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Flickr’s primary purpose is to provide an online space where people can
and store their photos and videos. Like many of the social media tools it also offers great potential for teaching.
Flickr affords opportunity to teach
The skills of
(uploading, tagging, organizing, creating networks)
skills (how to appropriately tag
; comparison/analysis of tags used by other Flickr users)
skills (literal v figurative language; spelling; discussion/comments; creative writing)
A 1 hour workshop to demonstrate how Flickr can be used to realize these teaching goals.
Show an image
Brainstorm possible tags
Distinguish between literal and figurative
See what other images share the same tag
Have students find or create images on assigned tag(s)
Review images and use as starting point for discussion (critical thinking) and or creative writing
2. Using Flickr to create a class network
agree on a group tag
have students upload an image and tag with this agreed group tag
search all Flickr
for images using this tag
(use username of others in the workshop if no images appear with this tag)
go to profile of creator of any photo found and 'add as contact'
go to 'your contacts' to see the photos of your newly created network
Flickr can sometimes take up to 48 hours for all images with the class or group tag to appear.
You can also use the
feature in Flickr to join group members together.
3. A Basic Exercise in Digital Literacy
each student uploads an image
have them give the image a title, description, and tags
students browse each others' images and comment on title, and tags (they might suggest further tags)
: the purpose of tagging
any user can add tags to
other photo in Flickr but the user/owner must enable this feature.
4. Subject Specific Tag Searching
think of a topic within your subject or teaching area
search for images using that topic as a tag
select images that may be included as part of course content
(Are there other ways you might use subject specific images from Flickr in your teaching?)
5. Uploading Images via Email or MMS
go to your account
click on the Email tab
you will see the automatically generated email address Flickr provides for email or MMS uploading of images
use the edit link to insert tags that always appear with any images you email or upload by phone
6. Creative Commons (via Advanced Search)
click on the Search tab (top right)
select Everyone's Uploads and Advanced Search
select Full Text or Tags Only
scroll down and select 'only search within Creative Commons licensed content'
start your search
Images designated as Creative Commons can be used freely for other purposes as long as the original owner of the image is attributed.
7. Finding your Flickr (RSS) Feed
click on your Photostream
scroll to the bottom of the page
notice 'subscribe to user's Photostream'
run your mouse over the
right mouse click to copy the link to clipboard
paste wherever you wish to create an RSS feed of your photos (eg
, Google Reader, etc)
Getting a Flickr Badge
Make sure you are logged in and go to
and follow the steps.
(You will need to copy the code provided and paste where you want your badge to appear.)
for an example of an embedded Flickr badge
9. Using the Add Note Tool
open any photo
select the Add Note from the menu above the photo
position and resize the target rectangle as necessary
type comment in text box and press save
captions for photos - thought bubbles, imagined dialogue of people in a photo, highlighting aspects of a photo (eg the right and wrong way of using a power tool), etc
10. Telling Stories
have students take a series of photos that tell a story
students tell their story in class, OR
have other students construct story from the series of
11. Having FUN with Flickr
go to Big Huge Labs at
to create Mosaics, Captions, and much more!
is a great way to create a world of image tags - punch in a tag and see what comes up. Click on the planet to see the images.
watch the images roll in on a world map in almost real time at
How to use Flickr in Teaching and Learning
What can we do with Flickr?
Using Flickr to
a series of images
The Six Word Story
Public Domain Images
Create a Museum Tour
to search for Creative Commons images
this resource - a guide to using Flickr with tutorials
Motivating Language Learners with Flickr
- Aaron Campbell
Classroom Uses of Flickr
- David Jakes
Exploring Examples of Pedagogical Uses of Flickr
Shahi - A Visual Dictionary
that combines standard text definitions with Flickr images
- mainly language focus but lots of good ideas that can be transferred to other contexts
Web Tools09 - Flickr
(created by Frankie Forsyth)
A Guide to using FlickR in higher education
- Robyn Jay
Please contribute ANY OTHER IDEAS on Teaching with Flickr
(click edit this page, add your bit, and save.)
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