Even More Fun With Photos

Yep, was doing some serious investigations of Murdoch Universities 23 Things Program designed for librarians to learn about web 2.o technologies and my attention was grabbed by Thing 14: Image Generator. Why? Well playing around with the different image generators looks like fun but also is another quick way of creating images for blogs and presentations.

I must have been living in a vacuum because I never realised there was sooooooo many online tools for image generation. Actually I was totally overwhelmed with the quantity of image generators available which makes me wonder how the participants of the 23 Things program felt. Enjoyment at road testing a few or overwhelmed by too many options?

Here are a few of the images I created:

This is what I thought of image generators (Chalkboard Message Generator)

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But we all know that I should have been working (www.txt2pic.com/comic-strip)

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However what I really wanted was chocolate! (Chocolate Generator)

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And my mind is too busy thinking about holidays to focus on work on a Sunday night! (Make A Birthday Cake)

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And the good news is Kathryn, in the Thing 14: Image Generator post, was also nice enough to provide a link to Generator Blog which posts about these type of online tools. So I will get a regular update on image generators that could save me time creating images – and provide me with a bit of fun time!

FINAL THOUGHT

The 23 Things program has been adopted by over 100 libraries worldwide and was adapted from the Learning 2.0 program developed by Helen Blowers as an online self-discovery program that encourages the exploration of web 2.0 tools and new technologies.

You can read more about Murdoch University’s 23 Program here. I like the way Murdoch University has included weekly workshops for “walk throughs” of weekly tasks and set up a mentoring network to support participants.

I know Michele Martin has considered adapting the 23 Things program for Non-Profit organisations and after feedback from readers she commented:

“Nonprofit staff hear us talking about online tools, and what they hear is “more work.” Their reaction so often is, “This is complicated, I don’t have time to learn it or use it, and really it doesn’t help me help my clients/ customers/ program participants.”

We need to help them understand *why* this stuff is useful, and *how* it can support their day-to-day work – maybe even help them get their jobs done more effectively and efficiently.

I believe people have/are trying it with educators. So I am pondering how this program would go with educators? I know most educators I work with would have similar thoughts highlighted by Michele Martin.

11 thoughts on “Even More Fun With Photos

  1. Another helpful post. I’m especially grateful for the link to the generator post.

    I believe there is widespread need for “23 Things” or something akin to it. From a Canadian educator’s perspective, the need looks greatest in teacher training institutions.

    Paul Hamilton Reply

  2. Thanks Paul for your feedback – glad the information was useful.

    Good point in terms of including it with teacher training and would definitely love to see it happening when the teachers are doing their studies.

    Unfortunately I work for the VET sector (which is vocational education and training) – and our lecturers are employed on the basis of having industry skills not teacher qualifications. The other issue we have is when new lecturers are employed they have so much to learn in relation to working with students. 23 Things program may be a way of introducing them to technology.

    dswaters Reply

  3. Hi Alan – Yes I have to admit I am looking forward to the posts from the Generator blog. I remember the Einstein image well.

    Is there any other information on images you suggest I should check out?

    dswaters Reply

  4. Thanks Funny Guy for the link to Customsigngenerator. I have bookmarked it.

    Wondering Gary is that a good thing or bad that they remind you of the early online buttons and sphere generators?

    dswaters Reply

  5. Hello Sue, i think i twittered to you that East Gippsland Community College got involved with the regional library

    .. using 23Things to engage people in the local community. A really good project, and they’d be worth chasing up to find out more.

    Was featured in the eShow’nTell, and also http://elearnala.wikispaces.com/showcase

    cheerio, michael

    michael chalk Reply

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