- SlideMyPics makes online slideshows of images from Flickr, Picasa, PhotoBucket (the usual suspects!). Unlike other slideshow makers, it doesn't use Flash, so the shows should work on all mobile devices. The site has very limited functionality and no facility to upload from your computer, but it couldn't be simpler to use!
- Another very simple tool is Cut My Pic! This is a basic image re-sizer, cropper and editor with a clear interface and a very useful preview function allowing you to easily modify and fine tune your image. Modified images can be downloaded or shared via email, Twitter or Facebook.
- Pixenate has more sophisticated tools and effects, but retains a fairly simple interface. You can do all the usual stuff with a chosen image and there are a range of 'fun' effects, including an instant 'Warhol-esque' effect that could save a lot of time (see below). The site offers a bookmarklet that supposedly allows the user to edit any photo on the web - useful, though the copyright infringment potential is huge!
- Despite its name, iPiccy is quite a serious image editor, which eschews 'fun' effects and offers some professional-quality image editing tools. A range of creative filters are available in a well-designed, intuitive interface.
- Games-based learning has many forms - from the deployment of commercial titles as digital hubs for cross-curricular projects to simple point-and-click games - but it is rare to find an educational game which combines high production values, attractive design and the capacity to engage children in higher-order problem solving around challenging concepts. Refraction is such a game. Tying in nicely to the requirements of the draft National Curriculum for mathematics in key stage two (a document to make the blood run cold) in relation to fractions, the game takes an unusual approach - dividing and sub-dividing laser beams - but, has the potential to actively engage children in exploring fractional values through gameplay. Impressive.
Below are some more tools for manipulating and editing images - all produce quite impressive effects using simple child-friendly interfaces. The final link is to one of the best educational games I have come across in a long time!
Just thought I would add a few favourite images of mine from 2011 to the Blog. You are welcome to re-use, though I'd welcome a credit - you can view a larger image size by clicking on the pic. The first is a view of the Copeland Islands from Groomsport in Northern Ireland. Effects were done on an iPad.
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.