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The Generator Blog introduced me to PhotoSoup that is powered by Flickr. The best part about PhotoSoup is that it creates visual word puzzles. Where the “words” to search are unknown to the solver, but photos are given as clues. The photos fade in color when you find a word in the puzzle. You do not have to be a member of Flickr to create a puzzle or play as it uses photos from the Creative Commons only. However, in order to have better control of the puzzle you are making for your students, entering in your own photos would be the most appropriate for the subject-matter you are teaching. That way you can control the picture “words”/”tags” that are even vocabulary words your students are studying! This has potential in all subjects and grade levels depending on if you allow PhotoSoup to create it or you create your own. In math, the person could have pictures of various geometric solids tagged or in science pictures of various stages of a butterfly’s life cycle or social studies different objects from Egypt or a country of study to know the products they import and export.
I was so excited to read the Cool Cat Teacher Blog on Friday, May 30. I found out that Animoto gives codes to let you use the full version (instead of the 30 second video) for free! Here’s the how-to in order to sign-up your students for the Education Program in Animoto. E-mail Rebecca Brooks at email@example.com. She will then send you the classroom code that will allow your students to access and make full-length videos that are even downloadable to your desktop. The videos will project full-screen and without any ads or other “distractions” that may be found regularly. The Animoto people have a page with videos other educators have made with ideas. They want to keep up with all of the Web 2.0 innovations educators make using Animoto. My only wish is that I would have known about this sooner. But, I will be signing up for one for next school year!