Here's a place to find creative, educational ways for your children and students to use the computer and lots of online tools. They'll have fun and be learning about computers at the same time. Adults will have fun too!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Photo Fun - photoboother

Remember going to the Mall and taking pictures of yourself with your friends!  Now you can do it anywhere there's a computer and a webcam - and it's free and there's no login.

Go to http://photoboother.com/  You need to have some photos on your computer before starting.  It asks for 4 photos but I don't see why you couldn't use the same photo more than once.  If you have a Mac you can use photo booth to get your pictures. 

Click on "Tutorial" for the 5 sentence instructions.  It's that simple.  Click on upload and pick your 4 pictures.  You need to click on upload separately for each photo.  There are a 6 formats to choose from too. You can download the final product to your computer, order prints or email the photos. 

Have fun and send me your Photoboothers!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Twister! Historical Tweeting for Students

This morning I found a very fun little project at classtools.net called Twister.  The concept behind Twister is that you write a "tweet" that a historical figure might have said.  They have to use the figure's real nickname or make up a believable nickname for that person.  There's a perfect opening for talking about internet safety.  Then they add the person's real name and a 140 character statement that the historical figure might really have said.  Then also have to add a plausible date for the tweet which requires a little bit of research.  The site adds an appropriate background automatically.  ***PLEASE NOTE*** that although this site is intended for classroom use it's not all kid friendly so if you're just browsing through their examples you should pre-screen them before showing students.
Here's one I did for my good buddy Jaques Cartier.