The free version allows users to create or edit images/graphics using tools similar to those found in other programs such as Photoshop, Fireworks, and Gimp. Users can save the images to their computer or to SumoPaint (with account) as a SUMO, .png, or .jpg file.
To help you get started, SumoPaint has a help feature allowing users to select the tool they want to know more about and often times see a video that shows how that tool works. You can also find some tutorial videos on YouTube.
Whether you are trying to make minor edits like removing red-eye from a photo or creating graphics from scratch, SumoPaint can help.
Brooke Higgins is an Instructional Specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can read more at her blog Higgins Helpful Hints Blog.
Do you want to have your students blog without going through the process of setting up a blog site and assigning logins? Try Instablogg, a free blogging tool that simply allows users to publish one post at a time without having to set up an entire blog. Each post is given a unique URL for sharing.
Issuu is an online magazine publishing service that anyone can use. As far as classroom application, it seems it would be a great tool for a large interdisciplinary project or even a portfolio. Watch the video and see what you think.
Finally, every 21st century classroom needs an image editing program, but software like Photoshop or Fireworks can be expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of great, free alternative out there. Check Web Design Booth‘s list of Photoshop alternatives here.
As you can see, there is no shortage of free and effective tools online. It’s just a matter of hunting them down and spending time learning how to use them. I guess that’s what summers are for.
Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.
I found this tool, offered by Google, by watching my daughter use it to make a collage with some of her photos for a class project. Picnik is easy to use and has educational uses. Read more about how it is being used in the classroom.
With Picnik, you can edit photos quickly and easily wherever they are, mix photos together to make a collage, turn photos into a scrapbook or greeting card, and build slide shows to share with the world.
Chris Lohman is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.