Category Archives: Web

Jing – Quick and Easy Screen Capture tool

Very often, I find myself looking for a new web tool that will make my life easier … because when you spend as much time online as I do, you want any help you can get!! ūüôā¬† Recently, I came across a fantastic little download, through one of my discussion lists, that has saved me quite a lot of time taking screen captures, pasting them to publisher, cropping and then saving.¬† This wonderful little tool lets me just draw a square around what I want to capture, and then crops and saves it all for me to a nice, crisp .png file – FANTASTIC!

‘What is this wonderful little download?’ I hear you ask.¬† Well, it is called Jing, and could not be simpler to use!

The free version is great, and allows you to do the basics.  For those of you who tweet, you will be amazed at how simple things just became!

For creating ‘how to’ files, the screen capture that Jing takes also allows you to add arrows, text etc (see below) to your image as well – such a timesaver!

Already, this tool has saved me SO much time.¬† I hope you find it useful too. ūüôā


Tag Galaxy – Visual Search Engine

My of my favourite tools ( … and yet one I have not yet blogged about!) is Tag Galaxy.¬† Tag Galaxy is a¬†great flash application that uses Papervision3D with beautiful transition effects to explore Flickr photos via virtual planetary systems.



To use the Tag Galaxy, you enter a tag in the search box (see below) and related tags appear with beautiful planetary systems – Easy!



The site will¬†search for all photos tagged in Flickr with the tag (topic) you have entered, and will then create a 3D ‘globe’ that you can¬†grab with your mouse and spin – very cool!



Each picture can then be clicked once to enlarge it, and clicked again to view any further information attached to the photo.

I have used this site many, many times in my classroom!  Most recently, I was teaching my students about a particular art style and used Tag Galaxy to compile photos of that art style for us to view and compare.

As the photos are gathered from Flickr, and have not been moderated for educational use, I recommend using this site with caution on individual computers.  In my classroom, to be safe, I only ever use the site on the interactive whiteboard so I can have complete control over the images the students see (and can spin away from anything I feel is inappropriate!). 

After passing this site on to a friend recently, I am excited to see it being used in many ways – both in and out of the education sector.¬† See Gold Coast’s ABC Open Producer Solua Middleton’s¬†blog entry here¬†to see how she is thinking of using the site.¬† Thank you for the mention Solua!

KISS to download YouTube Videos

Have you ever wanted to use a You Tube video in the classroom, but perhaps don’t have internet connection …. or you’re connected at such a slow speed that¬†you don’t have¬†a spare 15 minutes to wait for the video to download?¬† ūüėȬ† Then worry no more, as there is a¬†very easy¬†way to download your video – just think KISS!



By adding ‘kiss’ to the you tube address,, you will be taken to a site that gives you the following instructions to save your video:

Method 1
Whenever you are watching video on YouTube, go to your browser’s address bar and insert the word ‘kiss’ in front of the domain name and press ‘Enter’.

Example: (Video tutorial here)

Method 2

Copy the whole YouTube Video URL (Eg. and paste directly into ‘Enter YouTube Video URL’ field above [at ] and hit the ‘Get’ button.

Once you have followed these instuctions, you should get the following icons under a thumbnail picture of the video you want to download. 

Simply click on one of the icons to start your download – couldn’t be easier!¬†

Important:  Please remember that the files you download may be subject to copyright.  It is advised you seek the authors permission prior to download.  Some authors will have no issue giving permission, whilst others may be happy for you to download but request you delete the file after use. 

Kid Safe Search Engine

Looking for a fun, safe search engine for kids?  Then look no further than Kid Rex. 

KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search‚ĄĘ and use Google SafeSearch‚ĄĘ technology.

Google’s SafeSearch‚ĄĘ screens for sites that contain explicit sexual content and deletes them from your child‚Äôs search results. Google’s filter uses advanced technology to check keywords, phrases, and URLs. No filter is 100 percent accurate, but SafeSearch‚ĄĘ should eliminate most inappropriate material.

In addition to Google SafeSearch‚ĄĘ, KidRex maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords. KidRex researchers test KidRex daily to ensure that you and your child have the best web experience possible.