Meet the Beetles: Mike Libby’s Insect Lab Studio

Meet the BeetlesWhile others may be trying to get rid of any number of six-legged critters, artist Mike Libby is busily constructing them. His site, Insect Lab Studio, hosts images of mechanical creations that fascinate and evoke thoughts of science-fiction steeped in steampunk fauna. The cog and mainspring creepy-crawlies Libby assembles are beautiful and and instructive. His quasi-robotic works make viewers want to know more about their real-world counterparts. Fly over to  Insect Lab Studio and see what the buzz is all about.

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The Bigger Picture: Public Domain Images

Many commercial software packages contain all kinds of clip art. Over time, learners become dependent on the ready-made store of images. Instead of promoting such behavior, introduce your classroom to the Open Clip Art Library and other similar sites. Encourage young scholars to use pieces of clip art and images that are free of copyright restraints. This is especially if important if students are participating in events such as science fairs where their media-rich products may end up being broadcast or released to audiences beyond the confines of your classroom and school.

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The best way to avoid copyright issues is to have students capture and/or create their own images. If they do not or cannot capture and/or create their own pictures, they can search for copyright-free images from the following sites:


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Enlightened Alphabet: Illuminated Letters

pic_04dd a little razzle-dazzle to your presentations while integrating technology. How? Use beautiful illuminated letters available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and graciously hosted at Wikimedia Commons.

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Illuminated Manuscripts by John William Bradley

About Face: Mr. Picassohead

It’s Friday. Have some fun! Fire up an interactive whiteboard, drop by Mr. Picassohead, and generate a work of art (or two).

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