Value of a class camera

Do you have a class camera available to use all day long?

Do you share a camera with another class or group of classes?

Maybe you have a smartphone or iPad with a camera connection.

Having a camera in the room all day is a great asset when posting on your blog. Being able to take shots of:

When uploading an image in a post, make sure it is small not the original size. You can make sure this happens by having your camera set to standard size (no bigger than a postcard) with recorded pixels no more than 640. Here are some posts to help you add images to your blog.

Image: ‘Everyone needs a getaway

In the comments, tell our readers some more ways to use your camera at school.

Using pics4learning to find images

This is a great website where all images are available for educational blogs, wikis, powerpoints and projects etc as long as you give attribution for the image.

On the website is a page giving you tips for searching. Looking at this will teach you better search techniques and will make your searching time more effective.

You also need to read their page on image use policy.

How do you use it?

  1. In your blog dashboard, you write your post that is going to include an image. Then you go to pics4learning to find the best image relating to your post.
  2. Click on browse topics. When the list of topics appears, some will have arrows next to them. This means there are sub-topics as well. So clicking on the topic name next to the arrow will open up more choices.
  3. Under the topic countries, let’s look for Australia and a picture of something related to our history or geography. Found one of Uluru, the well known red rock in the centre of Australia.

If using Internet Explorer or an image saved on a computer

  1. You will need to download the image to your own computer. Check how big the image is. You might have to resize it first so it will fit neatly in your post about 450 pixels maximum width.   By resizing first, re-saving then uploading to your post, it takes up less storage space.
  2. Back to your blog post. To insert an image, you click on the upload/insert icon above the post dashboard.
  3. You are inserting from your computer.
  4. Select to find your image and open it.
  5. The Edublogs platform will crunch your image.
  6. Make sure you have checked the alignment of your image and the size of the image then click insert into post.

If using Firefox or uploading direct from a URL

You don’t need to save the image.

Go to your post dashboard and click the upload/insert icon.

Click on from URL.

Your screen will now look like this.

  1. Go back to pics4learning. Right click on image and copy image location. Come back to your blog screen and paste this in “URL area“.
  2. Go back to pics4learning. Right click and copy link location. Back to your blog screen and paste in” link image to area“.

Choose your alignment and click on insert into post.

 

What about giving attribution from pics4learning?

This is very easy. Go back to the page where your image is on pics4learning. Below the image is a citation area. Highlight and copy this information, then paste it in at the bottom of your blog post.

 

Vernon, Mitch. ar17.jpg. 2006. Pics4Learning. 28 Sep 2012 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>

How to: find and insert images

A post looks a lot more interesting if you have included an image, as long as it relates to the topic you are writing about.

But where can you get these images?

I’ll Google it

NO NO NO

Not every image on the web can be used in your blog. You need to find ones that have a creative commons license and then you need to give attribution to the owner of that image somewhere on your post.

What’s attribution?

A note to show that someone else took the photo and they have given you permission to use it.

But how can I know that?

Well check out my next few posts where I look at using Google advanced search, Flickrcc and Pics4Learning. Notice I have a link to each of these in my sidebar as well as other sites to get music, clipart and images to use.

In each post I will show you how to find and insert images to your posts as well as give attribution for the images. I will also mention how to do this using Internet Explorer and Firefox, because both need to be done differently.

Image: ‘A Picture Says A Thousand Words‘ by dullhunk