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26 November 2009

Google sites has

Google Sites is back! For a while, Google Sites was a "discontinued" product - but it's back, in a new, improved interface.


There are now "templates for Google Sites. The templates gallery is filled with useful example sites ranging from wedding websites to corporate intranets, which you can copy and customize so they're just right. This lets you create a useful, visually appealing collaborative workspace in seconds." (link)

25 November 2009

Flying Penguins

First, watch this video:

Do you think this news from the BBC is true? Do you believe what you see in the video?  Did you believe it up to a certain point in the film?

Now watch this video:

18 November 2009

Google Image Swirl

Google Labs has released a new image search page.  It's called  Image Swirl, and it  builds on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a novel, exploratory interface. It's a picture version of Wonder Wheel Search Tool.

Enter a search term, and click Search Images. (Because this is still a trial, some keywords are not searchable. Be patient). I searched for images of the word "color".

Once you find the group of images you're interested in, you can click on the thumbnail and a cluster of images will "swirl" into view. For example, here's what you'll see if you click the image in the top row, second from the right.

Mouse over one of the results, and you will see a link to a new page which contains the image. When you click on it, you're taken to the page.

Go to Image Swirl, and try it out.  It gives you a new way to relate images, and refine search terms.

15 November 2009

Wonder Wheel Search Tool

Have you tried this?

Google Search Engineer Adam talks about everything you can do with Google's Wonder Wheel, a tool in the Search Options Panel. Wonder Wheel is a graphical way to explore topics by clicking on related searches that go deeper into the subject of the main query.

11 November 2009

Are you puzzled?

This morning a colleague pointed me to a web site where you can turn your photos into jigsaw puzzles:  http://www.jigsawplanet.com

I used one of the pictures I took in the Seniors class yesterday to try it out. 

Or click on the picture below to go to the Jigsaw website and do the puzzle there.
PB100030 - online jigsaw puzzle - 20 pieces
On my computer, it took a minute to load the puzzle, and I found I had to click slightly to the side of each piece to "pick it up" and move it. (Hint - you don't need to rotate the pieces to do the puzzle.

This ought to be fun on an interactive white board!

08 November 2009

making flowers

One of my groups on the bookmarking site Diigo pointed me to this interesting web page, Flower Maker.

You can start with a blank canvass, or load someone else's flower to work on. Choose how many petals you want in your flower, then the opacity (transparency) of the petal, then the shape and color. Now drag your mouse across the canvass and see what happens.

If you don't like how it looks, you can undo your last stroke, or start over.

When you click the save button,  name your flower, and it is entered in the gallery for other people to see.  If you want to save it to your computer, take a screen shot, and then open it in a photo editing program (such as Photofiltre), crop it, name it,  and save it.

I think this is a great web  page - it's easy to create very complicated designs, and explore symmetry, color, line, shape, and  design.

My only regret is that the left and right side of the page contains advertisements. Students should be advised in advance about them, and a teacher might want to check out the page to see what ads appear.  One solution is to save the page to your computer ("Save as...web page complete"), and then open the swf object you'll find in the page elements' folder in your web browser.

02 November 2009

Expressing emotions

The Seniors are beginning their investigation in to expression emotions through art.

Here's the scientific explanation:

They're going to use their webcams to practice...