Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Class for ....ME!

This week I am taking a fun class all about iPads with Naomi Harm. I've had two of Naomi's classes before, and each time I learn a lot. Today was no different.

Searching through Naomi's blog tonight I came across a post from 2010 entitled Word Cloud Makers are Here. 

Apparently Wordle was going through some growing pains back in 2010. Wordle is a great choice these days, but check out some alternatives too.

Tag Galaxy is especially fun. It uses images to go with the words you enter.

I looked at all of the links and the only one that doesn't work now is Twitter Sheep. Some sites want to sell you something, like a tee-shirt with your words on it. Find one that works for you.

Word clouds are fun to create, save and use in so many way. Check it out!

Thanks, Naomi!

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Are you a Pinterest user? I've had an account for awhile, but truly don't take the time to check it very often.

However, while looking around today I stumbled across a subject of interest to me -- Intellectual Freedom. The question was about who owns the content on the Pinterest website. Since it's a social sharing site, people pin and re-pin all the time. See the discussion here.

What was suggested is that I (the original pinner) must be certain to have permission from the site I am 'borrowing' an image from. This can be a problem if there is no direct permission to use the image.

One of the solutions seems to be to give direct permission on my site, in this case, my blog. However, since many of the images that I post on the blog already come from other sites, this is still a bit of a problem. I always put the link to an image I use so that anyone can click the image and see where it originates.

I think that the permission I would want to grant is for Original Content which I may create; like the red button above that I made using Paint on my computer.

But, because I post a lot of photos of students, I certainly am not giving permission for those to be pinned and used over again.

The deeper the education community gets into social media the more these challenges will surface. In the meantime, I will continue to follow leaders in education about how to manage privacy and Intellectual Freedom. 

I welcome your feedback and input!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Photo Collage

Happy July!

It's a Monday morning, and I am missing students. Summer School has come and gone. 4th of July celebrations took place over the weekend.

Now, I'm just waiting for the first public library program on Wednesday with Susan Pagnucci - Master Puppeteer.

So, here's the next best thing. It's a collage using a Chrome add-on called Loupe.
Can you see that it's in the shape of a smiley face? 

When I created it I could hover over a photo and see it larger, but it looks like that is not the case here. This program allows you to pick how many photos to use in the collage.

I have 15 different photos of kids working in the computer lab here, but they are repeated to form a 50 photo image. The default setting used a lot more photos but that made the photographs really small.

There are a lot of shapes to choose from for the collage. Give it a try!