I ran across http://www.befunky.com/ through my PLN (Personal Learning Network) and have been playing with the possibilities. It requires no fees and no sign in or account to be created. Of course the first place I start when playing with photos is my kids.
The process of uploading pictures is very simple:
- Navigate to the picture and upload it.
- Crop or rotate the image as needed.
- Choose the effect you want (effects can be changed and modified with the onscreen menu).
- Save the new image to your computer.
But then I started thinking what else could be done? How about cartoons?
Cartoons and Cartoon Strips
The students could take pictures of themselves in various expressions, poses, run the picture through the web page and turn the digital photo into a cartoon version. Those pictures could then be inserted into a PowerPoint and captions added to make your own cartoon strips. This would be a great activity to summarize an event being studies, or a book they are reading. Maybe give them the pictures and have them write in their own captions. Students could also take historical images and make them “cartoonized” to tell the story of the event.
When Printing – Choose to print the handout page with 6 slides per page.
I then took it another step by pulling the images into Photo Story 3. Instead of a paper cartoon, why not a video? Students would process their pictures and then bring them into PhotoStory 3 where they can add text, narration and music. The images could be zoomed in or out in the movie and the still photographs have come to life.
Any other ideas for using http://www.befunky.com/ in the classroom?