Cache the Wave: Monday, July 12, 2010

Add Creative Spark to your Classroom with Some Free, Easy-to-Use Internet Tools

Big Huge Labs is an Internet site which allows you to create some fun, creative projects using digital photos. Products such as Motivational Poster, Mosaic Maker, Jigsaw, Badge Maker, Trading Cards, Cube, and so many more. We will explore the site, create some of the projects, and brainstorm on uses in the classroom. Can be used for teacher materials or let the students explore ways to use this site for creative projects.

Big Huge Labs Blog: http://bighugelabs.com/blog/
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Scrapblog is a very easy and fun way to share and print your photos. With Scrapblog, you can create beautiful and completely one-of-a-kind layouts, share them, and print high-quality photobooks, greeting cards or postcards. Scrapblog is a way to add creativity to your images/presentations for teacher/student projects. You can add images, text, video, background, and music.

Scrapblog Video Tour: http://www.scrapblog.com/tour/tour.aspx
Scrapblog Blog: http://blog.scrapblog.com/
Follow Scrapblog on Twitter: http://twitter.com/scrapblog

Online notice board maker giving you a virtual space where you can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Notice board can be shared between people all over the world. As well as text notes you can add images, video, and links to other websites.
You have the ability to approve every post BEFORE it shows up on the wall. A neat way of getting a shared space to collect ideas from people for a brainstorm; post resources for a topic; scratch pad for students research; a way to build story openings; students post questions about a topic. Students could ask questions about a topic which you (or each other) can then answer. Embed the Wall Wisher Notice Board into your blog, wiki, or website.

Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom (by Tom Barrett) available at: http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_436f8kscmdc
105 Classroom Ideas for Wallwisher: http://seanbanville.com/2010/06/26/wallwisher-105-classroom-ideas/

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