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Please note...for all Tech Tools sessions, we will be using Google applications, so please create a Google account for yourself if you don't have one yet.



CLASS VOCABULARY: crop, pixel, megapixel, pixilated, resolution, web album, tagging photos, half-press, shutter button, kilobyte (KB), megabyte (MB), gigabyte (GB)

HANDOUTS (Paper copies of some of the items below will be given out in class. If you want paper copies of some of these, please print on your own)


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  1. Mind Map of Unit Plans (Inspiration)
  2. Handouts
    1. Reflection Worksheet
    2. Kodak Worksheet
    3. Slide Notes / Blank Notes
  3. Why use Digital Images?
  4. Examples of Digital Images in the Classroom
  5. "Computer-ese"
    • Vocab Words: Pixel, Resolution, Megapixel
  6. Digital Photography
    1. Learn Your Camera
    2. Kodak Assignment
  7. Shoot 10-15 Photos
    1. Download to computer
    2. Re-Size in iPhoto or Picasa
  8. Putting your Photos online
    1. Log in to http://picasaweb.google.com using your Google Account information
    2. Upload 5 best pictures to a new album
    3. Explore what you can do with pictures in an album (Embed, Slideshows, Map, Share)
  9. Share Royalty Free sites (on wiki) - check out on your own time
  10. Brainstorm Ways to use Digital Images in your class or Unit Plan





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Animoto is a great way to make quick and easy slideshows and they come out looking like movie productions! Just create an account, upload your pictures, choose from their soundtrack library and let the program create the video for you! Awesome way to introduce a lesson or recap a class project! Note: We may not get to this in class, so please feel free to check this out on your own! :)


  • If you want to set up an account and get going with Animoto, register by clicking here.
  • Apply for an Education account on Animoto by clicking here and going through the APPLY NOW button (Note: Takes a few days to a week to get verified.)

Animoto Samples



Alaska 2008 Trip - Chad put this animoto together with pictures from his Alaska trip last summer. Music was chosen from the Animoto library online.

7th Grade Volleyball - Katie O'Brien put together this animoto for her 7th Grade Girls' Volleyball team.

Poem Project - Jillian Heise (8th Grade) had students create a poem in animoto with pictures to exemplify their thoughts.







Places to Find Photos

  • Public Domain Images - Several thousand copyright friendly digital images nicely organized in folders, free for any personal and/or commercial use, credit or back link is not required.
  • Images4Education Ning - This Ning is a social network of teachers that share all kinds of ways to use digital images and technology in the classroom. Great resource and FREE to join. Check out their community!
  • Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/listguid.html
  • DK Clip Art - This mini site will help support class and homework activities with downloads of DK's famous photographs that can be included in your school projects. They can also be used just for fun!

Dynamic images

If you'd like to get creative and add your own captions to images, check out TXT 2 PIC and Hetemeel. But, be cautious of using these sites with students since some of the content is objectionable.
  • Flickr (photo sharing)Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through photos under each type of license. To learn more about creative commons license go to http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
  • Microsoft Design Gallery Live - A great source for clip art. Loads quickly and has a search engine. You need to own Microsoft Office to use this site
  • Microsoft Creativity Fun Pack - Download sounds, video titles, music tracks, music transitions and sound effects to go with Windows Media Maker
  • Open Clip Art Library - This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.
  • Pics 4 Learning - Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
  • PD Photo.org - PDPhoto.org is a repository for public domain photos. Use the photos for anything, including commercial uses, other websites, school projects, articles, ads, whatever. Public domain means the photo is not protected by copyright and may be freely used by everyone. Unless something is clearly marked as being something other than public domain, you can assume it is free to use.
  • School-Clip-Art.com - Educational Clipart - The clip art you find at School-Clip-Art.com are provided FREE for educational use.
  • USDA Online Photography Center - The USDA Online Photo Center provides a complimentary source of high-quality digital photographs, a select few of which appear on these web pages. The buttons (scroll way down the page) below are categories, followed by sub-categories of images. Click on the thumbnails to see larger images with caption material. Click the image again for a 640 pixel image to download.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Digital Library System - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's online digital media library contains the National Image Library--the Service's collection of public domain still photos. You may search all the images through the National Image Library link, or you may search by individual collections, which are listed underneath. Each of these collections stated that the photographer & library be credited as part of your sources.
  • Wikipedia Commons - A resource list of image sites on the web. Many are public domain, but some are not. You still need to check the copyright status of images.
  • Yellowstone Digital Slide File - Contains pictures of Yellowstone Park. These images are in the public domain and may be reproduced, free of charge with the proper credit line.
  • Yotophoto - When using Yotophoto you should 1) search for the image you would like to use 2) Verify the license or usage conditions for the image 3) Use the image, be sure to comply with any conditions
  • The Stock Exchange – http://sxc.hu
  • Getty Images (some free) – http://www.gettyimages.com/Home.aspx