Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository containing pictures, sounds and videos that you can use on your website. Wikipedia and its sister projects, including Wikimedia Commons, operate under a Creative Commons licence. The rules for using and distributing their works are available on their websites.
It is not as simple to use as something like Photopin, with its ability to select your size and have the attribution information to hand, but there is an increasingly vast selection of media for you to use. A benefit of using Wikimedia Commons is that there are more than photographs available. Aside from the audio-visual content there are a variety of diagrams and illustrations.
By Tatiraju.rishabh at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
There are a number of options for using a picture/ file including ‘download’ and ‘use on the web’. By clicking on these options you will see how you can select the size you want and the attribution information you need. The ‘use on the web’ option contains the HTML code for you to paste into the ‘text’ element of your post. This will automatically link back to Wikimedia Commons.
It really is worth having a look at the images and files that are available here as you may find things to use across the curriculum, not just within blogging.
Domo Animate is a brilliant site from Domo Nation that lets you create short animations. There is a huge selection of characters, scenery, props and sounds. It really is worth having a play with. Characters’ positions, movements and expressions can be selected and scenes added.
You can create animations without signing up but if you want to save and share, or post to your blog, you have to register. This is free though.
There is also a feature available for creating a slideshow but this doesn’t seem to work at the moment so there’ll be another post later!
DomoNation.com: Doggy Love by MollyB
Like it? Create your own at DomoNation.com. It’s free and fun!
Safe is a free programme of activities for schools to teach pupils about safe social networking.
There are two programmes, for ages 7-11 and 11-16 with resources modified for each group. Pupils are guided through the basics of social networking and having an online presence.
Schools can use their current online social network/VLE or set up a free account with Makewaves via the Safe website. Resources are free to download and there is an option to buy the resources in folders. When pupils have completed the course there are a series of rewards available depending upon how the school has chosen to complete the course.
In addition to resources, schools can also purchase reward badges and a Safe School Award Plaque to display.