From the Archives: A Picture is Worth…

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve long believed in the power of images to engage, amuse, and instruct. In addition to the wide-ranging images attached to each post, we’ve written a few words about pictures, too.

To begin at the beginning: in Where all the Purty Pictures Come From: Flickr + Creative Commons Jason explains the basics of using Flickr and how its advanced search features can limit your results to Creative-Commons licensed items. Julie provided a more in-depth look at what that license entails in Using Creative Commons Licensed Material in Your Classroom. And don’t forget to check out the ProfHacker photo pool on Flickr.

Image editing

Julie gives a detailed account of why she likes online image-editing tool Picnik. George lists some others in Free Online Tools for Images and Graphic Design.

Display and Organize your Images

If you’ll be using images in the classroom and want to move beyond Powerpoint, check out Ethan’s Challenging the Presentation Paradigm:Prezi and Jason’s explanation of why he has students do presentations in Pecha Kucha format.

Omeka (aka “a big shiny sledgehammer”) is much, much, more than a tool dealing with images. But if you’re interested in creating a digital collection or museum, chances are good that you will be dealing with digital images. Check out Julie’s A Brief Introduction to Omeka and Jeff’s Teaching With Omeka.

Community Projects

Billie explains the start of Composing With Images Press, which she co-directs with Bill Wolff. Their book Photos for the Gulf benefits Gulf Coast oil spill clean up. In Photographer to Professor, Billie explains how she integrates photographic concepts into her teaching of writing.

[CC licensed image by flickr user anniehp]

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