IrfanView - viewing and editing software
IrfanView is a fast, small, innovative freeware graphic viewer that can be also used for editing. It is intended as free only for private, non-commercial and/or educational use (schools, universities and libraries) and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations.
The software is currently supported and a list of recent changes can be seen on the website. A FAQ page quite rich of useful information is also provided on the website.
Some IrfanView features:
• Many supported file formats
• Multi language support
• Thumbnail/preview option
• Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
• Toolbar skins option
• Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
• Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
• Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
• Fast directory view (moving through directory)
• Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
• Multipage TIF editing
• File search
• Email option
• Multimedia player
• Print option
• Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
• Change color depth
• Scan (batch scan) support
• Add overlay text/image (watermark)
• IPTC editing
• Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
• Screen Capturing
• Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
• Lossless JPG rotation
• Unicode support
• Command line options
Language support can vary with the version. The current version supports the languages listed aside. English is anyway always supported.
Audiolingua – mp3 repository for language learning
Audiolingua is a collaborative bank of authentic audio resources, recorded by native speakers, for a freely pedagogical or personal use, according to the rights of use which are detailed in the legal notice. Its aim is to train oral comprehension for anyone who would like to improve this language skill and to provide language teachers with authentic resources.
The mp3 files are classified according to the reference levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can listen to the audio files online, download them one after another or also register to the podcast.
Audiolingua contains recordings in 10 languages.
CLEMI: Ressources pour la classe, Enseigner avec l’audiovisuel : le kit pédagogique
Le CLEMI est chargé de l’éducation aux médias dans l’ensemble du système éducatif français depuis 1983. Il a pour mission d’apprendre aux élèves une pratique citoyenne des médias. Cet objectif s’appuie sur des partenariats dynamiques entre enseignants et professionnels de l’information. Tous les enseignants, quels que soient leur niveau et leur discipline peuvent avoir recours au CLEMI, tant au plan national que régional, pour se former, obtenir des conseils ou des ressources.
Pour développer des activités d’éducation aux médias dans les classes, le CLEMi vous propose de multiples outils : fiches pédagogiques, sitographie des médias, lexique, dossiers thématiques, modules vidéo, etc., et même la possibilité de rencontrer un(e) journaliste dans le cadre de l’opération Renvoyé Spécial.
RFI, TV5Monde, le ministère français des Affaires étrangères et européennes et le CLEMI ont conçu un kit pédagogique pour faciliter l’utilisation de documents et de médias audiovisuels en classe de français.
Composé d’une grille d’analyse, d’un guide pour la conception pédagogique, de 10 fiches outil, de 5 cartes mémo et d’un DVD, le kit pédagogique, conçu comme une véritable boîte à outils, apporte une série de conseils pratiques pour analyser les contenus médiatiques, créer des scénarios pédagogiques et mettre en place des activités de production audiovisuelle.
CLEMI is responsible for media education across the French educational system since 1983. Its mission is to teach citizen media practice to students. This objective is based on strong partnerships between teachers and information professionals. All teachers, both nationally and regionally, regardless of their level and discipline can CLEMI resources, for training, advice and resources.
To develop media literacy activities in the classroom, Clemi offers a multitude of teaching materials and tools, a media referatory, lexicon, thematic modules, video, etc., even the opportunity to meet a reporter under the activity "Special Reporter".
RFI, TV5 Monde, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and CLEMI have designed an educational kit to facilitate the use of documents and audiovisual media in French class. Composed of a grid of analysis, a guide for instructional design, 10 sheets, 5 tool cards, a memo and DVDs, the teaching kit was designed as a real toolbox providing a series of hints and practices to analyze media content, create lesson plans and implement audiovisual production activities.
SHARP: "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" Pedagogical Kit
S.H.A.R.P European network introduces a new and FREE pedagogical resource for professionals interested in media education and new technologies.
The pedagogical kit "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" is intended for teachers, educators, trainers and others who want to improve their competences in the field of education about and through new media technologies. The central areas of inquiry are images (still imagery, films, videos) and web tool creation and application (platforms for information searches, for sharing, for producing media content, etc.).
