Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Picnik is an online photo editing service; it offers the option to import photos from a number of social networking sites such as Facebook and Flickr to name a few. Whilst still allowing users to upload photos from a computer or website. Many of Picnik's basic photos editing tools are free to use, however you do have the option to upgrade to have additional photo editing features.

From further investigation into this great tool I found that I could edit just about anything that was wrong with my pictures. To expand further Wikipedia (2009) discusses fixing photos in the following ways; auto-fix, exposure, colors, red eye, rotate, crop, resize and sharpening. This however is only the tip of the iceberg; Picnik offers custom made effects where you can add text, shapes, backgrounds and frames. The world is in your hands with Picnik.

As a future learning manager, I would love to use this great tool. From my experiences at school there have been many times where I have seen students taking photos and editing them on very difficult programs and achieving a less then capable or underachieved result. If I was to use this program I would set a task focused around taking photos and making a point of capturing the mood, angle etc. Then I would ask the students to upload their photos onto Picnik and then experiment with different effects that would help make their feature of the photo more engaging to the audience.

In conclusion I therefore found that Picnik fits well within Kearsley and Schneiderman (1999) Engagement Theory. This is because historically, students have been taught to work and learn on their own. Research on collaborative learning suggests that in the process of collaboration, students are forced to clarify and verbalize their problems, thereby facilitating solutions. To explain in more detail, what picnic offers is a chance for students to work collaboratively in teams to come up with ideas and solutions and Kearsley and Schneiderman (1999) support this further by saying ‘Collaboration increases the motivation of students to learn.’


A picnik in the weather (2009). Retrieved August 19th, 2009 from http://www.slideshare.net/sciencejeremy/a-picnik-in-the-weather-1766947

Kearsley, G. & Schneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology based teaching and learning. Retrieved August 16th, 2009 from http://home.sprynet.com/-gkearsley/engage.htm

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