Typing PAL Online

Our Grade 3 – 5 students are enrolled in Typing PAL Online.  We’re using it as a home learning task rather than a specific time task in the classroom.

Typing Pal Online is a 100% web-based keyboarding tutor tailored to students and teachers needs. All Grade 3, 4 & 5 classes are set up and students are registered.  You can use Typing Pal online whenever you are ready to.  As this typing practice is online, students can complete their typing courses at home.  The advantage of using Typing Pal is that you can track your progress.  It’s very easy to use and the teachers can adjust the program to meet the needs of their students.

Student Login: your Student ID

Student Password: student

Welcome to Typing Pal School

Searching Creative Commons Images

 

Just because it is there, does not mean you have the right to take it and use it!

We’ve been talking about using other people’s work in our work.  Our Enduring Understanding is based on the quote above.  So how do you know if you can use someone else’s image?  We must assume that all work that does not belong to us is copyrighted.  That means it belongs to someone else and you don’t have the right to use it unless you are granted permission.

The internet is a great thing though and there are some sites that search only for “works” that very generous people have granted us permission to use – otherwise known as “Creative Commons”.

Compfight is a great search engine that, if told too, will only search flickr for “creative commons” images.  

Image search for butterfly | Compfight | A Flickr Search Tool

These are the images that we are allowed to use – but there are some conditions sometimes.  We have been learning about those conditions.  Each condition has a specific symbol:

Licenses - Creative Commons

You can find out more about the 6 different creative commons licenses here.

Here’s how compfight works and how you can then embed the image into your blog post without downloading and reuploading the image to your blog.
Compfight will search for images tagged with the words you have entered in the search box. Sometimes you might come across an image that isn’t appropriate, even though you have the safe search on – you know what to do – click away, and tell an adult what happened.

Compfight | A Flickr2122 Search Tool

Another tab will pop open – it will be the flickr page that stores the image you have chosen. You want the html code of the image so that you can embed it in your post. (Using the html code eliminates the need for the image file to be uploaded to your blog). 

Butterfly | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Image Embed Code | Flickr

Make sure you chose the size you want (Most blog themes have a post size of 500pixels – so the medium sized image is usually big enough to fit inside your post – you can always make your image smaller once it’s inside your post BUT you cannot make it bigger, so don’t choose a too small size).

Next you need to paste the html code into your blog post. Make sure you are on the Text (html) tab NOT the Visual tab. See the picture below:

visual tab vs text tab

Once you’ve pasted the html code inside your post, click on the Visual tab to see the image. If you want to embed another image, remember to change back to the html tab.

All that is left to do now is to attribute the image.

Image attribution is often found at the bottom of a blog post. It should look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn

or it could look like this:

Image Attribution: robinn: https://www.flickr.com/photos/21107552@N06/2958531182/

Either way, the person’s name is included and there is a link back to where you found the actual image. Make sure that you don’t have .jpg at the end of the link – that’s not the right link!

Did you notice that you have to do a lot of switching back and forth from one website to another?   That’s why it’s so good to use the tabs in Firefox.  Have the backend of your blog open on one tab, and compfight open on another tab.

 

Creative Commons Licenses Information taken from: https://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/

True or Not?

Today Grade 5 is learning how to evaluate a website – Is it True or Not? Is it reliable?  How do we know?  How can we tell?

By the end of today’s session, students should be able to determine whether a website is a reliable source of information or not.

* Website 1: All About Explorers
* Website 2: Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
* Website 3: The Dog Island
* Website 4: DHMO
* Website 5: Centaur Excavation
* Website 6: Stick Insects
* Website 7: Burmese Mountain Dogs
* Website 8: Mankato, Minnesota