Specially Thai

We’ve been contacted by a K-8 Music Teacher at St. Edward’s Catholic Parish/School, Racine, Wisconsin in the USA.
Her 7th graders are beginning a world music unit. One of the groups chose Thailand. We’ve been asked if we could possibly share some music or dancing that comes from Thailand.

Isn’t it lucky that we’ve just celebrated Songkran, with our special ES Songkran Assembly? In the assembly, lots of Elementary students got to perform two traditional thai dances with our very own students providing the music for one of them as well! Even luckier, was our fabulous Thai Teaching Assistants & two ES teachers singing the King’s Anthem.

We hope that you enjoy the 3 videos we’ve prepared for you, St Edward’s 7th Graders – and we’re ready to answer any questions you may have – please leave us any comments or questions by clicking on the red comments link (at the bottom of this post).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCrFXdKj2F4[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAel8P5ro8E[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDlXCZ_EnMY[/youtube]

Wylio – Embedding Creative Commons Images & Attribution Made Easy!

Introducing Wylio.com **** Updated scroll to bottom****

To use when you need to embed a Creative Commons image in a blog post.

This site is SO simple, so easy and only 4 steps from finding a creative commons image to embedding it in a post for your blog!!

Step 1

Free Pictures - Wylio.com

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All images uploaded with Skitch!

You can still use compfight – but wylio is so much easier for embedding creative commons images & the bonus is the attribution is done for you – all in only 4 EASY steps!

***Update****

Wylio.com - free pictures

Of course, in this ever changing world of technology – Wylio has changed slightly since I first posted about it!
Due to it’s growing popularity ….. Wylio now requires you to create a free account & login to use.  You can use your google account if you have one!

My advice, for classroom teachers would be to create a class google account for Wylio – one email address, one password – for the whole class to remember.
(A class google account can come in handy for all kinds of other things in the classroom – another blog post for later).

Using Compfight, Downloading Images & Giving Attribution

IMPORTANT NOTE:
These instructions are only if you need to download creative commons images to your desktop to use in another programme on your computer – such as KeyNote, PowerPoint, iMovie, Word, SMARTNotebook etc.

(These instructions refer specifically to PowerPoint, but can be applied to other programmes.)

If you are looking for Creative Commons images to use on your blog, (in a prezi or anything else that’s online and can take embed code) – check out this post with instructions instead.

  1. Open Firefox.  Type this URL in the address – compfight.com
  2. Microsoft Word-1
  3. Type in your search word (keyword) and click search
  4. VERY IMPORTANT! (see arrows for the settings)
    Make sure Creative Commons, Safe Search & Show originals are black (not blue)
    Don’t click on the Shutterstock images (on the right-hand side) they aren’t free!

  5. Click on the image you like (a new tab will open).

    Image search for white clouds | Compfight | A Flickr™ Search Tool

    Download Steps

  1. Click on the Action button; scroll down to View all sizes.
  2. Make sure the size is at least 600 x 600 (or bigger). Sometimes it’s called the Large or the Original size
    actions_allsizes
  3. Click on the Download link.
  4. All sizes | DSCN2106 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!-1

  5. VERY IMPORTANT STEP
    This dialogue box will open:

    saving

    Make sure the dot is in the “Open with” circle.  Click OKWAIT for the photo to open.

  6. Click File, scroll down to click on Save As …
  7. Rename the file (what is the photo?). Make sure you keep the .jpg (file extension).
    Save to Desktop.  Click Save.Save Image

    Close the photo file & the download box but DO NOT close Firefox

  8. Use the back button on Firefox.
  9. backbutton

  10. Highlight and copy (command c) the URL of the image you have used.
  11. url highlight

  12. Use the F3 key on the keyboard to find your PowerPoint.
    Paste the URL on the last slide. (Attribution Slide)
    Use the F3 key to go back to the flickr page.
    Find the name of the owner of the image. (top right hand side)
  13. Ever wondered why blue jeans and white shirt is such a timeless classic combination? | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

  14. Write that name on the PowerPoint slide too. (see below)

Remember – proper Attribution (giving credit to the owner of a piece of work) means:

  • Write down their Name (either Real Name or Online Name)
  • Include a link (URL) to where you found their work

You can download a PDF version of these instructions here:  Using Compfight

Google Maps

Grade 5 is using Google Maps to track environmental/sustainability issues that impact on our world.  Using green, red or yellow markers, (positive, negative or neutral impact) students will be using global news sites to keep a record of what issues are occurring in the world with regard to sustainability. Each placemarker has a brief summary about what the issue is, where it’s occurring and what impact it is having on our world.

