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An ITQ development project

Cut, paste and photocopy?

You've got a course starting next week. You have lots of notes, bundles of images, links to interesting web sites and other stuff that you'd like to use with your students. Now you could just type all the text into Word, arrange some images on some sheets, do a list of recommended reading / links and trot down to the photocopier . . .

There is another way.

You could present everything on a nice web page. This would contain the titles of your notes and maybe a brief description of what's covered, links to your images in both a gallery and individually with some notes or captions and easy-to-click access to those other web resources. With the advent of lots of exciting new tools on the web that are free and simple to use, you can do all this without any specialist skills. This project tells you how.

On this site you'll find illustrations and notes on the three main tools used: Picasa, for tidying up your images and making a gallery with captions, Blogger, for publishing those notes and enabling students to add their own comments if you wish, and Pageflakes, to create the web site that you can use to contain everything.

So, how do you get started?

First you'll need to gather together some of the things you were going to photocopy and hand out. Files need to be in digital format so old images copied from books will have to be re-scanned and saved somewhere. Text that isn't in a Word or similar document can stay as it is as you'll be able to type it in various places later. Make a list of any links to sites that you might want to add to. A few samples will do for now for all these sections - hopefully you will want to add more later when you take a look at what you've achieved!

The main menu takes you through a description of what to do for getting images ready, putting your notes on-line and creating your own web site with links to them all. This is a sensible order of events but you can dip in and out if you wish. Two more main menu items provide illustrations of some of the key processes referred to in the main sets of instructions, and a sample of a completed site, created using this project's suggestions. If you're reading this off-line then the off-line sample link has a screen print of what can be produced. The sub-menu has links to various resources and other sites that you may find interesting or helpful.

Open source

This site design is released as open source, which means that you are free to make any changes you may want to. The applications and tools referred to in the content are also open source and available free of charge or licence restriction, except for Picasa which has some general limitations as to its use but none that should prohibit its utilisation for this or your own projects.