Ed Tech: Copyright Free Images

book-1760998_1280I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked for the “perfect” graphic for a presentation or class activity only to end up on iStock and giving up due to the prices. I’ll admit I’ve used images from a google image search without a second thought. Until today.

I’m so excited about a few new resources that were shared with us through class. I had no idea that this magical world of fantastic AND free images existed.

Last week when I was desperate to find the perfect header image, I headed over to Pixabay.

Pixawhat? PIXABAY! Pixabay has almost a copyright free images for you to use in your presentations or classroom under Creative Commons CC 0. CC 0 means you don’t technically have to cite it, but let’s give credit where credit is due.

In the future I’d like to do a post on the different CC licenses, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the topic.

Keep reading for my first attempt citing a CC0 image and a lot of love for the photographer that shot the gorgeous image that I’m using as my header.

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Ed Tech: Word Clouds

Word Art - AliceI have always had a nerdy teacher crush on word clouds, but I’ve never taken the time to create one. This past week, with state testing in full swing, I had a little time to play around with three different word cloud creation tools: Wordle, WordArt, and Tagxedo.

I explore all three below. I hope you have as much fun playing with them as I did!


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About the Author

Welcome to Little Stacks of Books.

I am a month away from wrapping up my 11th year teaching students with disabilities and it’s time for a new adventure…

In 2008, I completed the coursework required to earn my teaching license in Special Education. I was a stones throw away from my Master’s Degree and vowed I’d return after a short break. Time passed, as it inevitably does, and the program changed and the handful of classes I standing between me and a Master’s of Education tripled.

This past winter, I decided it was time to return to academia. I’d thought a lot about various programs and paths, but quickly settled on Library Science and Old Dominion. It seems cliched to say I love books, but I do. Our school media specialist suggested this path about five years ago, it just took me a while to realize that this is what I’m meant to be doing right now.

The creation of this blog is a requirement for one of my first classes, but I hope to keep it up throughout the program.

If you’re interested in learning more about how I’ve designed this blog, and any changes along the way – keep reading below!

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