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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Pics4Learning.com

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 24, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: Pics4Learning is an online copyright-friendly image library for teachers and
students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have
been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many
Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all
of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
Learning Goals: Using this site will aid students and teachers in learning about multimedia and
creating multimedia products for teachers and students to use.
Target Student Population: Elementary through university students and educators; arts educators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses: Elementary and secondary students, student teachers, and educators can find
resource images for presentations, reports, research projects, and personal web
pages. This site helps educators model appropriate copyright use and respect.
Technical Requirements: Internet connection and browser. It is recommended that you run the newest
version of Netscape on a Mac to be able to read everything on the page.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This is a good site for teachers and students to begin using to enhance reports,
presentations, web pages, and research projects with graphic images. Since all
images have been donated there is a range in quality and composition of the
images. Many of them are extremely good for use in an educational setting.
Concerns: Some thumbnails (images) are missing. Also there is an unevenness in the
completeness and quality of the lesson plans at this site. Most of them offer
very good ideas and activities that can be fully developed into lessons. Many
do not include an assessment of what is being learned.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Access to copyright images such as these for educational use is powerful for
teachers and students. As integration, interdisciplinary studies, and
technology continue to evolve in the K-university arena, collections like this
one offer support for visual literacy within the entire curriculum. Having
immediate access to images for the development of a class project, research
investigation, written report, or web page can stimulate the flow of more
creative ideas for both students and educators.
Concerns: Since all the images are donated and come from many different people, there are
some discrepancies in the categories e.g., under "careers" there?s a picture of
"Dried duck - street market" (taio9.jpg).

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: There are clear and specific directions for accessing the images on this site.
The policy statement is well stated and informs the reader that the
Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for
use by students and teachers in an educational setting. There is complete
information provided about each image for referencing. Name, date,
photographer, location, date take, size, etc. The advanced search feature
allows you to find images by keyword, location, caption, and/or photographer.
Concerns: The fonts in the upper right of the viewing area (Sort by Name, Date,
Photographer, etc.) are too small to read on a Mac that uses Netscape 4.7 or
less and they cannot be resized. If a user does not see an actual thumbnail
image--only a the broken icon, the user may not click on that broken image link.
But, in fact, there is a photograph ?under? that link.

Other Issues and Comments: This site recently received a 2001?02 Award of Special Merit called the - "The
Cyber Golden Hearts" from the SIGTel Online Learning Awards. SIGTel is a special
interest group of ISTE (International Society for Technology Education).
SIGTel is a network of educators involved with computer-based
communications?either stand-alone stations or combined with other media. The
SIGTel Bulletin reflects the SIG?s interests and activities in the areas of
communications, projects, research, publications, international connections, and
training. Please see: http://www.iste.org/sigtel/winners2002.html.