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Copyright and Public Domain: Cool Visual Resource Tools
For help with sizing images appropriately for your PowerPoint presentations, check out this short YouTube tutorial video produced by the Visual Resources Center in the School of Architecture at the University to Texas-Austin. Now you know ....
Some of these tools we've tried and recommend (as noted). All others are tools we've heard about but don't have direct experience with them. Many of these tools are free for students and educators.
"Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor. It analyzes and combines user-selected images, video clips and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television & film."
"Allows users to download much larger images from ARTstor, at up to 3200 pixels on the long side. Users may combine ARTstor images with their own content to create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides. Enables users to give reliable classroom presentations using both high-resolution ARTstor images and local content without being connected to the Internet."
"Collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos, and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice, text, audio file, or video. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies."
Image Storage & Search Tools
Use these sites to find free--but not necessarily copyright free--images online.
"A series of graphic guides that covers many key thinkers and topics in philosophy, psychology and science, and many others in politics, religion, cultural studies, linguistics and other areas. Each book is written by an expert in the field, and illustrated by a leading graphic artist." IN MARRIOTT LIBRARY CATALOG, SEARCH: "introducing" and "icon books"
"Visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words." Consult the book, VISUAL MISCELLANEUM, Fine Arts Library Colleciton AG243 .M33 2009
"A tool for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes."