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Thursday #eC12 – eIS Smackdown!

Such a fun session to attend…with 4 Instructional Specialists tag-team presenting their favorite online tools everyone had to see an interactive website they hadn’t seen before. I walked away with some new goodies to add to my bag of tricks and pass them on to the teachers I get to work with.

What tools would you share?

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center and presenter at the eMINTS Conference 2012.

It’s eMINTS Conference Week!

Every winter, the eMINTS National Center hosts a conference for educational technology practitioners and eMINTS teachers to get together and share resources, methods, and loads of great technology. The conference is part of our professional development program, but many other educators and alumni love to come back for inspiration and energy to carry them through the winter months.

Typically, we post updates from the conference on another blog space, but this year we’re moving the operation here to Networked Teaching and Learning. I’ll do a couple of pre-conference posts here and there, but full updates should start on Wednesday. You may also want to follow me on Twitter and the hashtag #eC12.

Conference sessions begin Wednesday with some pre-conference workshops. Thursday and Friday are the main days for the conference with keynote speakers set to open each day. Thursday’s keynote is delivered by Dr. Todd Whitaker where he’ll discuss “What Great Teachers Do Differently”. Friday’s keynote speaker is our old friend Bernie Dodge. Bernie will present on “The Power of Student-Made Questions”.

Even if you missed your chance to register for this year’s conference, you can follow the action here or on Twitter as mentioned above. It should a be a fun few days of some great educational discussions.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.

Wanted: free and easy photo editing

I love digital photography but like most people don’t have the time and/or money to learn to use a complicated program like Photoshop but I still want the same results. I found that in Picnik (my most favorite online photo editing tool). Sadly they have announced that they are closing their “doors” on April 19, I have been on the hunt for the next great, easy to use, free, online photo editing tool. I may have found it.

After sharing my woes (aka whining) about Picnik disappearing to a couple of my friends over and over and over they each sent me emails mentioning the same new tool they found called iPiccy.

All I have to say is WOW! iPiccy is great! A web-based platform that allows for easy editing and sharing but also has an advanced image processing allowing users to do even more with images. You can start with a picture on your computer, the web, your webcam, Facebook, or you can even start from scratch. iPiccy has editing, effects, retouching, adding text, and a painter mode so users can apply basic edits but they also add filters and effects change images to black and white, add frames and borders, and so much more.  They even a full screen mode. There are not as many bells and whistles as my beloved Picnik but it comes closer than any other online photo editor I have found so far.

Did I mention that it is all free??? There is no need to create an account. Just work with your image until you are happy with it and save it to your computer, get the image link, or share it to Facebook (keeping my fingers crossed for sharing with Flickr someday soon and other additions soon). One disclaimer….iPiccy is still under Beta and may end up charging for their services, but for now it is answering all my photo editing needs and fits perfectly in my budget.

For you other Picnik lovers, I read that some of their tools are part of Google+ (don’t even get me started on Google+). I checked it out today and found that a very small portion of the once extensive tools are available. For now…all features of Picnik are free for everyone to use until they quite offering their service in April.

What are some of your favorite online photo editing tools?

Brooke Higgins is an aspiring photographer and instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can read more at her blog Higgins Helpful Hints Blog.