The material is based on the educational experiences engendered during the S.H.A.R.P project by the different partners within their own contexts. These projects were conducted with different targets (e.g. students, teachers, adults, elderly people, minorities) and with particular topics (chosen from the main themes of Sharp: identity, memory, territory....) in mind.
The information presented in the kit sheds light on the main theme of the S.H.A.R.P (Sharing and RePresenting) from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The five theoretical chapters of the kit aim to provide help in answering the five main questions below. They can be used to plan and implement trainings "about and with media"; to work with ICT in the didactic field; to analyse and produce images and films with a school class, with university students or in adult education; and to facilitate social enquiries with given groups. The five questions are:
1. How can I plan a project?
2. How can I didacticise ICT in a project?
3. How can I analyse images, film and sound?
4. How can I produce images and films?
5. How can I collect significant social resources?
The kit also contains a series of practical examples on using new media for developing media skills. You can find a detailed description of nine workshops conducted by S.H.A.R.P partners from 7 EU countries: Italy, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
ActiveWatch is the Romanian partner of the project and we contributed to the kit with Chapter 7: Visual Language and Representation of Reality.
The entire pedagogical kit is available for FREE in English and some chapters were translated into Romanian by local partner. Soon, the material will also be available in French.
1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info
The French website 1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info contains hundreds of contents (articles, videos, activities, dossiers, games, interactive sheets) on many different topics, ranging from Art, Literature, History, Biology, Science, to media literacy, sport, actualities.
The contents are aimed at the use in primary education classrooms. Each content is composed by attractive images, clear and short texts and a list of related contents for further deepening.
The teacher section provides them with “The highlights of the week”, files to download for the use in the classroom and an overview of the news and activities of the week.
Musique(s) is a free online tool for music education that provides the users with a fun and easy way to learn about music instruments and styles. The description texts come along with sound contents that greatly help recognise the different instruments and play a fundamental role in the programme.
The programme include plain information as well as test quizzes and games.
Free auto-training module on plagiarism and the right to quote
Ce module comporte cinq parties:
- une première définit la notion de plagiat et livre quelques exemples, c'est-à-dire sept pratiques qui peuvent être qualifiées de plagiaires; cette première partie livre aussi des chiffres sur le plagiat et propose les moyens de l'éviter;
- la deuxième partie titrée "Citer correctement ses sources" n'est qu'une suite logique de la première; y sont présentées les règles de la citation et de la paraphrase;
- les trois dernières parties proposent des conseils, un quiz et un résumé à l'utilisateur.
Ce module est offert sous une licence Creative Commons. Il sera utile aussi bien aux étudiants qu'aux formateurs qui pourront s'en servir dans le cadre de l'apprentissage de la culture informationnelle.
This is an online free module of auto-training about plagiarism and the right to quote. It consists of five parts:
- the first part defines plagiarism and gives some examples, that is to say, seven practices that can be described as plagiarists; this first part gives also some figures on plagiarism and suggests ways to avoid it;
- the second part titled "Quoting your sources correctly" is a logical continuation of the first and contains an overview of the rules of citation and paraphrase;
- the last three sections provide tips, a quiz and a summary to the user.
This module is available under a Creative Commons license. It will be useful to both students and instructors that can use it in learning about information literacy.
On this website you can learn foreign languages in a fun way: listen to popular songs and fill in the blanks. Test your knowledge of vocabulary in a fun way with music.
Europa, Summaries of EU legislation - Enforcement of intellectual property rights
In this section of the official website of the European Union it is possible to find the summaries of EU legislation on every subject. The linked page gives an overview of the legislation on IPR. The act the page refers to is the directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The page is available in 15 languages.
Jog the Web - Assembly content packages from the web
Jog The Web is an engaging interactive tool that allows users to assemble tidy packages of web content. Teachers can use it for providing students with easy access to guided learning activities.
The websites within a Jog can be explored right within the page frame, solving the problems related to students getting lost within multiple windows. Jog authors can annotate pages within the Jog and also create original pages with unique content.
On the website are stored all the packages assembled by others in a library formed by almost 18000 contents that users are free to browse and explore. More than 11000 of them are in the category ‘education’.