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Explore Web 2.0 tools
Books meet Web 2.0
Social networking in education
21st century conferences
This course is adapted with permission from
K12 Learning 2.0
as developed by Shelley Paul
Photosharing with Flickr
Above images created by
__Spell with Flickr__
, using Flickr
photo pool. Click any letter to see original image with attribution and CC license.
How I got it here on my wiki page:
I copied the
big mess of HTML code
from the box on the
__Spell with Flickr__
page, then clicked "Embed Widget" (the TV icon) and pasted it under "Other HTML." (I did it as two separate words). Feel free to try it on your
page (you know you want to!).
For LOADS more Flickr goodness, visit
__Great Flickr Tools Collection__
after you have learned about Flickr!
You may have noticed that nearly every page on this wiki includes a photograph or image that relates visually to the content. Most images on this wiki come from the
__Flickr Creative Commons__
, you learned how Creative Commons allows users to publish their original work on the web, and give legal permission to others to use, adapt and remix the work. "Flickr CC" currently includes over
140 million photos
, from users all over the world. Creative Commons, folks. Wow.
What, pray tell, is Flickr?
In a nutshell,
is the Web's most popular photo-sharing site. Let's begin as usual with a little insight from our friends at CommonCraft.
Online Photo Sharing in Plain English (2:51)
Tagging and Folksonomies - Two Defining Attributes of Web 2.0
So, online photo-sharing has been around for about a decade, but Web 2.0 sites like Flickr offer more than just a place to store your photos and share them with family and friends through email. Flickr is a
community. The social power of Flickr comes from
, which is the process of
adding meaningful keywords to photos
(or any type of content). If you’ve ever used a subject heading in a library catalog or written names or places on the back of a photograph, you’re already familiar with tagging! Flickr's public photo tags are visible to the whole community, so the entire collection becomes organized and categorized, searchable and browsable. Flickr users can also comment on each others' photos and
(shared photo collections, such as the
pool I mentioned above) and have discussions about any topic or interest.
Photo tagging is an example of a
, an important Web 2.0 concept that refers to the
collaborative organizing of content by everyday users
. Unlike a highly structured, professionally developed and controlled
(such as library subject headings), a
evolves over time, as
. Tagging is a bit messy, can be very individualized, and is non-hierarchical (i.e. there are no "sub-tags"); For example, a photo of your dog may be tagged as
if that means something to you. (Also,
tags cannot have spaces
chocolate chip cookie
The concept of tagging is not unique to Flickr. Many Web 2.0 services incorporate tagging to add user-defined value and organization.
Bloggers often tag their posts
, and clicking on their tags may take you to a listing of all of their own posts tagged as such, or possibly a listing of ALL KNOWN blog entries tagged as such, e.g. through a service such as Technorati, which currently tracks over 90 million blogs. In Week 7, we will learn about
and use a service called
to search for, store and organize Internet bookmarks/favorites using tags.
You may recall that in the
The Machine is Us/ing Us
, in reaction to the explosion of digital content on the Web, Michael Wesch asks the question: "
Who will organize all this data?
" His answer (
- using TAGS!
Visual Literacy is Essential
This "Thing" is not meant to be a primer on Visual Literacy, but such a critical skill set can't go unmentioned (without loss of sleep on my part). For our students to be visually literate in the 21st Century, they must be able to "
interpret, use, appreciate, and create
images and video using both conventional and 21st Century media in ways that advance
thinking, decision-making, communication and learning
__Engauge - Digital Age Literacies__
via David Jakes). As you explore Flickr, I hope you will consider how you might incorporate more visual literacy-building activities into your teaching, and also how you can teach your students about Creative Commons, because, believe me, they don't know.
Here is a brief outline of reasons for
__Communicating Visually in the 21st Century__
from David Jakes; Please visit
for suggestions about using online resources (including Flickr) to improve students' visual literacy skills. If you are interested, check out Dan Meyer's (
) blog series about
design and visual literacy
, in which he ultimately
to submit a four-slide presentation "selling" themselves
__UC Graduate School of Business__
. The submissions and the dialogue are both provocative and compelling. The four posts in the series:
__Contest: The Four-Slide Sales Pitch__
__Four-Slide Sales Pitch: Final Entries__
(If you are short on time, just check out the entries -- they are pretty cool).
The discovery exercises and task
do not require
you to JOIN Flickr, but you are certainly welcome/encouraged to do so -- a good place to start if you want to join Flickr is the official
¤ BIGGER NOTE:
Please be mindful
as you explore Flickr that not all images are free to use!
Just because you can view it and you know how to capture it doesn't mean you have unfettered permission to use it.
See notes at the top of the
__Flickr Search Tips__
page for a few words about copyright and Flickr. The good news is, Flickr currently has over 140 million images licensed under Creative Commons, and also, many Flickr photographers will graciously give permission for educational and classroom use of their photos. Incidentally, this same concept holds true for Google or other image searches. We are responsible for honoring copyright, seeking permission, citing sources,
understanding what constitutes FAIR USE
, and for
teaching these essential ethics to our students
. Don't forget to check out that WONDERFUL
__**Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Education**__
On with it...
Expect to spend a good hour "roaming" in Flickr -- the time should fly by, as you are exploring an
and this should be FUN!
