I was curious about Elizabeth’s discussion of Flickr toys or mashups so I decided to check them out.
As interesting as Mappr looks, I couldn’t actually figure out how to use it! It looks like it only draws upon the public images in Flickr. In contrast, once you subscribe to Trippermap and log in, you can access your Flickr pictures and it emails you when your map is ready. As someone who travels lots, I like the capability of using my own images in the classroom as I am able to share the stories behind them.
I also like the Flickr Postcard Browser. This online application allows you to type in a keyword and public images on Flickr will be posted on your screen on a black background like postcards. Once again I searched Moscow. I also searched Alberta. You can click on one image and then scroll through the images using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
This one reminds me of elementary school when sentences had words in them and you had to identify the word. Or we did word riddles that were all pictures. flickReplacr is saved in your bookmarks. When at a webpage, highlight a word, click on the bookmark and it will replace it with an image. Unfortuantely, my Internet Explorer at home is an older version so the images didn’t show up. I look forward to trying this one at school on FireFox as I’m finding that IE isn’t keeping up with lots of the widgets.
Somewhat related, now that I think of it, I first heard the word widgets at a professional development session in the fall that was sharing some of the new resources available at LearnAlberta.ca and the Online Reference Centre. A consultant mentioned that to be able to use lots of the widgets, we would need to use Firefox. I would think the same would apply to these mashups. Now I know what he was talking about!
Unfortunately, for security reasons, WordPress does not support Flash so the Flickr Badge will not work in my blog. (Neither will the dictionary.com Word of the Day that Rhonda has set up in her sidebar but WordPress does provide some alternatives that use the RSS widget.)
Rhonda’s linked to fd’s Flickr Toys where you can create your own inspirational posters among many other things. Don’t forget to scroll down on this page as I did the first time. This Create a Customized Movie Poster From Your Digital Photos could be a new spin on an old assignment where students create a movie poster for a book they are reading. Or students could Create a Customized Magazine Cover for what they predict will be the new story or most influential person of the year.
These actually reminded me of a Wanted Poster creator that I have used. I make them up for displays of authors of different books or for visiting authors. Kids really enjoy it and could make their own of characters in books or history for example.
There are more ideas at the larger site, GlassGiant.com, where you can put your name on a photo of rocket or customize the letters of the famous Holleywood sign. These images could then be incorporated into blogs or digital storytelling.