With digital cameras so reasonably priced and a digital camera in nearly every cell phone, it’s becoming more reasonable to include student-generated images into your teaching/learning plans. Capturing, editing, producing, and mashing up images can be a great way to engage students – and, depending on the way you set it up, an intriguing performance of understanding.
With that in mind, here are a few free, online photo tools and resources to add into the mix:
Flickr: Of course. The mother of online photo sharing sites. But what you might not know is that Flickr has a pretty impressive tools collection – make sets, groups, put photos on a map. Also, there’s a cheerful number of third-party flickr tools to investigate that extend Flickr’s usefulness.
SlideFlickr: Create and embed slideshows of Flickr images.
Five-Card Flickr: Nice creativity tool – create a story out of five flickr images that you pick.
Cooliris: A very slick photo storage, browsing, and sharing application. Displays as a 3D wall in your browser. It’s free, but does require a download.
fotoflexer: Browser-based image editor, with 2GB storage.
PhotoFunia: Online photo editing tool allows you to upload an image and apply effects.
Cloudcanvas: With paint, brushes, textures, primitive shapes, layers, filters, and page layout options, anyone can create online digital paintings.
Blabberize: Add lips and a moving mouth to any photo, record some speech, and your photos can talk.
Create a Magazine Cover: With this tool, you can custom-create a magazine cover, using your own, uploaded image.
Fliptrack: Create online slide shows and invite people to view, add to it, edit photos or effects -while the original stays in tact. Nice opportunity for online collaboration using images.
GICKR: Create an animated GIF from an uploaded photo.
Animoto: One of my all-time favs. Upload your photos, pick a song from their library (or upload your own), press a button and you have an special effects “short” made of your images.
Skitch: Make and modify screen shots. Very handy for creating student instructions for getting into an online tutorial or web site.
Spell with Flickr: you can write text in letters based off Flickr images with this.
Picsearch: Powerful photo search engine that allows you to specify interesting particulars.
Histografica: Find historical pictures of places around the world.
Geotag Your Photos: Here’s an article explaining how to geotag your images with Google Maps.
PicResize: Crop and resize any uploaded image.
Have fun – and share what you figured out!