Well, perhaps one useful place to start is with the following blog from John Spencer: Eight Free Photo Sites that Require No Attribution. It’s definitely a good place to start with ensuring that you have the appropriate permission to use the images that you have found on NILE, or in your slides.
P.S. The rest of his blog is pretty good too – worth signing up for as he sends out some useful tips and tricks for in the classroom and although generally directed at school teachers, I’ve picked up a few good ideas along the way – including this one
Clear signposting for learners is really important but getting a consistent style to a site or learning unit can be difficult. Google have released 750 icons as a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) resource that provides a large number of formats and sizes. You can download it from https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/releases – this is a big file though, over 50MB.
Although font format is missing from this package, Sergey Kupletsky has created one that you can use if you prefer that approach (most modern professional web sites use this method nowadays).
The combination of all these formats should mean that it is relatively easy to create websites, learning units and even printed material that follows the same design.
(First published in the Nile External resources site)
Images and interactivity encourage students to explore content more willingly that a list of links and anything that can facilitate students to generate and share content themselves outside of the rather clunky discussion boards and blogs within NILE is always welcome.
thinglink is a free picture annotation tool website that allows content to be linked to external resources and then be embedded in your NILE site or blog. There are also editors available as IOS or Android apps.
Possible uses are as a ‘visual portal’ for students to access further information and resources or – if the thinglink is set to public – as a shared activity where students can add links and annotations to a picture as a class or as part of a group.
You can find more details and try using example thinglinks in this NILEX review.
Thanks to Belinda Green for spotting the usefulness of this app in Education and sharing.
We are often asked in CAIeROs where to obtain images that are licensed for use in material that could be part of an Open Resource. There is nothing worse than having to pick out images from a potential OER because of copyright problems. This article on Zembl is a really useful guide to where you can find suitable images.
Some images saved from the web, particularly on Windows 7 computers, are saved without the file extension. So for example when you look at a jpeg image file on your computer, you will see the filename, but without the .jpg extension on the end. If you upload this image in to NILE, it’s possible that it will not display properly, and you will see a red ‘x’ in its place (as below).
To work around this, please ensure that your file has the correct extension. If it does not, rename the file and add the appropriate extension before uploading.
Please note that this issue does not seem to apply to Macs, which save file type information in a different way. We would still recommend though that mac users add file extensions before uploading files to NILE, so that the files can also be accessed by Windows users if necessary.
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