Monday, November 8, 2010

Flickr

I mentioned Multicolr in an earlier post but made the assumption that everyone knew what Flickr was and how it could be used in classrooms. Flickr is a Web 2 tool that allows you to manage your photographs and video online. This may mean creating albums, sharing with family and friends or even giving them the ability to organise your content - adding comments, tags or note. The app also allows you to create groups so that only invited people can access your photos. This makes Flickr perfect for schools. Create a group and invite students and parents to view portfolios of work, drawings, artworks, presentations, videos of role plays or even performances. Get the students into the habit of digitally documenting their work both process and product. This means that you also have evidence of outcomes and competencies. 




Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons License, and you can browse or search through content under each of the types of licenses. This means that Flickr is a great place to find images to illustrate your handouts online worksheets or presentations. It also means that students can obtain images for their own presentations or assignment without breaching copyright.


Flickr also has the ability to Geo-Tag images. This means that images have the geographical location embedded into the digital information that is recorded with the image. You can locate where the image was taken on a google map or google satellite image.





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