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Friday, June 12 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Worth 1,000 Words: Finding and Designing Visuals for Your Projects

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Today’s teachers and students have access to an unprecedented number of free images. There’s no need to pilfer them from a Google search when you know where to look for good public domain and creative commons photographs, clipart, and symbols.

The purpose of this session to is promote the use of images to illustrate ideas. You will become familiar with resources for finding copyright-friendly images, and learn some tips for designing your own visuals. It doesn’t matter what kind of computer or device you’re using because the online image libraries are web-based and work on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iPad, and Android. While specific design apps might not be available for all platforms, alternative apps will be mentioned that can accomplish similar tasks.

Visuals are a powerful and effective way to share your message or tell your story. Developing the ability to choose or create images can help students learn to communicate in today’s increasingly visual world. By choosing or creating their own images, students can better interpret the visual media they come in contact with. Using images helps grab attention, especially on social media, and well designed visuals can convey big ideas quickly. That’s why projects that incorporate visuals are more appealing to an audience. Furthermore, visuals can certainly help teacher's improve their instruction and can make communication with parents and students more effective.

Participants in this session learn by critiquing examples, seeing demonstrations, and hearing think-alouds. The online handout includes links to libraries of public domain and Creative Commons images. The handout also has video tutorials and helpful resources so that you have a reference when you try out the tools after the session.

So, do you want to feel good about the images you take from the internet? Do you want to learn how you can use your own images to create visuals that have enormous impact (even if you don’t consider yourself artistic)? Then this session is for you! After all, using compelling visuals can help teachers and students craft spectacular projects.

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Tony Vincent

Learning & Technology Consultant, Tony Vincent, Inc.
Tony Vincent started teaching fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska seventeen years ago when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. Later his students spent each school year adding to their classroom site, Planet 5th. They published writing, photos, journals, art, videos, and more. Planet 5th became so popular that it... Read More →

Friday June 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Canyon III

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