Fun with Photos

A while ago there was a fun website that allowed you to “Polarize” photos. Every once in a while I wonder what options are out there for things like this and today was one of those days. Here are some fun options for a Sunday afternoon.

Pixisnap allows the user to upload an image and it creates a “Polaroid collage” of the images with a customized background (it also has the option of creating a photo mosaic with the image).

Polaroin allows the user to upload an image and turn it into an individual “Polaroid” photo and then write up to 20 characters of text in the white space below the image. Polaroin also downgrades the quality of the image so it is more reminiscent of the actual Polaroid photos (see Alcatraz below, left).

The Instantizer also allows one to quickly upload a photo, rotate it if needed, add a small caption, and create a “polarized” image. The site gives the user a URL to the image that will hold the photo for 1 day. Unlike Polaroin, Instantizer keeps the quality of the original image uploaded.

Recognizing that Polaroid hit its height before today’s students were born, adults will probably have more fun with these links than our students will, but hey, it is spring break (or break is coming) and we can play too, right?

BigHugeLabs & Education

Have you used BigHugeLabs?  A fun site which has fun templates to do many things with digital photos. Creating jigsaw puzzles magazine covers, movie posters, motivational posters (basically personalized Successories, and more. Yes, one option once these things are created is to purchase a copy, but I just learned that there is an option for educators to set up a free account which allows them to:

  • Use the site advertising-free.
  • Generate ready-to-print ID cards for your students
  • Pre-register students so they can sign in without an email address.

and, most exciting:

  • View and download content created by your students.

Check out BigHugeLabs’ Education account – perhaps there will be a fun tool to integrate into the curriculum for the last month or so of school (but who’s watching the calendar, right?) 🙂

The Friday Five: Images

Who doesn’t like to explore art and what students don’t gravitate toward images? Today’s “Five” include five great image collections, I hope you find something of interest to you.

Thanks to Christie Burke, our new Library Specialist, I learned about the first resource, Minnesota Reflections, a collection of nearly 31,000 images and documents “shared by more than 95 cultural heritage organizations across the state. This site offers a broad view of Minnesota’s history for researchers, educators, students, and the public.”

Second, thinking regionally, is the Arts Collection, part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.  The Arts Collection “brings together, in digital form, primary and secondary materials relating to the creative arts.” Here you can search a growing collection of art including images of pottery, architecture, and other artifacts.

Third, yes, it has appeared here before, but I use it so often, I couldn’t imagine an article on images without it!  The morgueFile is a great place for educators and students to find quality images for just about anything.

Fourth, part of the Pics4Learning is a free image library intended for educational use. Teachers can also submit their photos to be included in the collection. (An “Advanced Search” for photographer is an easy way for students to find their teacher’s photos.) If you submit your images, you retain your copyright but grant your permission for them to be used for education. FYI, it does take a couple of days for the images to be approved by Pics4Learning.

Finally, images from Craig Blacklock. Not able to be downloaded but beautiful to explore, Craig’s Lake Superior images are wonderful.

Happy Friday!