carlaarena 12:36am, 10 December 2008
Let us start on our Educational Exploration of Flickr.

First stop: Uses of the Notes Feature

Jane Goodall's Camp

Studying the Whole Merode Altarpiece

Another example of Art Students adding Notes

What Can We Do with Flickr?

Viking Invasion Project

Second Stop: A Display for Students' Creations

Haiku Project

Third Stop: Unique Flickr Uses

Choose Your Own Adventure Game

Flicktion - Why Monkeys Shouldn't Drive Cars"


Six-Word Stories


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Now, it's your turn. Check your lesson plans, books, course syllabus, and add your own pedagogical ideas to use Flickr in the classroom.
rodaniel 12 years ago
Carla, great discussion. I've been through most of the links. I think two are accidently the same Another example of Art Students adding Notes and Haiku Project both point to the art slide.
I don't mean to be picking nits, because I love the setup. Thanks
jomango274 12 years ago
Wow! I started looking at these amazing things to do with Flickr just before going to bed. I'll never be able to sleep now! So many ideas going around my head. Thank you, thank you.
Gabriela Sellart 12 years ago
Yes, jomango274, I also have to go to bed now with lots of ideas spinning in my head.

I was thinking about the difference between doing things with your students in a blog or wiki and in an environment like flickr. Even though a blog or wiki can be public and anyone can comment it is still yours, ours, theirs. It's difficult to explain. BUt suddenly, when I saw the art teacher and her class I felt something new. When I visit class blogs I feel like an observer, even when I comment. Here with that particular picture I felt part of it. Strange.

Well, time to go to bed. And sleep. If possible.
Thanks for this wonderful collection.
helen100463 12 years ago
Thanks so much for that - food for thought indeed ! The rocking chair story was very moving .
Like other group members I feel I've really seen something new - the ongoing discussion around the paintings was very thought provoking. (I'm going to have to read something really boring now to get to sleep !)
bettyjaneneary 12 years ago
Great, great ideas and I will now go on to show to my friends, students, teacher friends--thanks!
beedieu Posted 12 years ago. Edited by beedieu (member) 12 years ago
My EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students had some really good discussions with an amateur photographer and site developer to decide on which photos to use for the Dekita headers.
Short Explanation on Dekita
jomango274 12 years ago
The day after I'd looked at these, I showed some of them to a couple of groups of teachers I was working with. They were laughing at my enthusiasm but when I showed them the maze:
Choose Your Own Adventure Game , they were really blown away by it. It's such a great idea that we language teachers (and subject teachers too) could really exploit.
I also loved the notes on the paintings - could be great for student -generated vocabulary activities or for preparing for 'describe a picture' activities in oral exams. I think if learners can upload their own photos or choose them from Flickr themselves, they'll be so much more motivated.
Just had another idea: learners upload a picture and others use Notes to ask them questions about things in the picture. Of course this would be nice as a speaking activity but could be a good piece of homework where they practise forming accurate and interesting questions.
So many possibilities!
ggrosseck 12 years ago
Uau! The game in Flickr is Superb! What a wonderful Idea! I have to think about and create something similar to my students!

Thanks for sharing!
az-tesol 12 years ago
Photos—individual ones, pairs, collages—make wonderful prompts for any kind of discussion or writing project in which there's a focus on impressions, conclusions, comparisons, descriptions, and reflections. Photos can be the basis for activities which are highly directed (such as an exercise focusing on a particular grammar point or an argument pro, con, or in-between) or only suggestive (e.g., looking at a photo, thinking about it, and then using one's own words to make a conclusion, invent a story, give an opinion, write a reflection, guess a location, describe / explain how a photo makes one feel, and much more). Photos and graphics are much more engaging than relying solely on written or oral directions, in my opinion.
etrc_moldova Posted 12 years ago. Edited by etrc_moldova (member) 12 years ago
Great collections!

One computer in class needed.
Idea : students have to write a paragraph on paper on in their personal blogs on an abstract topic, say “Yellow”. Share their writings. Search Flickr for “Yellow” tags; compare photo results with their ides.

