1 July 2020

Compressing Images

For anyone who happens to find themselves here, they may notice that blog entries date back to 2010. Ten years of blog entries is a long, long time in regard to digital tools and ideas to use in lessons. Ten years is a L-O-N-G time in terms of web life as well; i.e. there are tools which are no longer available, others which now are only for subscriptions and so on. Life changes. Web tools do as well. 

I have said before that I also use this blog space for my own references. In other words, it's like a mini digital library where I can look for ideas and tools which I may need at certain points in time. As many other educators, my teaching contexts change and for each teaching/learning context, I try to introduce tasks which are appropriate for who I am working with. Those learning tasks may also require a specific digital tool to enhance the learning process and experience. 

As so much of our teaching today is remote emergency teaching, choosing the right digital tool and activity for learners becomes even more pressing. Although I also curate (Digital Delights for Learners) it is here, in my skybox, that I most often turn to when I need to refresh my memory. 

Sometimes I find links which no longer work, that have changed, or simply no longer exist. Web life changes as tides. Other times, like currently, I find that it takes longer for the blog to upload completely. Because of that slowness which has been happening lately, I began feeling the guilt (no, not the first time, I admit) of including too many visuals and short videos in this skybox. My guess is that perhaps this is the reason why this blog is taking a bit longer to upload. 

So, if anyone else may have that issue with their digital spaces, I would suggest compressing your images - it may, or not, help with the speed of your digital space (and if anyone really knows why this is happening, I would so very much appreciate some tips, suggestions, advice!). 

For easily compressing images, there are 2 simple suggestions:

Tiny JPG is really easy to use and you can compress 20 images in one go. 

Another easy tool to use is Compress JPEG Images 

Both are very user-friendly so it depends on each individual's personal choice. 

Do you have any other favourite image compressors you would like to share?

Further Suggestions:

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