And What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear . . .

Isn't digital photography wonderful? Take any photo, crop it, rotate it, straighten it, change the intensity level, add a frame and on and on and on! You don't have to be the world's greatest photographer to have a great photo nowadays.
On this page of the wiki you'll see some amazing web 2.0 tools for embellishing photos - just in time for Christmas! These are all free! Well, let me clarify! They all have lots of features that are free, then they entice you with more, and more features, which are NOT free! But for most of us, we'll be happy with the free features.

The sites listed here are all places where you can upload your own photos, embellish them in a variety of ways, and print or save them. I've uploaded some of my personal photos in each site as examples for you. Below the sites are some applications that are on our Macs for working with photos.

Site #1. Picnik

Before Picnik

After Picnik




Site #2.

Washington Monument using Dumpr

Museum Photo Dumpr

Photo to Pencil in Dumpr


Site #3. Be Funky

Lincoln Memorial Before

Lincoln Memorial - Be Funky

Photo Booth

Photo Booth is an application on our Mac laptops. Kids (and adults) can spend hours playing with this simple application. Photo Booth opens the built-in iSight camera and takes a quick snapshot while you're sitting right in front of your computer! Just like the photo booths at the mall! Change the settings to something crazy and then take your picture! I"m not sure what the real connection here is to learning but I'm sure some of you creative teachers will come up with something! Also, in Photo Booth, you can create a short video, this can be with the green screen effect or without. I've seen the sixth graders using the roller coaster video for their roller coaster unit. It's a great way to start their Keynote presentation!
If you need a picture of your students quickly, use Photo Booth. Or if you want to post your students photos online, but you don't want them to be recognizable use Photo Booth, choose the Comic Book or Pencil Drawing effect.
This is a video tutorial on using Photo Booth.


Most of the photos that I use in newsletters, brochures, on my blog, in this wiki, have frames on them. I think the look is more friendly instead of the stark corners. This can be done pretty easily in Keynote or Pages, it really doesn't matter which application you use. For complete instructions and a video tutorial go to my wiki on Pages. Look how much a simple frame enhances the photos!

Framed Text Box



These frames can be added to any photo, your own or photos or images you download from the Internet, even Wordles can be framed! Framed photos really enhance a Keynote presentation!

If you'd like to add some of your enhanced photos, please add them to this page. We'd love to see them!