Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Hi all,

Playing around with Picnik was the most fun that I have ever had on a computer. Picnik is a fun, free program to use to upload and edit the photos similar to Flickr, except it offers a variety of effects. ‘It’s the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos (kaylee-photography, 2009).’ I set up my very own account and really admired how it was completely private with access accepted only by the user.
If you are lacking photo editing expertise then Picnik is just what you are looking for. I found it extremely simple to use and that is a lot said because, I tend to have difficulty with computer programs, but I must say, oh how I am improving. Picnik allows you to add that special touch to personal photos or other photos you find on the web. It involves such tools as removing red-eye, cropping, resizing, creating boarders, adding text, changing colours, adding stamps and many more. You can also add your edited picnic photos to your Flickr account. It is as simple as clicking a button. The tools are very simple to use and can easily be removed to begin again. This amusing image manipulation could not only be used for leisure, but also implemented for educational purposes.

How could I use Picnik with my learning experiences?

The learning manager could incorporate Picnik into many learning experiences to engage the learners using Oliver’s Learning Theory (AusInfo, 2003).

I think that the resourse phase of this learning theory would really sit well with Picnik as students can edit their photos for their magazines that they are creating. By cropping, resizing and adding other features, the students have the resources to get the desired result they personally want to achieve. After all, isn’t creativity and personal expression important?

The students can create postcards with Picnik and tie it into many KLAs by incorporating the use of many different ICTs. The students could upload photos taken of them in class and edit the photos and create postcards of brochures or invitations for many different topics, and at any primary school age (Bunder, E, 2009). Click here to access a website that I found which has some great ideas on how to use Picnik for educational purposes.

I am getting addicted to Picnik and think that I will continue to use it for personal and profession purposes. It is a great idea and I am so grateful that it is so simple to operate. Well, I’m off to continue uploading and editing.

Until next time,


AusInfo. (2003). The Learning Design Construct. Retrieved July 24, 2009, from Learning Design:

Bunder, E.; Cline, E.; Ennis, C. et. Al. (2009) Picnik. Viewed on 17/08/09 from:

Kaylee-photography (2009). Picnik: What is it and how does it work? Viewed on 18/08/09 from:

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