There are thousands of beautiful and powerful images on the Web for educational use, and some of the best are found on Discovery Streaming. These images are great for so many educational projects and presentations. Below are three ways to use images that may be new to you.
1. Zooburst- 3D Storybooks
This web resource is a totally captivating and very interactive way to present online stories and informational pieces. According to the site, “ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.” The virtual books have a 360 degree viewing angle. ZooBurst has a free version that allows for additional text when images are clicked. The pay version allows users to record sound for each image, create longer books, and to store more than ten stories. I haven’t had much of a chance to play with this Web 2.0 tool, but I can’t wait to explore the possibilities. Below is a sample of a ZooBurst storybook.
2. Puzzle maker
This puzzle making Web tool is easy to use and has five levels of difficulty. After generating your puzzle, this site offers a URL or an embed code to share your image’s jigsaw puzzle.
This Web 2.0 tool is free and provides a twist on Google Earth Tours. Add Discovery images for added punch. Because this animated map generator incorporates timelines, history topics would be a natural fit. Quoting the site, “Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video – they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!”
Below are two examples to see Animaps in action.
Don’t forget about Picnik, a great tool for photo editing. http://www.picnik.com/
With this web resource you can personalize editable Discovery images before using them in your great new projects.
Your “image-ination” is the key to turning images into powerful teaching tools.