A picture is worth a thousand words is a proverb that refers to the idea that complex stories can be told with

just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. It also aptly characterizes the goals of visualization where large amounts of data must be absorbed quickly. Teaching and Learning with Images. For many teachers PowerPoint is used primarily as a tool for designing and developing graphics. This section illustrates how PowerPoint’s potential for developing and delivering teaching resources is enhanced with the application of a range of Web 2.0 technologies. 1. Image sources: There are many WWW sources for graphics, photos and cartoons. The most popular technique for locating these sources is Google’s image search engine at http://images.google.com/ . Using Google’s Advanced Search function allows you to specify ‘file type’, ‘color’, ‘size’, and ‘faces’. Here are some teacher recommendations for locating images for teaching resources. From the EduBlogs blog:

“Finding good images is always a quest so I am beginning to put together a resource that might be helpful for teachers. I am trying to keep the explanation simple and the focus on sites that are free and quick and easy to navigate.” From the LifeHacker blog:
“You can find all sorts of freely available images for use on your site or blog with this compilation of public domain image sites from Wikipedia.” AND “Check out 6 ways you can find legally-republishable content on the web.” 2. Online Image Editors. PowerPoint can be used to create graphics and apply enhancements to photos e.g. add text, callouts, borders, cropping, etc. The PowerPoint slide/s can then be saved as .gif/.jpg images for use as a teaching resource either in a handout or online delivery tool. However, the saved image will need to be cropped to remove the part of the slide surrounding the actual image. This can be done using desktop applications such as PhotoShop and Paint or an online WWW editing service such as PICNIK or FAUXTO. These editors also enable images (graphics and photos) to be further enhanced using functions that include rotate, sharpen, resize, and special effects. For example: Image Resources Online Delivery. There are a range of web host services that provide free storage for image files. Many of these services provide image players that can be embedded in wikis, blogs and web sites. After the images, presentations or documents have been uploaded the service

provides a code in html that defines the size of a player and the file to be played. The code can be copied and embedded in a wiki or blog. For example: SLIDESHARE DEMO FOR PPOINT EMBEDS http://www.slideshare.net/dswaters/how-to-share-a-powerpoint-presentation-usingslideshare/ Bubble Share Scribd. 5. Wiki Books A wikibook is a book that can be authored collaboratively and edited by anybody. In the collaborative development of a wikibook the topics or chapters for the subject are defined and allocated to members of the group/class for development. A wiki or a space within a wiki is created for the wikibook and structured to enable chapters to be imbedded by the “book’s”authors. Content may be added directly to the wikibook or embedded from a PowerPoint or Video hosted web service e.g. Slideshare, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. Digital Stories Digital Storytelling refers to using new digital tools to help ordinary people to tell their own real-life stories. These stories usually takes the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity. The philosophy of digital storytelling is one of using technology to enable those without a technical background to produce works that tell a story using moving images and sound. The product is a 2-5 minute film that combines a narrated piece of personal writing, photographic images and a musical soundtrack. As with wikibooks, high level learning can occur in designing and developing digital stories as students analyse available content, synthesise selected material and progressively evaluate the development of the product. Preparation of a storyboard prototype emphasises the importance of planning in all aspects of life. WikiBooks Digtial Stories ??? video