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FlickrEDU: Using Flickr in the Classroom

FlickrEDU: Using Flickr in the Classroom

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Published by Derek E. Baird
A beginners guide to using Flickr in the classroom with students.
A beginners guide to using Flickr in the classroom with students.

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Published by: Derek E. Baird on Sep 22, 2009
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FlickrEdu: Community, PBL and Gen Y Learning Styles

While not originally developed as an education tool, Flickr (flickr.com), and other social networking technologies have the ability to play an important part in student motivation, retention and learning. Social media and other community driven technologies are important tools because of their ability to foster interaction and communication between students. FlickrPBL: Slideshow + Notes

As part of a PBL activity students can upload photographs or PowerPoint slides, organize them in a Photoset and then share them in a Flickr generated slideshow during an oral report. As they work on the project they are simultaneously developing writing, technology, photography, and most importantly collaborative learning skills. Students can even upload photographs into Jumpcut and create a movie using free remix tools. Teachers can use the slideshow feature as an alternative to a PowerPoint presentation— simply upload a PowerPoint presentation into Flickr. After the class, the Slideshow is available on the web for “on demand” viewing by students.

Derek E. Baird, M.A.

www.debaird.net

A foreign language teacher can post pictures from her travels in France, and provide descriptions of the local color, landscape, and architecture. Students are also able to practice their burgeoning language skills by leaving comments and notes on photographs in French, thereby putting their use of language in an authentic context. Flickr + Creative Commons In the past, students cut pictures out of National Geographic and other magazines to illustrate reports. Flickr gives students the ability to search a vast and growing archive of open copyright photographs. Flickr has partnered with Creative Commons licensing to provide a way for the community of content creators and users to legally share content.

Derek E. Baird, M.A.

www.debaird.net

Students can use the Flickr + Creative Commons search to augment their own photos with relevant images found by searching tags in the global Flickr community archives.

It’s About Relationships: Flickr Groups + FlickrMail Students and instructors can continue the dialogue via Flickr groups, where they can interact and collaborate through conversation threads which can be started by any member of the class. As teachers read the discussion threads it also provides an opportunity for student assessment. In both instances, students are constructing new knowledge, while at the same time building and deepening relationships with members of their learning community. Students and teacher can also communicate with each other via FlickrMail, an internal email client that allows members of groups to correspond with one another.

Derek E. Baird, M.A.

www.debaird.net

Here’s an example: A teacher can form a private group for their class in Flickr, search the global archives for photos tagged “Missions”, “San Juan Capistrano”, or “Father Serra” and then discuss interesting or relevant photographs in Yahoo! IM. Or save them to a classroom del.icio.us account. Students can also use Yahoo Maps and Flickr GeoTags to explore the geography of California. There are lots of possibilities!

Flickr + Gen Y Learning Flickr holds great potential as part of a multi-faceted approach that blends learning theory and social technologies in the curriculum. Today’s students have grown up surrounded by the digital world, and as a result they have developed new ways of understanding, learning and processing information.

Derek E. Baird, M.A.

www.debaird.net

As new types of social media are developed, teachers will need to find new and innovative ways they can harness the power of these technologies to enhance their curriculum and support multiple learning styles.

Derek E. Baird, M.A.

www.debaird.net

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