Running Out of Space? Resizing Images is Magic!

Just when you get it all figured out, that dreaded message comes across warning you of your dwindling space on your blog. Most of the time this is due to posting images that are photo quality (right off the camera or ipad) but not web quality.   Some of you already use IrfanView or Microsoft Picture Editor to resize your images.   Here’s an opportunity to use something off the web.  I wrote about this in a previous post entitled Little Tools.


IPiccy is an amazing online photo/image editor that we’ve successfully used with grade 2 students and higher.  And we didn’t even get flustered!  The students easily took their images, edited, and posted to the blog in one session.  Try it out and see what you think.

Click here for instructions.

“Teach the Writer, not the Writing” ~ Calkins

Source: Troy Hicks. The Digital Writing Workshop. Heinman. 2009

 Troy Hicks, “The Digital Writing Worshop” believes that  our writers can achieve more, understand more, and discover more using digital tools, than in our traditional writing workshop.

In examining this photo, consider what happens in a typical writing workshop. 

  • What writing processes and expectations are the same as they have always been for print texts? What do you believe has changed?
  • Who are the writer(s) of the text? the girls who are seated, or the girl leaning in and using the trackpad? Who gets credit for having composed – a term that Yancey (2008) uses to broaden our notions of what it means to write with text, images, sounds and video – this text?
  • What behaviours do you believe need to be taught in order for students to work collaboratively as well as offer constructive responses to improve digital writing?

Homework: Read Chapter 1. and Comment on your thoughts on the above questions.

Play an .mp3 in your Blog

Would you like to use audio recordings to provide instruction in your class or have students use it to demonstrate their learning?  Well now there is a plugin for that!  You can upload your audio recording in .mp3 format to your blog and insert it directly into a post or page.  You upload your audio like you would an image then click on the Audio Player Button, then click on Insert into Post.

The result will look like this in your Page/Post.

When you Publish it will look like this to your audience in the front-end of the blog.

[audio:|titles=LONELY PIANO 1]

So whether you have your kids recording a response to a question, or you are reading a passage in a language class, you can quickly add that content to your blog.  Let me know how it works, or email me for help.