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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

BeFunky Fun For Teachers

I have previously mentioned BeFunky on this blog (9/21/2010 and  01/31/2011) As stated on their blog:  BeFunky simplifies photo editing and effects for everyday people. 
Check out how this classroom teacher in England used this web 2.0 application in his classroom, BeFunky In Your Classroom.
In the interview he describes the specific activity, how the children responded and the results which are pretty amazing for the age of the children.  This might be a good year-end project with classroom photographs. 

I checked their Terms/Privacy section again today and it states that users need to be 13 years of age so I am curious as to how he was able to use it with 8 and 9 year old students.  But the app is certainly easy enough for them to use and there is no registration requirement where any information about them could be stored.  To begin they just need to click the Get Started button.  Then they have the option of  clicking on six boxes:  Edit your photo, Apply Photo Effects, Apply Artsy Effects, Add Graphics, Shapes, add Text, Speech Bubbles or Add Frames, Borders.  After selecting one of these boxes a photo needs to be uploaded. 

With parental permission for a classroom activity this would certainly be possible.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    This is Baris from the BeFunky team. Thanks for the post!

    According to COPPA regulations teachers can take responsibility for minors' online activities at school. This may change according to your school's policy.

    This is reflected to our Terms accordingly: "...guardians will be responsible for accompanying minors for prevention of any unexpected circumstances when they access the Site".

    Also please note that you're not required to create an account to use BeFunky, so it can be used without giving any personal information, of course with the teacher's consent.

    Just let me know if you have further questions. You can reach us at contact [at] befunky.com