Ed Tech: Editing and Creating Images

Image Chef - Johnston JerseyToday I’ll be exploring some of my favorite old and new image editing and creating tools, specifically ImageChef and PicMonkey.

First up, ImageChef. This is a fantastic little web based tool that allows the user to customize pictures with their own text. The applications in education are endless.

Here are a few that I came up with: I customized a football jersey template with my name, school colors, and room number. It’ll make a great door sign. My school colors are orange and blue. I chose blue for the background and orange for the numbers, to make the numbers pop. In our text, Presentation Zen Design, Reynolds (2014) states that “warmer colors tend to come to the foreground” and cooler tones “tend to fade into the background (91).

I also think it would be a great back to school activity to have each student create an image that represents them and/or their interests and depending on class size, you can post them on a bulletin board or alternatively to an online gallery. Image Chef - Hand Reminder

I also created a little test reminder image using ImageChef. I’m going to start incorporating some of these these images into my class updates on Schoology.

Below I’ve reviewed one of my all time favorite image editors, PicMonkey.

I’d love to hear about your favorite image editors, or fun text tools!

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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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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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