Google Picasa

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

Resources:
Picasa Support
Video
Introducing Picasa 3 (tim.mc.6.21.09)
Video about name tagging your photos (tim.mc.6.21.09)
Picasa in the Classroom (tim.mc.6.21.09)
Picasa Getting Started Guide
Picasa in Education
Adobe Digital Kids Club
10 Tips for Capturing Great Photos
Photographs to Canvas


SWOT ANALYSIS


Strengths:
  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Great combination picture sharing/photo editing package
  • Easily posts pictures to blogger
  • Quickly make collages
  • Quickly make movies
  • Tag pictures to locations with Google earth
  • Can edit the photo which users already upload on Google site such as Blog
  • After users uploaded photos, the photo is sent automatically on users’ e-mail. This method is useful for uploading mobile phones and devices with integrated cameras and email or MMS capabilities
  • Email Digest : After people share the content or create new albums, upload other photos or comment, the managements send a summary of these activities to users.
  • Create searchable tags for photos, even searchable by color!
  • Photo Storage up to 1 GB
  • Picasa can help you to organize your digital photos, and to use those photos in your classroom to enhance what you are teaching and students are learning. All the photos in the world are of no use whatsoever if you cannot find them when you are making lesson plans and activitiesSync your computer’s photos to your Picasa on the Web account. (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Easily share photos with others, public or private (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Name tag photos (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Video tutorials (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Excellent organizer (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Allows for creation of web albums
  • Notifications when your "favorites" post new photos
  • Can add geographical tags to your photos so you can remember where they were taken using Google Maps

Weaknesses:
  • Unable to create folders in folders
  • Photo editing is basic (although some may consider this to be a strength)
  • Must need download for using
  • It takes some time to learn how to use all of the Picasa features
  • May be difficult to use with young children
  • Does not seem as user friendly as Flickr or SmugMug (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • No Blackberry App to upload photo to Picasa (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • You retain copyright of the photos, but you give Google permission to use your photos (License 11.1 & 11.2)

(Below are current problems currently being experienced by Google Picasa.)
  • Multiple email notifications with the subject 'New Picasa Web Albums Activity' are incorrectly being sent to people on 'shared with' lists for albums that have not been changed or updated.
  • Clicking on a Picasa Web Album RSS link in Chrome opens a page with the xml code displayed. To use the RSS feature, please use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
  • Occasionally, photos tagged as one particular person show up in the other person's album with the correct name when the faces share similar traits (i.e. relatives, young children). Sometimes the same photo shows up in both "people" albums.
  • When you apply Ctrl+Shift+H (flip) or straighten to a name tagged photo, the name tags become disoriented.
  • Picasa shows a blank page when Yahoo is set as the default email client in Windows.

Opportunities:
  • Quickly and easily share photos through your blog with other
  • String photos together into a movie
  • Visual literacy Super program ideal for ESOL, ESL students
  • Creative Commons license : Users’ photos belong to themselves. That mean users have copyright
  • All students may use this program with any digital camera brand
  • Capture Screen and webcam and import into Picasa (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Print Captions (tim.mc.6.21.09)

Threats:
  • If proper precautions are not taken identifiable information could be revealed on blogger.
  • Software upgrades often requiring learning more new information
  • Not originated for classroom use therefore could be subject to online advertising and pop up ads
  • Have to be careful with the public vs private sharing of students photos (tim.mc.6.21.09)


Ideas for the classroom:
  • Elementary. Take pictures of student work, presentations, or field trips throughout the year and quickly turn them into a slideshow that you can play at open house or during parent conferences. (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • Middle School. Students can create a historical photo album by taking pictures of themselves in historical costumes and settings. Then apply sepia tones or black & white effects to make them look like old photos and print them out - or share them as a web album. (tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • High School. Journalism students can keep all photos for each edition of their newspaper or magazine in one location on their classroom PC, adding descriptions and captions that make them easy to find, re-use, and share.(tim.mc.6.21.09)
  • The Flat Stanley project can be taken to a whole new level with pictures now being able to be tagged to Google earth
  • Create concept posters with photo collage
  • Share classroom photo projects with blogger
  • Are you a science teacher? Make a photo collage or video of the rock cycle or water cycle. History teacher ? Make a photo
  • collage or video illustrating the American Revolution or some other period in history. Math? Create a video illustrating order of operations. Literature? Create a blog about the author and his work and illustrate it using pictures organized in Picasa. Why not have students do a research project and use a blog as a centralized place to collect and organize their information, photos,
  • videos, and other data on a given topic? While they would use a paper to synthesize what they have learned into a cohesive work that would be posted in the blog, the blog as a whole could serve as a digital bibliography of their research. This could help you sharpen students skills in using the internet and other digital resources in their research, while allowing your students to share their research in a medium that allows students to easily share and show what they have learned with others.No matter what subject you teach, Picasa can help you to teach it better.
  • Sharing classroom activities with parents
  • Timelines

Examples of Use in the Classroom: