The Learning 2.0 School

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Quick Photo Editing in the Classroom

Posted by Michelle Torrise on April 17, 2009

The scenario is that your students are creating a webpage on a particular contemporary author for your British Literature class.  You would like them to include an image of the author and cover art from from the author’s books.  You would also like them to include an image of themselves on an “About Me” page.

Q. Assuming your students already know how to use Photoshop, how do you accomplish this without having to take an entire period (or two) in the computer lab?

A. There are many free and easy tools available on the Internet that don’t require special software or setup time.  The only prep you might have is to set up login id’s for each student.   This in itself can be time consuming, however, so consider setting them in advance.

My favorite program for the above scenario is Picnik – I chose the cover art from Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jone’s Diary.” I worked on my image for about 5 minutes with the following results.

A big plus in using Picknik is that I did not need to set up an account, so I was able to upload my photo, edit, download, and upload again on demand, in a matter of minutes.


Source:  Image of cover art from MetroActive Books,http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/06.25.98/lit-fielding-hornby-9825.html.

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