Post Class Update:

The outline below summarizes what was intended for the day. What follows here is what we really accomplished. I've also updated the outline for next two sessions in September where our focus will be on helping students use the tools themselves in creating and managing virtual collections.

1. We started by reviewing how to move images from cameras, thumb drives, SD cards and other external media onto your Windows directories. Since all of these can connect using USB, Windows just jumps in and offers you some choices. In our case, we were moving everything into My Documents/My Pictures or onto a thumb drive where they could be found again.

2. We spent quite awhile getting familiar with Irfanview. Since this is a free utility, anyone can download this to any Windows computer and install it for free. Skills covered in Irfanview included, capturing from the web, cropping and saving pictures, resizing pictures, and creating slideshows.

There are a number of good tutorials on the web. Any of these might be helpful to you:

3. We took a quick look at Picasa, a free utility from Google. Again, you can download this on any Windows-based computer for free. This is particularly useful for organizing photos into folders and enables easy upload to Picasaweb for sharing online.

4. We shifted our focus to creating collections on the web by tagging using A good online tutorial to get started or for review can be found at I set up a joint account so we can create a collection together.

5. We also took a quick look at PhotoStory, which is another free download. We'll spend more time using this next time.

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  • Digital cameras --
  • Moving images from various devices (CD, SD cards, thumb drives & other disks)
  • Grabbing online pictures
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    • Irfanview
    • we covered Capturing images, Cropping images, Resizing images and
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