Posts Tagged Google

The iCafe goes to Australia

UPDATE:

Check out Holly’s notes from the Google Teacher Academy! So many great ideas:

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This week in Sydney, Australia, Google is holding one of it’s Google Teacher Academies. This event allows for teachers around the globe to come together and learn new ways of using digital media in the 21st Century classroom and the iCafe team is lucky enough to have one of our team members there!

How awesome is that?!

We are so excited for Holly and can’t wait to hear from her about all the exciting new ideas she has gained and how we can start using them here in LCISD!

Each teacher that attends the academy must apply and be accepted from thousands of other applicants, so this is a huge honor for LCISD to be represented and we are so proud of Holly!

Check back soon to see her notes and perhaps another video update! To learn more about the Google Teacher Academy or any other of Google’s Education initiatives, check out their Google for Educators page.

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Creating Your Own Image Library

When searching for images from the internet one thing  that always slows the process down is looking for images that you can use without getting permission or worrying about whether it is copyright protected or not.  So instead of worrying about whether you really can use those pictures or not, and if you’ve sited it correctly, why not just create your own image library!

The key to creating your own image library is to be prepared.  Prepared for what?  Well…everything!  The key is to have your camera with you and take pictures of anything and everything!  For example, take a digital camera to a grocery store and take picture of fruits, vegetables, and herbs…even grocery carts!  Close up shots, weird angles…anything that might be a good picture to use later.  This is something you can do where ever you go, from the grocery store, to family vacations, even just sitting around the house.   Take your camera everywhere you go, and since you are the one taking the pictures, you own the copyright and you will have quickly built your own digital image library!

What do you do with it after you have all the pictures?  I recommend using a simple photo sharing site like PicasaWeb by Google.  You can host all of your images there, for FREE, in organized albums that you can share or keep private.  You can even tag each image to make searching for that perfect picture that much easier.  Another idea is importing them into a gallery in Active Inspire or Notebook 10 for using with your interactive whiteboard!

So what are you waiting for?!  Grab that camera and get to building that library!

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