Monday, January 30, 2012

Goodbye Picnik

About a week ago, Picnik announced that they would be shutting down in mid April 2012.  Picnik is a super simple image editing tool that even the most novice designer could feel comfortable using.  So if you are a Picnik user, it is time to find and learn a new tool or two.

Here is my list of free image editing tools, all ranging in level of difficulty.  You can check them out in the Chrome Web Store.  If you are so inclined, comment below!  Which tool do you prefer?  Did I leave any notable tools off of the list?

Aviary Image Editor-  powerful layer-based image editor
Aviary Markup- an easy way to crop and resize images
Pixlr-  similar to Photoshop; allows you to edit PSD files
Pixlr-o-matic-  add filters & borders to your photos
Picozu- photo-editing, retouching, and drawing all-in-one
iPiccy-  the most similar to Picnik that I have found
Sumo Paint- image editing and drawing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Help! I Forgot My Password!

I beg you please don't use the same one or two passwords for everything!  Each time you use the same password for a new app or account, you leave yourself vulnerable.  All it takes is for your password to get into the wrong hands and suddenly they have open access to all of your accounts!

A couple of months ago, I wrote about Password Bird, which helps you generate secure passwords.  Now if you could only remember all of those secure passwords!  Thankfully, Last Pass can help you!

First you want to download Last Pass from the Chrome Web Store.  Then check out this short video to get started!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Doodle 4 Google

Google is putting on a contest for students around the United States to showcase their creativity and artsy skills.  They are looking for students to redesign the Google homepage with a set theme in mind; "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."  The big winners will have their design showcased on the Google Homepage!  Google also has some other great prizes including scholarships.  Submissions are accepted until March 23rd.  You can find out all of the details here.  

By the way, I'm TOTALLY jealous there is not a teacher division for the contest!  If you do decide to enter, please shoot me an email!  I want to live vicariously through you!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good To Know...Thanks Google!

Google recently updated their online safety page, Good to Know.  If you are curious how various websites keep tabs on your data, Google does a great job of explaining the concept.  Google also added an optional two-step verification feature to their services.  This just adds another layer of protection to your accounts.

Check out the video below for 5 great online safety tips from Google.

Is there anything you would add to this video?  Other online safety tips that you feel are important?  Do you think the tips Google suggests are valid?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where Can I Find "Legal" Images?

Earlier in the week, I talked about the laws and licenses surrounding copyright.  As promised, I am sharing some sources for finding images that "don't break the rules" for your personal use.

1. Mrs. Diebold's Diigo Image Search List

2. Advanced Flickr Search:  at the bottom there is an option to search only Creative Commons images

3. Advanced Google Image Search:  same idea here as Flickr

4.  32 Places to Find Images for Use Online

5.  Creative Commons Image Seach:  from the "Unofficial" Google Operating System Blog

If you know of any other image searches that aren't in my Diigo list, feel free to comment on this post and I will add them!  Happy searching!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Clarifying Copyright

I'm sure by now you have heard about copyright and terms like Creative Commons and fair use.  As a digital citizen in the 21st Century, it's important to recognize and understand the different types of licensing for your intellectual property and creations, as well as the property of others.  My purpose today is to give you some general information about the different types of licensing.  I will also provide some resources if you would like to further investigate any of the topics.

Copyright:  the owner of the work has all rights to the work.  Meaning that they are the only person who can reuse, reproduce, copy, sell, or modify their creation.  Any violation of the previous would be copyright infringement.  Please note that a work does not have to registered to be copyright protected.  Most original creations are copyright protected immediately.  This is a very complex rule with many technicalities.  Some more basic information can be found here.

Fair Use:  this is the exception to the copyright law that allows for limited use of copyright material with set restrictions.  Fair use does not mean free and unlimited use.  Find out more about fair use here.

Royalty Free:  the right to use copyrighted material without paying

Creative Commons: is all about sharing creations in different ways.  There are several types of Creative Commons Laws.  Check them out here.

Public Domain:  works where the copyright license has expired or that are not eligible for the protection of copyright.

Why do you think we need copyright laws?  What would happen if there were no laws?  What are the hazards of copy/paste?  Share your thoughts!

More to come on finding Creative Commons and royalty-free images, videos, and music. Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Welcome Back!

Welcome back readers of the Diebold Daily!  I hope you all had a great break!  For those of you that are new readers, I post a few times per week on topics I think my students might find interesting or useful.  If you are new, please take a moment to check out my older posts.   

I consider myself a "techie" and enjoy sharing my insights and ideas with others and am always open to new ideas for the Diebold Daily.  If there are any topics you would like to hear more about, please share them with me.  Just fill out this simple form.  

I'd like to start the new year and semester with a little inspiration for you.