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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3 thoughts on “Let’s look at Miguel’s Idea: Positive Screensaver for Ed?

  1. 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!

  2. 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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