20 GREAT Sites For Free Stock Images

As visuals become more and more important to the way we communicate, finding great images is critical to communicating your message. There are a number of websites I use when putting together presentations and finding photographs for my website.  If I have very specific needs, I use the pay-per-download stock image site, shutterstock.com.  The benefit of sites like these is that the photos were often created specifically to be used as stock.  This means that if you’re looking for someone with a specific pose, or for a very exact concept, you are far more… Read More

Content Curation: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons [REBLOG]

Originally posted on techKNOWtools:
In planning my courses this term, the textbook for my LTEC 4000 course will be OPTIONAL. With a wealth of training and development resources digitally available online, in databases, from many professional organizations, and in our library system, I decided to have my three sections of my class be rhizomatic in their learning. (Thanks for modeling this learning approach for a few years now, Dave.) Learning is more than consumption. By encouraging my students to curate their own knowledge, I hope it will help  contextualization how these course…

Culture Online: Contact Not Content is King

Is there something that can be described as the “online culture?”  I don’t think so, but I do think that technology is structuring the way we think and interact and I do think that there are cultural norms broadly perpetuated and upheld.  Online culture, although diverse, still maintains persistent themes. In describing how this first “internet generation” has grown up, Tapscott (2011) identified eight norms or “distinctive attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that differentiate this generation from their babyboom parents and other generations” (Kindle Locations 1957-1958). These themes included: freedom, customization, scrutiny, integrity,… Read More

Presentation Tip: Finding Free High Quality Images

A key part of a good presentation is finding and using the right images.  The Internet has made this incredibly easy… easy to steal images, that is.  When searching for images, most people go to the search engine of their choice and do an image search.  This makes sense as it is an incredibly easy and intuitive way to find images.  The problem with doing this is that (1) you tend to find a lot of junk, and (2) you are often taking images without regard for copyright and attribution. There is… Read More