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550+ Royalty-Free Stock Photos You Can Download Now. Let me tell you a quick, cautionary tale about copyright law and using photos and images online.

550+ Royalty-Free Stock Photos You Can Download Now

A couple years ago, a popular stock photography vendor claimed copyright infringement on an image we used in one of our ebooks. Embarrassed, I quickly investigated. As it turned out, another internet user had purchased the offending image from that same stock photography service and uploaded it to a photo-sharing website under a Creative Commons license. So while on the surface it looked safe for the taking, it was in fact falsely promoted as a royalty-free image ... and we were in the wrong. Scary story, right? That's when it hit me: What if marketers didn't have to shell out more money for images, obsess over copyright laws, and fret about permissions? Download 80 new stock photos here to use however you want, royalty-free. But don't stop there ... A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class.

September 19, 2015 Biteable is a web-based tool that allows you to create beautiful explainer videos to share with your students.

A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class

Explainer videos are short animated clips that make use of a wide variety of visuals and multimedia materials to communicate a message in a concise and comprehensible way. You probably have already seen some examples of Explainer videos on ads played on YouTube, several companies use this kind of videos to advertise their products. However, as a teacher, you can create explainer videos to explain key concepts, create instructional guides and tutorials to share with students and many more. You don’t need advanced video editing skills to use Biteable. The process is simple and easy. Watch the video below to see Biteable in action. Windows Movie Maker Tutorial. 20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class.

Maps cross all content areas and grade levels.

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

By creating custom MyMaps, students can see the content they’ve studied in a new light. (Public domain image via Pixabay) Maps are a fundamental part of everyday life. Even if we don’t pull paper maps out of our car glove compartments anymore, we still rely on GPS and digital directions. Without maps, we’re lost. With maps, we can clearly see how widespread or concentrated our data and content is. Maps touch practically every content area and grade level. MyMaps, a somewhat unnoticed app in the Google Apps suite, lets students create their own highly customized maps to share with others and display. Below is an example — a MyMaps map I created with everywhere I’ve presented this year (as of the publication of this post) … The connections to curriculum are innumerable.

Want to see it in action? Wondering how you might use this in your class? 1. 2. 3. 4. How to Create an eBook with Google Slides. Pinterest Google Slides Did you know that Google Slides can be used for much more than just presentations?

How to Create an eBook with Google Slides

Google Slides is one of the most flexible learning tools in the Google Apps suite. In fact, I used Google Slides to create my eBook: The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom! That’s right! How to create an eBook in Google Slides Customize the Size First, create the customize size for the eBook. Add Your Content Create a cover page, header, footer with page numbers and title. GOOGLE SLIDES. Create A Graph. Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations. Fun Image Generators on the Web. While much of the appeal of digital photography is in being able to edit images, Photoshop is a program I have just not gotten around to learning in any depth.

Fun Image Generators on the Web

But that doesn't mean I can't have fun with images -- thanks to some easy-to-use online tools. Lots of these image generators are available on the Web. Most are free and easy to use -- so easy even a technology director can manage them. Here are some of my favorites -- just for fun. Motivator The motivational posters that have become common in many offices and classrooms are a snap to make using Motivator. ImageChef Create banners, buttons, signs, license plates, bling and a host of other graphics using the pre-built images in ImageChef. Cameroid If you have a webcam, Cameroid uses it to modify the user's image. The Fodey Generator This tool, like ImageChef, allows you to add your text to pre-created images. If you'd like to discover more of these kinds of tools, peruse the archives of The Generator Blog.

Build More Collaboration into Your Online Class. Travis Grandy is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Build More Collaboration into Your Online Class

Find him on Twitter @travisgrandy or at his website. This summer I’ll be teaching my first fully online course. As you might remember from a previous post I wrote on using team-based inquiry, I really like creating opportunities for students to collaborate and support each other’s learning process. As I build my course in preparation for this summer, one of the challenges I anticipate is how I can create similar kinds of active learning experiences for students without the benefit of in-person meetings.