Let’s look at Miguel’s Idea: Positive Screensaver for Ed?

I'm fascinated by Miguel's Idea and wondering how it can best be done.

Miguel says:

“So, it occurs to me as I skim through the images in PassionQuilt08 on Flickr…what about a screensaver made of all these positive images? Wouldn't that be a conversation starter?

The only problem…I'm not sure how to best go about this. Create a folder, drop the images in there, and then point your screensaver software to it? Thoughts?”

I think that the trick would be to have automatic updates and perusing the Internet, something like PhotoCafe might do that.

Just thought I'd repeat Miguel's call and also ask Miguel — what about photo spam? Would it be better to have a moderated group so that when new photos are downloaded that someone is moderating them?

Should we have a moderated photo group and some way to have an automated screensaver from them. Would it eat up a lot of resources?

I don't know, but I would be interested in having some up to date screensaver that is motivational on the computers of my students like this. Just thinking out loud.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Maklary June 18, 2008 - 9:26 pm

I use Flickr’s RSS feeds for certain tags and load them up to the free Google Screensaver (part of the Google Pack software). From the screen saver you can subscribe to a Flickr RSS feed and voila, you have a dynamic screensaver that will display all the images tagged a certain way. For example, in Miguel’s example, to subscribe to the Passion Quilt meme tag, visit the page http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/passionquilt08/ and look for the RSS feed link toward the bottom of the page. The link you are looking for is http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tags=passionquilt08&lang=en-us&format=rss_200. Copy this link and paste it in the right spot in Google Screensaver. Works like a charm!

Alan June 18, 2008 - 10:20 pm

No reason to download– There are windows and mac screen savers that draw images from flickr;


I use on my Mac Flickr Shufflesaver

ron June 18, 2008 - 10:24 pm

I did something a bit different. Instead of positive images, I use a piece of software on all the student desktop PCs that brings relevant RSS feeds to the desktop.

Since I teach Information Technology, I have built some custom RSS feeds that ensure my kids have some exposure to what’s going on the world of technology and IT.

The software is: http://www.nuparadigm.com/Products/Toys/RssScreensaver/

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