Search Creative Commons

Thanks must go to the good folks at Edshelf, especially Mike Lee and the Team for coordinating the whole sheebang, for being such awesome sharers! The Creative Commons information is a part of this presentation by

I first came across Search Creative Commons about three years ago while taking the SLAV (now SLAV/ SLV) Vic PLN course. It was good, but a little clunky and results were erratic and sometimes contained images that didn’t match the search parameters.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I made a visit there today. Wow! What a difference!

A really nice interface, clear search parameters, and further streamlining of searches make this a really powerful resource. But here’s that coolest thing ever – widgets!

You can create a widget that has all the information about the photo embedded RIGHT THERE!

So, here’s an example I made using my favourite teacher-librarian type search term – “frogs”.

The original search looked like this:

Search Creative Commons

Search Creative Commons

And the search results looked like this:

Search results for "frogs" on Fotopedia

Search results for “frogs” on Fotopedia

(It went to fotopedia because that’s what I had clicked on)

I thought that I would look more closely at the first photo of the Mink Frog (see, I did learn something!), so I clicked on the little black and white i in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo (you can’t see it in the example above because it’s a hot link).

Then I came to this:

Mink Frog dialog

Mink Frog dialog


You can see that I can access more information about the Mink Frog in Wikipedia, and the page has information about the artist, and the copyright, when the photo was uploaded and the size. AND there are two buttons – Download and Embed Photo.

So, I thought I would give Embed Photo a try, think that I might get a bit of HTML (a-la YouTube) that I could insert in this post…it’s SOOOOOO much better that that!

The embed code includes all the info you need to acknowledge the work, and to use it appropriately. Have a look at the embed dialog, and the finished result:

Embed dialog

Embed dialog


(Cheat) Widget - coz WordPress is a poo!

(Cheat) Widget – coz WordPress is a poo!

Pure genius!


QR Codes – Huh?

Thanks to Penny Bentley for this video today, about using QR Codes creatively.

QR CODE – Content-rich Resume from Victor petit on Vimeo.

But that leads me to the question – what are QR codes?!!!!

Wikipedia has a pretty good explanation of how they are made and how they work. Interesting!

And just to see how they work here is the QR code for the Wikipedia article. Let’s see if it works!
QR code for Wikipedia article


Thought I would share my new Prezi.

It’s hard to use a new tool unless you’ve got something specific to make using it. So I designed this Prezi to use with my Year 9s next year to facilitate a conversation about Goalsetting, and hopefully help the students to think more deeply about their personal goals.

Week 8 – Presentation Tools

Key activities

1. Explore some of the following items:

Here is my Animoto video.

Create your own video slideshow at

I found that the software was very slow, which was quite frustrating. May have been my parents’ poor bandwidth though!

Also, Animoto ‘wastes’ about 5 seconds at the start of the 30 sec free video, probably so that you want to upgrade to Pro. I could only fit 6 photos onto a 30 sec vid, plus a title shot. That’s 5 secs per photo. Mmmm.

See my Week 7 Glogster for my thoughts on that. Not impressed. Clunky.

So here is my Voice Thread. I can see lots of uses for this in education, particularly in Art, but also in English where you could all make comments about a photo, or clip from a movie, or a character image, and get the whole class involved in the conversation. Although, it is quite complex to set up. I like that you can have a single logon for the whole class, and they just have to pick their avatar to leave a comment. I really prefer software that makes you create an avatar and a username, and alter your settings on your first use. Then you can just go ahead and use it without having to go backwards and forwards to keep fixing things. Otherwise, I like it!

Pretty funny. I got my kids involved in this one, and I think they’ve made some really funny comments. 🙂

Ha! ToonDoo is fun!

Tale of Mif


I LURV Richard Buckland. I want him to come and setup a Wiki for me! Am a bit cranky that WikiSpaces is now commercial. Boo.

So I see that PBworks may be a great alternative to Wikispaces. That’s great, as we have a number of wikis set up at work, but they are no longer going to be viable becasue they are with Wikispaces.

I’ve used Wordle, but Tagxedo is SO much more versatile. Here is my Tagxedo using the reviews from my blog.

Blog reviews Tagxedo

Blog reviews Tagxedo

2. Make a Voicethread, animoto, glog, Wordle, Tagxedo, or ToonDoo on a topic of your choice. Link or embed the results in your blog. Help for embedding is available here.

3. Which is your favourite application and why?

The wikis are my favourite app from today, just because of Richard Buckland. If he was any more enthusiastic he would burst!

He made it seem so useful, but I think that he has one very important thing going for him – the students in his course, by and large, WANT to be there. So I think that in Secondary school, you really need to bring the WANT and the SKILLS to your class before you can get the results he is talking about.

4. How could these presentation tools by used by students and teachers?

Holey moley! What a question?! My brain is buzzing as to how these could be use in classes. Mostly I keep thinking of ways that OTHER teachers could use them in class, and how I can help facilitate that.