‡ HELP Pages:
are designed to assist you in
Parts 1 and 2
of this exercise. They are worth perusing.
__Anatomy of the Flickr Explore Page__
(The many possibilities for exploring photos in Flickr)
__Anatomy of a Flickr Photo Page__
(How to navigate a photo page; how to download or link to a photo)
__Flickr Basic & Creative Commons Searching__
(It's important to
understand the difference
PART 1: Explore Flickr (~15 min)
Spend a few minutes just getting to know Flickr. One of the best ways to do that is visit the
page, where you can check out: Most Interesting Photos, Most Popular Tags, Places & Maps, Groups, and general Search. (Try browsing and sample searching in each of these modes). Flickr treats each search word as a
, so you may have better results using phrases, e.g. "long island" (with quotes) or compound tags, e.g.
. Just have to experiment.
PART 2: Find some Creative Commons Licensed photos in FlickrCC (~30 min, depending on your personality and chosen search task!)
concept, topic or theme
of your choice (preferably something you could use in your teaching or professional learning) and search the
__Flickr Creative Commons__
(or more if you choose) photos matching the theme, concept or topic.
Download the LARGE (unless it's really big) size of each photo
(easiest to save them all to a single folder),
being sure to record the
(I recommend that you paste them right into the bottom of your wiki sandbox page, but you can also save them as browser bookmarks/favorites or paste them onto a word document if you must --
just be sure to save them!
) so that you can give credit.
‡ HELP Video:
__How to Search Flickr CC, Download a Photo and Save an Attribution Link__
(The Whole Enchilada)
‡ HELP Page:
__How to download and/or link to a photo__
You will be invited to use these images to create an
¤ PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT
__watch the help video__
and/or view the
for searching Creative Commons photos, as it is a bit different from the regular search and NOT OBVIOUS. You have to click "see more" next to one of the CC photo pools to reach the search box for those photos. If you don't see CC license symbols next to the search bod, then you are using the "regular" Flickr search box, which searches ALL photos and not CC-only.
An alternative way to search all Creative Commons photos at once is to use
__Flickr Advanced Search__
and check the box that says "Only search within CC licensed photos."
STUCK for ideas?
A few possible ideas: geometric shapes, colors, architectural styles, barns, lighthouses, bridges, vocabulary terms, natural elements, transportation, monuments, people, cultures, seasons, insects, animals, plants, landforms, billboards/signs, feelings/moods, writing prompts, inspiration, weather, technology, communities, holidays, collections, symbols, simple machines...
PART 3: Explore some Educational Possibilities for Flickr (~15-30 min
You can't help it, you are teachers, and you want to know about the educational possibilities of Flickr. For a mere start, take a look at some of these resources and examples:
Collections of Ideas
David Jakes -
__Classroom Uses of Flickr__
A blog post full of ideas for using Flickr to support classroom learning, including
Carl Sandburg Meets Flickr
, in which he uses images to illustrate a poem (think poems, quotations, vocabulary, figurative language, literary passages, also think slideshow or digital story).
What Can We Do With Flickr?
__Find Photos to Illustrate, Inspire or Support Most any Idea or Concept__
__Tell Stories or Support Writing Activities__
__Map Photos to Geographic Locations__
__Create (or enhance) Slideshows and Visual Presentations__
__Add Notes, Annotations and Hyperlinks to Photos__
__Extend Flickr with Lots of Cool and Useful Applications__
__Create Groups to Share Photos and have Online Discussions Around a Particular Topic, Theme or Idea__
__**Flickr Lesson Plans**__
from Education Grad Students (discussions posted in a Flickr Group -- using the tool to explore the tool!)
Teacher Dude -
__Teaching Vocabulary Using Flickr__
Darren Kuropatwa (via CoolCatTeacher) -
__Fascinating Flickr Assignment to Teach Math__
(A high school Trigonometry project. Be sure to check out the student projects and the project rubric!)
Shelley Paul -
- These are from an adult writing workshop, but the lesson could be adapted to any age.
MisterTeacher's Flickr For Teachers -
__Blogging Photos Part 1__
__Blogging Photos Part 2__
A Quick Word About Photo-Posting Etiquette
When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors), is it advisable to get the person's permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren't taken by you (unless you have the photographer's consent) and
always give credit
(and a link) when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog, wiki, slide presentation or digital story.
Further Resources (provided for your reference)
David Jakes -
Anne Davis -
__Putting the Pedagogy into the Tools: Flickr__
Josh Lowenstein -
__Newbie's Guide to Flickr__
__Great Flickr Tool Collection__
All kinds of cool "stuff" to help you get creative and extend your use of Flickr.
Jeff Utecht -
__Getting to Know Flickr__
(Screencast from October 2006))
__7 things you should know about Flickr__
Select one of the themed/topical photos you downloaded in
via link or by upload
, so that it appears WITHIN a blog post (see video below for help) in which you
reflect on your Flickr experience
. Please share some things you learned about Flickr, the topic/theme you selected for your search, and any ideas you have for using Flickr (or other photo sharing tool) to support your own teaching and learning. Be sure to post an attribution -- or, credit -- to the photographer, in the form of his or her
link to the photo page
). Be sure to include "Thing 11" in your post title.
‡ HELP Video:
__Insert a picture in a blog post__
‡ HELP Page:
__How to download or link to a photo__
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"