Here are hints to make organizing the project easier:

File Naming Conventions

When files are created between multiple classes on one wiki, it is important to ensure the files are not overwritten by another class. One method you can use is to follow a pattern in naming the file. Depending upon your situation, you will want to use a pattern that includes a date, school id, class id within your school, child name, and partner id.

Each classes individual page is named with a pattern of the project year and school abbreviation. For example, All Saints Catholic Academy's page is 1617-asca. When there are multiple classes from the same school an addition number follows that name. For example, Lee Scott Academy is 1617-lsa1 and 1617-lsa2.

When naming and uploading student monsters you can name the file with the school page name and child's first name (and last initial as necessary). For example: John at All Saints Catholic Academy's image would be named 1617-asca-john.jpg.

Please see the note below regarding IrfanView which allows helps automatically name files in this format.

Saving and Resizing Images

Most of the drawing programs will allow you to save your images in JPEG format.

In Kid Pix, you will first select File - Save As... to save the monster for future use in Kid Pix. In order to display it on the Internet, you will have to select the File - Export option to save the file as a JPEG image. The image will be 655 x 477 pixels as exported by Kid Pix. In order to minimize the storage space required by the project, it is important to resize the image. On this wiki, we resize the image to 296 x 212 pixels.

InfranView can easily batch convert your images and resize at the same time. It looks a little advanced, but you can just click methodically and you will find what you need. James Hendricks (@jamiers) has used this successfully for several projects.

There are many pieces of software that will allow you to resize an image. One choice is Gimp. A freely distributed image manipulation software package. In the Gimp, you must File - Open the JPEG image. On the image canvas, you will select Image - Scale Image... - change the width to 296 pixels. As long as the little link graphic is connected, it will automatically change the length to 212 pixels. Click the Scale button and resave the image.

Microsoft Paint Hint
I wanted to share a simple re-size trick I found.
I used Microsoft Paint, which is on every PC.
I open the picture in Paint, and then resize by clicking on
Image - Stretch/ Skew - and then changing the horizontal and vertical percentages. I start with 50% for each and do it again if needed.
Then I save it and it is resized and ready to be uploaded to wiki.
It is quick and easy for me and I thought it might help others.
~Patti Harju

Uploading Images and Adding Descriptions and Images to Wiki

Bulk upload of files works very well and saves a lot of steps. Click on this Files link.Click on the Upload button. Navigate to the file directory on your computer the has all the resized images. The images will upload and then you will be presented with an information window that looks like this:

imagelist.jpg

Open a second tab or window in your browser. Highlight the tag from the [ [ to the ] ] and choose Edit then Copy. Click in the space you wish to have the image appear and click Edit - Paste. You can quickly have your entire class set of images placed on the wiki. Here is a sample screen.

addimage.jpg
At the same time, you can open your Word (or other word processor document) and copy and paste each description. This can be a huge time saver.

Project Software

This list is not intended to be a static list. As other teachers join our project and as new software is developed, this list will continue to expand and grow.

Drawing Software

Kid Pix - must be purchased
Pixie - must be purchased
Tux Paint - free open source software

Mind Mapping Software

Kidspiration - must be purchased - free 30 day trial
CMAP - free*
Gliffy - free*

Word Processing Software
Microsoft Office Word - must be purchased
Open Office Writer - free open source
AbiWord - free open source*
OOo4Kids (Open Office for Kids) free open source software for ages 7-12 years, based on OpenOffice.org
Google Docs
Pages
  • has not been used within this monster project to date.

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and Technology

Techlearning >> Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally
Educational Origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
Rose Colored Glasses - Modifying Bloom's Taxonomy to Meet 21st Century Pedagogies

Social Networks for Teachers

If you have not connected with a social network for teachers, you might want to consider joining one of these websites.

A ning is a website that includes forums where individuals can post thoughts, questions, and ideas. These two are dedicated to integrating technology into the classroom. There are many more.
Classroom 2.0 Ning


These websites are available to the general public to exchange short messages among large groups. If you sign up to one of these sites, you will need to find people to "follow". Ann Oro's Twitter OroAnnM. Anna Baralt's Twiiter id is abaralt. You will have to request permission to follow my messages. The more people you follow, the richer your experience will be as you learn from other educators around the world.
Twitter