Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools Pages Are Evolving......

As I continue to post my Web 2.0 resources, they will be added to the new pages at the top of my blog. As usual, your suggestions are always welcome.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools: 30 FREE Photo Editing Programs


With so many free photo editing programs on the web, why worry that you can't afford to purchase Adobe Photoshop? This listing has programs which are online as well as those you need to download on your computer.



Amazifier- online photo retouching, effects, stamps and seals; free

Animoto- upload your photos, video and music and Animoto makes it into a slick video. Free for 30 second videos; educational prices available for longer video.

Aviary- online photo editing plus much more

Cellsea- draw on images,rotate, resize, fix brightness, special effects including distorting

Citrify-edit photos online using a Flash-based program

CleVR- online photo stitching software; make panoramas

Dr. Pic- basic online photo editing

FlauntR- add effects, blend world famous painting with yours, add fancy fonts and backgrounds

Fotobabble- add your voice to photos; student projects will come to life

FotoFlexer- fonts, effects, doodling, layers, retouching, distortions and advanced effects


Hornil StylePix- download the freeware and use the many editing functions 


ImageChef- customize photos and clip art

iPiccy- edit pictures with paint, text and many tools

Lunapic- supports many image and video types; 200+ effects including reflecting animation, retro color

Pixa-social photo sharing service

Panraven- online editing for photos plus lots of cool stuff

Photoscape- download for Windows only; batch editing, clone stamp, create animated GIFs

Photoshop.com- online version of the popular graphics program

Photovisi- create photo collages

Picasa- Google's photo editing; download for Windows or Mac

Picnik- cool online editor owned by Google

Pixer.us- basic online photo editing

Pixlr- online photo editing

ResizR- easy online image resize

Shape Collage- free automatic photo collage maker

Snipshot- basic adjustments are free; pro account required for most other effects

Splashup- multiple image editing, pixel-level control, and basic Photoshop-like tools. Try Splashup Light if you are a photographer and want more control. (download necessary)

SumoPaint- online interface resembles Photoshop; filters, effects, photo editing, drawing, cloning. blurring and more

Windows Live Photo Gallery- face recognition and retouching; for Windows only

Zoner Photo Studio- view, edit, manage photos; download for Windows only

Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Edublog Awards Nominations Are Open!

Last year I was fortunate enough to win an Edublog Award (First Runner Up) in the Best Library blog category. It was such an honor just to be nominated!


Since 2004, The Edublog Awards ("Eddies") have been given to recognize the contributions that bloggers have contributed to education. Anyone who has a blog can nominate their favorites in 18 categories:



  1. Best individual blog
  2. Best individual tweeter
  3. Best group blog
  4. Best new blog
  5. Best class blog
  6. Best student blog
  7. Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  8. Most influential blog post
  9. Best twitter hashtag
  10. Best teacher blog
  11. Best librarian / library blog
  12. Best School Administrator blog
  13. Best free web tool
  14. Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  15. Best educational wiki
  16. Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  17. Best educational use of a social network
  18. Lifetime achievement
Here's how to nominate:
  • Write a post with your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to the Edublogs Awards site
  • Use the form at the bottom of the Nominations Page to send a link to your nominations
I will be posting my nominations in the next few weeks.

27 Sites to Create Comics and Animations Online

Aniboom-virtual animation studio

Animasher- create an animation

Animoto for Education- unlimited videos for you and your students
Be Funky- change a photo into a cartoon; other cool effects

Bubblr- create a comic strip with Flickr photos

Cartoonist- from Creaza's suite of tools

Chogger- comic can be 3-12+ frames; draw your own picture or take a live picture to use

Comicbrush- use your own drawing or photo, their library of characters, backgrounds and balloons, then add your own text.

Comic Master- create an online graphic novel

Funny Times Cartoon Playground- choose body parts to create the characters for your cartoon

GoAnimate- create animated cartoon with their backgrounds, characters, voices and effects; free version is limited to 2 minutes. Here is the link for GoAnimate for Schools.


Hero Machine- create the hero of your dreams

Kerpoof!- for younger kids

Make Beliefs Comix-dialogue can be written in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish; edit size of balloons, characters.

My ComicStrip

Pixton- $$, works on Mac, Windows or Linux computers; just add characters to the layout of choice and add text.


Sketch Star- create an animation

Stage'd- digital toy for creating comics

Strip Generator-choose how many fromes you want and cfreate a black and white comic.

Super Action Comic Maker- create a 6-frame comic

Super Hero Squad- create a 1-3 frame comic with a choice of background, characters and special effects.

ToonDoo- "just a few clicks, drag and drops..."

Witty Comics-use background templates, add characters and text.

Write Comics-registration is not needed; choose a background, characters and add your own text.

Xtranormal for Education- special pricing for schools


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