I took the story Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman, out of the State adopted Houghton Mifflin Language Arts text and developed a little PowerPoint presentation to strengthen vocabulary lessons in the text book. Using Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/, and the images other photographers have taken and shared on the site under Creative Commons licensing, I combined them with the story’s vocabulary lessons. The initial investment in time of gathering the complimenting Flickr images to go with the story vocabulary will be reused over and over in subsequent lesson examples. This example will demonstrate how to search for images licensed under Creative Commons copyright, save them to your local computer with their original author’s information embedded into the images so they are easy to cite when used later. These images will be combined with the key vocabulary words to create a simple PowerPoint presentation that you could use with your students.
1. Create a title slide of the cover of your story using your cell phone and edit the image online in the free software called Picnik.
2. Search Flickr for photographs licensed under Creative Commons
3. Create your PowerPoint Vocabulary Presentation
Let me know how it goes and if you create a vocabulary based PowerPoint send me a copy so we can share!
Next time, learn how to take your finished PowerPoint presentation and repurpose it in different formats for additional "learning mileage!"
Until next time...