August 24, 2013

The Google Image Ripper -- Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should

Just read about a new, faster, easier way to search images, in this article: Google: Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier to Use.

The site described is Google Image Ripper, and it is not affiliated with Google in any way.



I must take issue with this API!

Why would you want to download an image without first visiting the website?

What about copyright and proper attribution? Why would you not want to know who the owner of an image is in order to give due credit?

Fast and easy do not equal desirable in this case. Just because you can doesn't necessarily mean you should.

We want our students to carefully select the images they use in their presentations and projects.

Here are two screencasts I created for our students that show a couple of ways to find creative commons images quite easily.

How to Find Free-to-Use Images using Creative Commons and Google Image Search
Finding Reusable Images in Google Presentations

Yes, it's that important to take the time to find free-to-use images!

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08/25/13 Update: Here's a solution I would be happy with, as mentioned in a Google+ conversation with Phil Bradley:

A statement on the Google Image Ripper landing page:

"Note: remember that images may be subject to copyright. "

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August 13, 2013

School Libraries as Maker Spaces -- A Few Resources to √ Out

Having a discussion about school libraries as maker spaces?

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the resources available. It's simply a list of resources that caught my eye.

Please add your suggestions in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

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Check out this fantastic slideshare by Buffy Hamilton:



There are some great ideas here: A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces from OEDB, March 20, 2013.

Look: American Libraries Manufacturing Makerspaces (public libraries), 

Scheduled for release October 30, 2013 is School Library Makerspaces, Grades 6-12 by Library Media Specialist Leslie B. Preddy. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

How about this nifty timelapse?



Thanks to school librarian colleague Anne Torige for sharing this resource-filled link with me:
30 STEM Networks and Maker Resources from GettingSmart, August 11, 2013.

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I'm sure there are more great resources about school libraries as makerspaces out there.

Please share your favorites in the comments!
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