’ll just have ‘graphics’ and no ‘info’. Don’t fret, we will show you some simple tricks (really!) ‘Dress up’ your charts to complement the subject matter Say you have some key data to include in your infographic, a sure way to make the charts ‘fit’ with the rest of your content is to assimilate elements of your content into the chart design. In the example below, you can see how adding some elements of the subject matter into the chart design makes the information stand out and easier to understand. Paint a visual story for your charts Besides adding meaningful images to your chart, you can also decorate them with visual objects giving it some spark. Turn your charts into meaningful visual

Pass It On! streamingvideo - home A Student's Guide to Getting Started with Piktochart This post is a part of our guide to using infographics in education. For more information, check out the guide here. So here we are. Maybe your teacher or professor has asked you to try out Piktochart for making infographics. Either way, prepare your noggins for some knowledge. With Piktochart’s interface, tools, and features, you’ll be a visual storytelling genius in no time. First things first… You’ll need a Piktochart account. See? The first thing you see when you log into Piktochart is the your dashboard. Pick a template Here are all the templates to help you get started. Try scrolling through the hundreds of templates. Start Designing and Creating Once you’ve decided on a template, click “create” to load it. Speaking of text styling though, you can use our Text Frame tool to make text and titles with graphics created by our in-house design team. Insert graphics Just click or drag-and-drop the graphics you need from the menu to your canvas. Visualize your data Share your infographic

What Makes Education So Pinteresting? String the words “social” and “media” together in a sentence when talking with most educators and the conversation inevitably turns to the Big Three: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. As teachers weigh the value of social networking in classrooms, several emerging tools have also begun to pique educators’ interest — or, dare I say, Pinterest? By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the online bulletin board that lets people post and share notes, pictures, infographics and other media with the network’s base of more than 10 million users. A recent report on technology news site TechCrunch says the majority of those users are women, many in the coveted 18–34 age bracket, which could explain the massive valuations pinned to the company’s rising fortunes — Forbes recently estimated Pinterest’s value at more than $7 billion. The Teacher’s Quick Guide to Pinterest 16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest Got the basics down? 25 Great Educators to Follow on Pinterest Still looking for ideas?

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material. Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. For instance, you may be planning to critique the portrayal of Native Americans in commercial films. You are going to want to “quote” some commercial films like Pocahontas, Lone Ranger, and Dances with Wolves. You may use copyrighted content without asking permission if you believe that your use falls under the doctrine known as Fair Use. In general, when you transform original content, repurpose it, and add value to it in your own remix, you may be able to claim the use fair. According to American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact, these two tests or questions help you plan whether to use the copyrighted work of others without asking permission: CMSI's Recut, Reframe Recycle offers specific examples of transformative use in video production. American University.

Research and an infographic about research Infographics are viral. In my own PLN, one of us discovers an infographic relevant to learning or libraries or research and it’s all over the edtech/library world in a matter of minutes. And many of us are now using infographics as a student assessment. But, like political or commercial messages, infographics are carefully-crafted media messages. And they beg careful deconstruction, scrutiny, and analysis. The infographic, Wikipedia: Redefining Research, for instance, appeared on Open-Site recently. After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to halt the presses and go out of print. As I looked more carefully at the infographic, as I really read it, I began to see some distorted truths and some opportunities for information literacy explorations. I saw many leaps in logic. In celebrating Wikipedia’s prominence, the infographic also presents an interesting comparison of Wikipedia to libraries. Some of the statistics presented: Students use Wikipedia more than libraries.

Snapshot: Blogger, Wikispaces, Kidblog and iPads Kia ora! The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is an interactive resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all New Zealand educators. The VLN provides access to: The Learning Exchange is a brokerage site that enables connections between teachers and learners; joining clusters, schools, groups and individuals who are learning through online and blended programes. The VLN supports the work of the Māori Medium Kura Network and the VLN Community (VLNC), and promotes the concept of classrooms without walls, where learners and educators have the flexibility to connect with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The learning exchange comprises of five areas of collaboration: Programmes of learning, Projects, Professional learning, Participation, Parents & Whanau. Find out more ... VLN Groups is a social network for teachers, school leaders and facilitators to connect, share experiences, and learn together. It includes the Enabling e-Learning community groups

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