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Finding Free Images for Your Classroom

Finding Free Images for Your Classroom
The Internet has made a myriad of material readily available to a vast audience. Along with these seemingly infinite resources has come a lot of confusion about how images and other content published online should be legally recognized, protected or used. As educators, we often struggle in navigating that road. I recently read an amusing but instructive article entitled “PSA: Don’t Let Salami and Google Images Get You In Hot Water.” In my classroom, we use a lot of image-based content. One thing we have learned to look for is material with a Creative Commons License. “A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work that they have created. There are literally 10′s of millions of images on the Internet specifically covered by one of the six copyright licenses currently established under the Creative Commons protocols. Finding Creative Commons & license-free material Always give credit! About the author Related:  Better web searching

How to Properly Research Online (and Not Embarrass Yourself with the Results) Warning: if you are going to argue a point about politics, medicine, animal care, or gun control, then you better take the time to make your argument legit. Spending 10 seconds with Google and copy-pasting wikipedia links doesn't cut it. The standard for an intelligent argument is Legitimate research is called RE-search for a reason: patient repetition and careful filtering is what will win the day. There are over 86 billion web pages published, and most of those pages are not worth quoting. To successfully sift it all, you must use consistent and reliable filtering methods. If you are a student, or if you are seeking serious medical, professional, or historical information, definitely heed these 8 suggested steps to researching online:

QR Code Generator: QR Stuff Free Online QR Code Creator And Encoder For T-Shirts, Business Cards & Stickers 13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier You think you know how to Google? You don’t know how to Google. Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world’s most popular search engine. The Scenario: You’re playing Scrabble and some dumb-dumb says, “Hey, ‘panacea’ isn’t a word!” The Solution: Just type “define:” followed by the word you want and Google will take you straight to the definition. The Scenario: You want to find out the origin of a quote, but Google keeps giving results that are nowhere close. The Solution: Put your search phrase inside quotation marks. The Scenario: You want bread recipes that don’t list “yeast” as an ingredient. The Solution: After you enter your desired search terms, add a minus sign (-) followed by the words you want excluded. The Scenario: You want to research digital cameras that fall within a certain price range. The Solution: First type in your term.

7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing and Keeping Students' Attention 7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing and Keeping Students' Attention By Kim Fortson 05/28/13 Keeping students attentive in the 21st century classroom is no easy feat. Sure, there's the buzzword--"engagement"--that pervades education technology rhetoric, but what does engagement really look like, and how do teachers achieve it? For veteran educators Dotty Corbiere, a math specialist at Meadowbrook School in Weston, Massachusetts, and Rushton Hurley, founder of the non-profit organization Next Vista for Learning and a former high school Japanese language teacher and principal, the answer is video. "[Video] captures attention and learning. Hurley's organization, Next Vista for Learning , is an online resource for digital media that curates videos from "ordinary" students and teachers (providing they meet a specific set of guidelines), organizes them, and makes them available for free. "The kids love it … when they get going, they want to do their best. 1. 2. 3.

SearchReSearch: Answer: Finding those elusive pics... Turns out, it's tricky... Here's the Challenge for this week: 1. Can you find photos of Don Norman that were taken BEFORE 1997? The ideal answer will give a link to a photo, along with a year, and a description of what you did to find it. Here's what I did. After doing all of the "obvious" searches (e.g [ Don Norman 1900..1997 ] nothing much seemed to work. So I thought of looking for photographs that were of the various groups or projects that he was associated with over time. I know that people in organizations love to document what they've been doing, and will often post images of themselves at parties, meetings, or conferences as a way of documenting what they've done and celebrating their times together. But how would I find out what groups Don had been a part of before 1997? I also know that many writers and academics post a biography of their work. A quick search for: [ Don Norman curriculum vitae ] My search pattern was something like this, where organization is a variable term: is:

Learn It In 5 - Home Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know I often find myself in conversations with teachers and students about Internet search strategies. Often times the conversation reminds me that what's obvious to me is amazing to someone else. Last week I had that very experience as I taught a couple of teachers some search techniques that they are going to pass along to their students. As a follow-up to that experience, I've crafted the following list of search tools and tactics that every teacher and student should know. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts. Wolfram Alpha is billed as a computational search engine and this is exactly what it does. Twurdy is search tool that automatically displays the readability of your search results for you. Twurdy with Pop - searches using Twurdy's most complex algorithm which includes looking up the popularity of words within the text. 10.

5 Reasons To Use YouTube In The Classroom If you like to bring multimedia into your lessons (and who doesn’t?) then you probably use YouTube in the classroom from time to time. But there’s a lot to the mega-video site and it’s getting a bazillion hours of video uploaded every minute nowadays. So there’s no shortage of content and the Google folks have done their best to tame the mountain of videos into an easy-to-use resource. See Also: The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators But you should know how to do more with YouTube than just watch a video, comment, or search. Who knows, you might just get inspired to use YouTube even more in the classroom! Start unique and unusual discussions Through video you can keep class exciting and new. Download all your YouTube videos Create playlists to inspire long-term learning Give students the option to dig deeper into a subject by creating a playlist of videos related to that concept. Help struggling students get caught up Create custom quizzes for your YouTube videos

Wonder: A Search Engine Fueled by Research Experts – Save Time, Learn Anything Wonder is a very different type of search engine. Instead of computer generated feedback, a real human being who is an expert researcher will find the best sources for you, and send them to you within an hour! You can spend less time reviewing the overwhelming number of responses that today’s search engines typically produce, and more time focused on your research. The folks from Wonder sent me some examples of recent searches and results offered to help shed some light on how it works. Teachers Using Wonder A computer instructor searched for “education technology for elementary students” and requested technology lesson examples for elementary school level students. Students Using Wonder An anatomy student recently searched for the difference between Broca’s area vs. As another example, close to midnight, a high school student searched for information on Apollo 11 because she had put a research paper off until the night before the due date. Curious People Using Wonder About Kelly Walsh

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again Learning Apps & Tools | Feature 9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again By Kim Fortson10/22/12 For many students, writing a novel summary is not exactly a glamorous assignment. But writing a novel summary using a timeline-based storytelling platform with embedded original content, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures might just make developing re-cap of A Christmas Carol interesting, argues Lake Geneva Middle School language arts teacher Rob Granger. In lieu of standard re-caps, Granger asks his students to create Meographs, four-dimensional narratives that contextualize stories using maps to provide time and place references to original content. T.H.E. According to Bellow, students can share these stories with, at the very least, their peers, but also with friends and family and on social networks, “So there’s a real audience out there who can find their stories as well.” 1. 2. 3.

SearchReSearch: PowerSearchingWithGoogle Text Lessons (and slides! and videos!) I managed to get a few minutes... ... to pull together a master list of all the text lessons from the online course. Here's the list for you. Again, as with the master list of video shorts (see my post about the PowerSearching videos), these are labeled as Creative Commons CC BY-NC, so go wild, and reuse to your heart's content! Each lesson is the text (and slides) for each of the all around 5 minutes long, so any of them are easy to work into your program. (The BY-NC label that means you can remix, tweak, and build upon these videos non-commercially; note that your new works must acknowledge my original work (a link is fine), and be must non-commercial). Note that we'll be running a NEW version of the course starting on September 21st, 2015! Registration for the newest instance of the course will begin next Monday, September 14th. Search on! (Hope to see you in the MOOC.)