Images can communicate complex messages, can tell stories and can be a meeting place for students to share in learning. Online photo albums allow classrooms to connect and share with the community outside its walls. Teachers can share pictures from the class day with families, or a whole community can share an album together over the course of a school year. Students can use online photo galleries to share work with a diverse audience and get comments from other students. Online image galleries will save you money, a trip to the photo processing store and will keep images for as long you’d like.
This free image sharing site allows users to create an account and then share images as a photo blog, with an embed code, or through a link. A basic Flickr account includes the ability to organize photos into sets or collections, add tags and descriptions, generate slide shows, as well as protect the images either with a copyright or a Creative Commons license. Visitors can even order prints by connecting to a SnapFish account.
- Flickr for Education has 350+ members and an active discussion forum
Another free image editing and filing program, this site by google allows you to synchronize your pictures on your computer with your pictures that you post online. It’s very easy from picasa to either post pictures with your google account or to facebook or other photo sharing sites. Picasa also has great face recognition tools and can help you “tag” and organize all the pictures in your library in a powerful way. Like most image-sharing sites, you are granted a limited amount of free storage online and can purchase more for some additional money
In addition to being able to publish images to the web, it provides the ability to order a variety of products that feature the photos (prints, calendars, mugs, t-shirts, books, etc). If student privacy is of concern, Snapfish does provide the most secure option for sharing photos. Only those with an account, as well as express permission, may have access. Additionally, Snapfish has a feature for creating Group Rooms. These group rooms provide a secure way for multiple people to share photos in a secure environment. Once invited to join the room via email, then users can contribute photos and purchase or share ones that have been posted by others.
Similar to the above mentioned online image storage sites. Photobucket allows users to upload images that can be shared with a unique URL for the uploaded images. Photobucket also allows users to edit images directly within their account and then turn the images into slide shows that can be shared online.
Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use. Students can make images, infographics, posters, and more! Canva’s templates makes it easy to create stunning images by proving a suite of professionally designed templates.
Tools that combine images with audio and special effects:
This intuituve and powerful web-based application provides basic but impressive multimedia features. Animoto offers music and professional-looking special effects to add to your photos and text. Students and teachers can sign up for a free account in the Education section. Simply upload images (or import them from a flickr, picasa or photobucket album), select the order of the images, add text and music (provided by Animoto) to create stunning image presentations.
Introduction to Animoto for Educators
A great Web-based digital storytelling program, it enables users to upload pictures or documents, record accompanying audio (or video) commentary, and invite others to record commentary as well. Its simple combination of visual and recorded media is perfect for creating multimedia presentations in a relatively short time frame using simple tools. With VoiceThread teachers and students can create virtual tours, report on books they’ve read, comment on historically significant photographs, debate a topic, and more. Its uniqueness lies in the ease in which audio commentary can added to images and documents and the ability to add multiple commentaries to a single artifact. A free single educator account allows for 10 VoiceThreads.
A powerful online poster creation platform, it has an easy drag-and-drop interface and enables students to create interactive, aesthetically appealing, and media-rich posters. With Glogster, students create “Glogs,” an online multimedia poster made with text, images, graphics, music, video and more. Glogster EDU is an advertisement-free educational community wherein educators set up a ““virtual classroom” for their students. By default Glogs are private unless a teacher designates them as “public,” and students are assigned randomly generated login information and passwords. No student is identified by name. As such, Glogster EDU helps address issues of inappropriate content and undesirable contact with those outside an educational community.
- Learn more about Glogster in our Posters section.
Capzles is an attractive multimedia platform for creating timelines. Events can contain images and descriptions, and Capzles allows for files and media to be added to the timeline. The background of the timeline can be customized, and a music playlist can be added. Other users can collaborate on a Capzles timeline with a public setting, inviting friends, or by creating a group login.
- Learn more at our Timelines section.
Editing images online is a simple process that typically involved selecting the image file from your computer to upload to the image editing site. From there, text can be included, the image can be resized, filters, backgrounds and additional images can be adjusted. Some online editors allow you to access your online photo storage sites (flickr, picasa, snapfish, photobucket) to easily import and edit your online images.
Flickr Tutorial #1 – Setting up an Account and uploading a photo
Flickr Tutorial #2 – Setting up and using a Flickr Account:
Flickr Tutorial #3 – the Flickr Uploader:
Snapfish Photobook Tutorial
Historians and historical organizations sometimes call upon the public to help them identify images:
- Civil War Faces Presentation The Library of Congress has uploaded a rare collection of almost 700 Civil War photographs to Flickr and needs your help identifying them. Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits with families.
Flickr and other image-publishing platforms are often used in creative ways:
- A user presents a set of images of Doorbells of Florence, where each photo of a doorbell is accompanied by an original short story. This form has been coined “flicktion” (=flickr + fiction) which others have picked up as a way to use images and story together. See photos tagged with flicktion to see more examples.
Published images can be integrated in any number of ways:
- Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place.
- Create a public service message on an important local or world issue.
- Create an e-book or e-magazine.
- See our e-book section for more information.
- Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and architecture.
- Create an illustrated timeline.
- Create an online poster.
- See our posters section for more details
- Create a presentation or slideshow of hand drawn images or political cartoons by taking photos of the images, uploading and sharing as an online presentation.
- Create a presentation of student writing responses by taking photos of student writing, uploading and sharing as an online presentation.
- Transform hand written notecards into an online presentation by taking a photo of the notecard, uploading and sharing online.