Brian McLane
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Three free alternatives to the no-longer-free Clipping Magic (image background remover)

Clipping Magic is a great tool; the best online tool I have ever seen for removing an image's background to "cut out" the subject of the photo and create a png file with a transparent background.  It is so easy that anyone can do it successfully, and the results are excellent. The once free tool is now a paid service. The prices are reasonable if it's a tool you use often.In the following …See More
Jun 1, 2014
Brian McLane replied to Jessica Laverne's discussion Web 2.0 Tools in the group Web 2.0
"LucidPress for both print and digital design! It's from Lucid Software, the makers of LucidChart. The program is currently in beta. I am using it for my high school desktop publishing class, and I love it! It syncs nicely with Google Drive and…"
Mar 17, 2014
Md. Nurunnabi commented on Brian McLane's blog post Why BYOD in Adult Education Crashed my Class
"Dearest Brain McLane, Thank you very for your fabulous post based on your experience. I enjoyed reading it. You are very right when you say '  I learned, but I learned the hard way'. That's actually a real learning! In the way/s…"
Jan 5, 2014
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Jan 5, 2014
Brian McLane posted a blog post

Why BYOD in Adult Education Crashed my Class

I love the idea of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), but it can be a nightmare! I recently taught a class entitled Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers. The class was held in a wireless conference room, but the attendees had to bring their own devices. Keep in mind that the students in the class were teachers, most of whom were using their school-issued computers. School-issued computers! School issued computers that were locked down tighter than my high school’s network (and let me tell…See More
Jan 5, 2014
Brian McLane posted a blog post

Looking for Part-time Work

I am currently interested in part-time work in prof dev/continuing ed as a software trainer near Dubuque, IA, or telecommute/teach online. Also skilled in graphic design, web design, desktop publishing, presentation design, image editing, cloud computing, and Web 2.0 tools.See More
Dec 21, 2013
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Dec 18, 2013
Brian McLane replied to cpstechcoach's discussion Live@edu vs. Google Apps for Education
"I recently read that Microsoft is replacing its Office Live apps with Office 365, which will be a subscription-based service. I don't know if they will still offer Office LIve for free, and I don't have the link to the article. Our school…"
Apr 22, 2011

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East Dubuque High School
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http://www.techmantraining.com/blog
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http://www.techmantraining.com
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twitter.com/brian_mclane
About Me
Besides being a high school teacher, I have experience teaching Web 2.0 courses for teachers, as well as classes in image editing, presentations, web design, page layout and design, etc.

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Three free alternatives to the no-longer-free Clipping Magic (image background remover)

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Clipping Magic is a great tool; the best online tool I have ever seen for removing an image's background to "cut out" the subject of the photo and create a png file with a transparent background.  It is so easy that anyone can do it successfully, and the results are excellent. The once free tool is now a paid service. The prices are reasonable if it's a tool you use often.



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Why BYOD in Adult Education Crashed my Class

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 4:02pm 1 Comment

I love the idea of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), but it can be a nightmare! I recently taught a class entitled Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers. The class was held in a wireless conference room, but the attendees had to bring their own devices. Keep in mind that the students in the class were teachers, most of whom were using their school-issued computers. School-issued computers! School issued computers that…

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Looking for Part-time Work

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:37pm 0 Comments

I am currently interested in part-time work in prof dev/continuing ed as a software trainer near Dubuque, IA, or telecommute/teach online.
Also skilled in graphic design, web design, desktop publishing, presentation design, image editing, cloud computing, and Web 2.0 tools.

 
 
 

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