An example from last year
(click on the link below the map to view in a larger map – it’s better!)

View Sustainability News RM231 in a larger map

How to log into Google Maps and begin to edit the map:

Google Maps1
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Google Maps2
Uploaded with Skitch!
googlemaps3
Uploaded with Skitch!
googlemap4
Uploaded with Skitch!
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Uploaded with Skitch!

Typing PAL Online

Our Grade 3 – 5 students are enrolled in Typing PAL Online.  We’re using it as a home learning task rather than a specific time task in the classroom.

Typing Pal Online is a 100% web-based keyboarding tutor tailored to students and teachers needs. All Grade 3, 4 & 5 classes are set up and students are registered.  You can use Typing Pal online whenever you are ready to.  As this typing practice is online, students can complete their typing courses at home.  The advantage of using Typing Pal is that you can track your progress.  It’s very easy to use and the teachers can adjust the program to meet the needs of their students.

Student Login: your Student ID

Student Password: student

Welcome to Typing Pal School

Searching Creative Commons Images

Just because it is there, does not mean you have the right to take it and use it!

We’ve been talking about using other people’s work in our work.  Our Enduring Understanding is based on the quote above.  So how do you know if you can use someone else’s image?  We must assume that all work that does not belong to us is copyrighted.  That means it belongs to someone else and you don’t have the right to use it unless you are granted permission.

The internet is a great thing though and there are some sites that search only for “works” that very generous people have granted us permission to use – otherwise known as “Creative Commons”.

Compfight is a great search engine that, if told too, will only search flickr for “creative commons” images.  These are the images that we are allowed to use – but there are some conditions sometimes.  We have been learning about those conditions.  Each condition has a specific symbol:

Licenses - Creative Commons

You can find out more about the 6 different creative commons licenses here.

Here’s how compfight works and how you can then embed the image into your blog post without downloading and reuploading the image to your blog.

Compfight | A Flickr2122 Search Tool

Compfight will search for images tagged with the words you have entered in the search box. Sometimes you might come across an image that isn’t appropriate, even though you have the safe search on – you know what to do – click away, and tell an adult what happened.

Image search for freedom | Compfight | A Flickr2122 Search Tool

Another tab will pop open – it will be the flickr page that stores the image you have chosen. You want the html code of the image so that you can embed it in your post. (Using the html code eliminates the need for the image file to be uploaded to your blog). Make sure you chose the size you want (Most blog themes have a post size of 500pixels – so the medium sized image is usually big enough to fit inside your post – you can always make your image smaller once it’s inside your post BUT you cannot make it bigger, so don’t choose a too small size).

FREE BIRD! | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Next you need to paste the html code into your blog post. Make sure you are on the html tab NOT the visual tab. See the picture below:

Add New Post 2039 Room 231 2014 WordPress

Once you’ve pasted the html code inside your post, click on the Visual tab to see the image. If you want to embed another image, remember to change back to the html tab.

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All that is left to do now is to attribute the image.

FREE BIRD! | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Image attribution is often found at the bottom of a blog post. It should look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn

or it could look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21107552@N06/2958531182/

Either way, the person’s name is included and there is a link back to where you found the actual image. Make sure that you don’t have .jpg at the end of the link – that’s not the right link!

Did you notice that you have to do a lot of switching back and forth from one website to another?   That’s why it’s so good to use the tabs in Firefox.  Have the backend of your blog open on one tab, and compfight open on another tab.

Add New Post 2039 Room 231 2014 WordPress

Creative Commons Licenses Information taken from: http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/