Unsplash: Beautiful Free Images to Make Presentations Amazing

WHO: Teachers that are looking for great images to use with their students while not infringing on any copyright issues.

HOW: Visit https://unsplash.com/, type in what you are looking for and hit search!  There are currently over 400,000 images that have been submitted for anyone to use.  While it is not required to cite credit to the photographers, it is recommended in order to give them exposure for their work.  Here is the information from Unsplash regarding licensing and the images on the site:

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, non-exclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash. This license does not include the right to compile photos from Unsplash to replicate a similar or competing service.

Tip: How to give credit 🎁

Even though credit isn’t required, Unsplash photographers appreciate a credit as it provides exposure to their work and encourages them to continue sharing. A credit can be as simple as adding their name with a link to their profile or photo:

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

WHEN: Unsplash is great for students (and teachers) to use for classroom presentations.

EdCamps – FREE PD and Networking!

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WHO: Teachers, Administrators, Tech department interested in learning from others in a stress free, laid back atmosphere.

HOW: Check out edcamp.org, see if there are any EdCamps coming up in your area.  If not, possibly consider hosting one of your own.

WHEN: Visit http://www.edcamp.org/participate to see a list of reported scheduled EdCamp Events.

 

It is hard to describe an EdCamp to someone who has not participated in one.  I highly suggest checking one out, there is nothing really to lose.  EdCamps are always free, each one takes a life of it’s own, and many times there are some sweet door prizes to win! The general layout of the day goes something like:

Registration – Many EdCamps do pre-registration to speed this up in the morning.

Introductions – Hosts are introduced, give a layout of the building, and discuss the itinerary.

Presentation Board – This is the time where the audience mingles and discusses what they would like to learn more about and what they are willing to present on.

Breakout Sessions – Some EdCamps do a couple long sessions, others will do (3-4) sixty minute sessions.

 

I am currently working with a couple other educators to host EdCamp Ohio on April 23, 2016 in Tiffin, OH.  This will be the third EdCamp I have hosted, and each one has been great!  If you will be in the area, please consider participating.  More information on EdCamp Ohio at: www.edcampohio.org

Open Ed: Online Resources Aligned to Common Core Standards

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources to help supplement and track CCSS in their classrooms.

HOW: Teachers sign up for a free account at https://www.opened.com/, then the teacher will add students to their class.  After creating a class, teachers have the option to use pre-selected resources aligned to that grade and content area.  Teachers then create lesson plans and attach the assignments/resources to the class.  Students take the assignments and OpenED track mastery of standards.  By selecting a students score from the mastery chart, the teacher can see how the student performed on each question, and also has the option to assign additional resources to help.

WHEN: These resources are great for in class lesson builders, homework assignments, flipped classrooms, or supplemental material.

 

Intro Video from Open Ed: