3 Great Resources for Free Historical Art Works to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here are a few art repositories to keep in mind when in need of some great historical images in the public domain. These would be great for history, English, French,and Art projects.

Bookmark them for next year!

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In honour of Arts Fest 2015: 18 Apps That Will Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life

From exploring contemporary art to making your own on the iPad, to Miranda July’s performance art to Yoko Ono’s request for your smiles, there is something for everyone on this list.

Many of the apps are free, but there are some you have to pay for, so be sure to read the descriptions!

Mobile devices like iPads and Androids have transformed the way we experience boredom. No longer is a wayward commuter forced to play Snake or Tetris, occupying themselves in a hardly satisfying, and

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Fair Use for the Visual Arts

With all our recent talk about best practices in attributing images in our visual presentations, this publication from the College Art Association is especially prescient, especially this section on teaching art.

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action—media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era. With research, public events, and convenings, we explore the fast-changing environment for public media.

Source: cmsimpact.org

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to the QAIS Easy Tech 101 Conference. The day started out with a Keynote address by Pierre Poulin and François Bourdon from iClasse, a company that specializes in technological professional development training for teachers.

Then we had a short panel with a few students from LCC who talked about how they use the iPad in their classes. Their favourite tool seemed to be iMovie…HUh.

Then we began with the workshops. I attended 3 of them and each gave me something to think about. However, it was a lot of information all at once, so I am going to start with showcasing one new tool at a time.

The first one I want to discuss was presented to me by a sixth grade boy from Selwyn House, during a “speed dating” of applications ( I love the formula of having students present certain tools they’ve been using in the classroom and hope to do something of the kind in our school, so watch out for it!).

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.24.07 AMPic Collage

Price: Free

What’s it for: Masking quick and dirty collages on your iPad!

The student had 4 minutes to present the app to us. I was able to follow along with him and in that 4 minutes make my own collage:


Yep. 4 minutes. Now if only I would take my own advice…

It is super easy to use. To begin just tap:

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You can also choose a template, or what I would call a layout…


I chose the template for six photos. Then I have the option to either create text, insert photos or choose a background.


I started with my text:


You have many fun fonts to choose from as well as font colour and background colour. Added options include alignment and size.


Then I added my photos:


You can select several at a time and then move them around with your finger. The template I chose automatically fits the photos into the box. You can choose how it will be cropped, or you can make the image smaller so that the whole thing shows.

Last but not least, I chose a funky background:


Here is the finished product:


You can either share it, or save it to your library and then share it with any app you would like or email it!


Now, obviously, I am using it for something a tad frivolous as an example, but I think this could be a useful tool for visual presentations in any subject

It is EXTREMELY useful to use and super fun!

What do you think you could use it for? Let me know!

10 iOS Apps That Make Your Pictures Talk

The possibilities are endless- take the photo essay to a new level by recording a script over it. Have your students go to local landmarks, take photos and record their reactions. Have your students use this for explainer videos. What else?

The apps in this article are all free and should work on the iPad though they look like they are made for phones. Just remember when on the app store to change the “iPad only” tab to “iPhone only”.

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Almost everyone shoots photos and video. But how many people shoot multimedia? More than you might think. Multimedia apps — a hybrid that blends still ima

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Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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rAppido Review: Curator

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 10.06.00 AMI received an email this morning from our lovely art teacher who had discovered the perfect app to help her with an upcoming research project. First of all, thank you Ms. Art teacher for letting me know about Curator – it is simple, elegant and extremely user-friendly.

It is essentially a visual bookmarking system, where you can save images, text or websites. In terms of an art project where the students must find images from a certain era or genre, it would be perfect. It is a little like Pinterest, but made specifically for the iPad and, in my opinion, with a cleaner, more intuitive interface.

There is a free version which allows you to make up to five boards but if you want to create a 6th you must pay the $6.99. 

I decided to try one out by making a board about vintage dresses. First I searched the internet for the images I wanted, then saved them to my camera roll. Then I double tapped one of the grey squares in the board:

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The magnifying glass searches the web for you and when you find a website you want to add all you have to do is leave the square while you are still in that website. The text is a little small to be useful in terms of a screenshot, but it would be possible to use one square for an image and the adjacent square for an annotation. One would need to zoom in to see the text though.

Gradually I populated my board:

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You can annotate your images, which, for an art history project is very valuable.

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 10.15.10 AMYou also have the option to mail the photo, but it doesn’t mail the annotation.

The downside to this app, and it is a considerable one, is that there is no way to share your board. You can present it via projector (I myself am using air server to screenshot the images on my desktop, but you cannot share it. In terms of grading students work (if that is indeed your goal) it would be very hard to do so without physically taking the students’ iPads.

However, if the goal is to have your students project the app and present their research, than this would be a very easy, aesthetically pleasing way to do it.