A Cyberpilgrim's List of Web 2.0 Tools for Ministry

Archive for the ‘Images’ Category

Pixlr

Tool: Pixlr

Pixlr is an online toolset for creating, editing, enhancing graphics. The toolset includes:

Image Drawn with Pixlr

Drawn image, imagine what you can do with some talent!

Prayer

Original Image

Prayer Reworked

Prayer reworked with Pixlr Express

Cross

Original Photo

Cross

Cross “retouched” with Pixlr-o-matic

and more…

This is a great tool for your digital storytelling projects. PLUS, you can enhance your images, and then upload them in Animoto to create even better copyright free videos! Don’t forget that you can make slides in PowerPoint and/or Keynote with stylized text, save the slides as jpg images, then further enhance them in Pixlr. Imagine your learners snapping photos corresponding to the Stations of the Cross, reworking them in Pixlr, and creating an Animoto video with appropriate music recording using the free program Audacity.

If you believe that you can now create, enhance or edit graphics or photos – click the “Like” button.  Once you create something to engage your students, come back and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear from you.

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Pinterest for Ministry

Pinterest, the popular newcomer to social networking that focuses on images and allows you to create interest-based “boards” is a great tool for sharing visual links to catechetical ideas, images, videos, projects and more and more.  Basically a virtual bulletin board on which you can pin any web link  that has an image associated with it, it is a favored site of crafters and art-lovers, but there are a great many Catholic boards to be found, as well as boards associated with technology  ideas.  Some major Catholic organizations and publishers such as the Diocese of Cleveland and  Our Sunday Visitor have boards as well.

The search function at the upper left enables you to find virtually any topic. To see how catechists and Catholic home schoolers are using Pinterest, simply put “Religious Ed” into the search box.  Searching for “catechesis” gets another series of results. Some catechists use Pinterest to bookmark and share craft and teaching ideas.  This sample of a Religious Education board is a great inspiration piece.

Religious Education Board

As you can see, this catechist includes crafts, recipes, seasonal items, lesson ideas and more.  What’s more, exploring pins on a board like this will connect you with other sources of catechetical ideas.

Since the age-requirement for Pinterest is 13, like Facebook and other social networks, it is more likely a catechist of children would use it to connect with parents or other catechists.  A board for a parish program, for instance, could be a great place to pin resource ideas for catechists and parents in the program, including links to helpful videos and articles.

Pinterest can also be a source for images and bookmarks to great items for obvious catechetical themes, such as Eucharist , Saints or Sacraments. Since Pinterest is a public space which includes many people who are not Catholic, it is necessary to sort and filter posts for appropriateness  and Catholicity of some items, but it is likely that usage will continue to grow and more Catholics will pin their favorite links to boards for you to discover and share.

How do you use Pinterest? Are there more ways a religious educator can make use of it?  Please add your ideas in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Aviary

Tool: Aviary for iPad and other iOS devices

Aviary WAS an online toolset for editing, enhancing and creating online.

However, they have moved away from the Flash based toolset and created a free app for the iPad, iPod and iPhone. It seems that they are working on a version for the Android OS as well.

You can add text, stickers and choose from many free effects, or purchase additional effect sets in app. Here is an example of a photo with text, a crown, a little brightness adjustment and an effect. Imagine what you can do with photos you snap of your learners’ drawings… and a little graphical talent.

Cross before Aviary for the iPad

This is the original photo of a Cross

Cross reworked with Aviary for the iPad

Reworked with Aviary for the iPad – notice the crown and the text

More information is available at Aviary.com, including a demo.

If you believe that you can now enhance or edit graphics and photos – click the “Like” button.  Once you create something to engage your students, come back and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear from you.

Flickr

Tool: Flickr

Flickr Banner

Flickr is a popular tool for photo sharing. It allows users to keep images private or share them with the world. How do you upload your photos? By using either your computer or your cell phone.

If you are doing a class project, you get a personal Flickr e-mail address, where you can send pictures directly from any cell phone. This is wonderful for educators because teachers or catechists may want students to contribute to the same resource, and students can send pictures from any cell phone to the same Flickr account.

If you are looking for photos to use for projects or presentations, there are many photo’s with a Creative Commons License. This makes it easy for you to use creative materials and respect copyrighted materials. find and use images for class projects or presentations.

Liz Kolbe in Toys to Tools, suggests creating Digital Image Storybooks.

With the assistance of Flickr, students can take pictures and tell a story with their cell phones. The story can be a documentary about a personal experience outside of school (such as learning something new, researching a content-based topic, or getting over a fear), or it could be a fictional story that they make up and illustrate with images from everyday life. Using their cell phones, students take pictures for their digital image stories and send them immediately to their private Flickr account. Once they have their pictures in Flickr, they create a slide show and write a description for each photo that tells the story. When finished, students can post the links to their digital image stories on the school Web site or send them in e-mails. Parents, teachers, and other students can them provide feedback on the digital image stories. (79)

Begin to imagine your students being storytellers about their sacramental events – e.g., Confirmation. Or telling the story of their brother or sister’s Baptism, or any other special faith event that is a good story!

To learn more about this tool, I would encourage you to visit the following:

You will also find A guide To Using FlickR in Education a very helpful wiki. Robyn Jay, and education program manager from Sydney, Australia offers some very helpful information.

These two resources will provide you with background to help you learn more about this Web 2.0 tool. If you believe that you will take time to learn how to use Flickr in your ministry, click the “Like” button. Of course, we want to hear your stories of how you are using Flickr in what you do! Come back and share later if you like.

Morguefile

Tool: Morguefile

Morguefile is a site that allows photographers to share their high quality photos very generously. Although it isn’t the most extensive collection, you do not have to worry about copyright considerations.

Here is a quick tutorial to help you get started:


 
If you believe that you can now create a discussion tool that you and others can use to submit text – click the “Like” button.  Once you create a “survey” to engage your students at home, come back and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear from you.