Monday, January 24, 2011

The Eyes of the Blog - Teacher Challenge #5

This challenge is all about using good photos on your blog. A photo tells a story. A few photos can tell a very detailed story...or even more than one story. And photos definitely make the blog more appealing visually.

But I very rarely use photos. My blog is about tech stuff - links to good resources, short tutorials for doing different things with the computer, and a few bits of opinion and advice about technology. Not a lot of reason to break out the digital camera and take photos. And not much reason to use Flickr or Google Image Search in an effort to find the perfect image.

Nope, most of my graphic enhancement comes from capturing screen images right on my computer as a way of demonstrating a certain technique or of showing off a web site.

For instance, I recently wrote a little post about the tools I use to capture those screen shots. And my favorite tool among this is a free download called Skitch. Skitch can do a lot of things, but for me, it is a tool for capturing images on my screen for sharing. And for marking up those images, as needed. For example, here is a capture of the Teacher Challenge Activity for today...

And here is a capture of that same section of the web page with a couple of highlights thrown in as an example of how to draw your attention to key words on the page.

I know, boring stuff. But those types of images are consistent with the purpose of the blog. And I've enjoyed learning more about doing screen captures for the purpose of my blog. Though I suppose I should stretch myself a bit and explore some ways to incorporate some actual photos. I'm just not sure the best way to do that and still really serve the purpose of the blog.

Maybe a photo of me sitting at my desk typing a blog post. Now that would be exciting.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    I really like your blog. I am always after new ways of using ICT in the classroom. I am enjoying the challenge too. I look forward to your next post.