On of my students wrote about the yellow trend in fashion this summer, another about how she adores yellow tulips and the language of flowers, there was a paragraph about chickens and a lively discussion about what was first a chicken or a hen.
I just tried to search Flickr for “Yellow” tags and here is what I got:

joybells2009 12 years ago
I really like the notes feature. It would be great to use to annotate pictures building up clues for how the viewer feels whcih is effectively what we do when we read a piece of writing and analyse how the author made us feel the way they did.
I really can't add any new ideas. The resources is so complete.
siberian_squirrel 12 years ago
I was surprised of using hyperlinks in an image. What an interesting and very unusual idea - Adventure Game!

My idea: students will make a story out of 5 images (the story in 5 frames), but upload only their pictures. The rest of the class will guess the story. The authors will call the winner.
kellieady 12 years ago
I would love to know how long the Adventure Game took to put together -- what a cool idea.

Made me think that maybe students could thread together a collaborative story: each person would be responsible for a section & finding an image to capture the mood of his/her part, passing along to the next person.

Also, I wondered about using the map feature to construct a journey (either fictional or real). Did this with GoogleEarth tours, but didn't know about the map feature in Flickr.

Great resources! Thanks!
anamariacult 12 years ago
Well Carla,

I guess the first activity in the lounge was a basis to lots of things we can do with pictures. We can ask students to share a picture of objects that can say a bit about them (using the notes feature), share an object which holds a funny story to it... Using flickr storm to brainstorm words that could be used in stories or pictures to inspire mini-sagas...
Geekyteacher 12 years ago
I loved these ideas! Thanks for the resources provided! I think it's great to provide students with opportunities to work with tools they know and like!
(Who doesn't like working on a PC, BTW ;-))

I'm seriously thinking of assigning some pictures for analysis as homework. Perhaps, we could assign students some pictures to look at and think about, to start a discussion the following class, or to introduce a new topic, checking what the students already know.

SasaSi 12 years ago
Wow! Soo many ideas! Great!
Having read about all these possibilities I remembered I fooled around awhile ago with the notes feature... I opened up a class account (and have completely forgotten about it ).
I used notes feature for student's names and their blogs (we were involved in a blogging project). Looking back, not a bad idea seeing how quickly I tend to forget or mix up students' names.
Thank you so much for this. :-)
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frantim 12 years ago
Very, very nice. The notes feature looks like a great way of labeling students' scanned (or photoraphed) drawings. Is there a way to add a link to a label, to develop longer pieces of text?
frantim Posted 12 years ago. Edited by frantim (member) 12 years ago
star and moon by frantim

I was inspired by the notes feature to put this page from my beginning literacy coloring book (unpublished). I'd love to be able to put the book on the Web, but it requires more interactivity (sound, Language Experience Approach activities, Total Physical Response, drawing and coloring) than I think I can find. If you're interested, click on the image, then click on the squares (particularly the one at the lower left) in the larger image. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
stellamso 12 years ago
I could have never thought you could create so many incredible things with a bunch of pictures (and LOADS OF CREATIVITY!!)
stella :)
olgaahramenco Posted 12 years ago. Edited by olgaahramenco (member) 12 years ago
My creation by olgaahramenco

I propose a very easy game for the elementary ESL students . Usually I have a very big class and I want to hear every student working and speaking, practicing the new or already learnt vocabulary. So what do you need is only a projector. As you wish you can divide your students into two or three teams to raise the emulative spirit (to motivate them).
Ask the students what are the rooms? Then let a student name an object from the "Bathroom". For example "towel" another student from the second group names the object that starts with the last letter from the word mentioned before.
Example: "towel"-"Lamp"
If the students don't know any words starting with this letter you can ask them to name a word starting with next to last (Ex. "Lamp" not with "P" but with "M").
For the beginner ESL students you can propose a list of words (vocabulary)
cutenekko 12 years ago
I was really impressed with the creativity of the teachers. The "Choose Your Own Adventure" and "Haiku Project" were two that really stuck out.

Other ideas:

-Student centred vocabulary pictures. I use PowerPoint to present new vocabulary; it would be nice if the students selected their own photos rather than using clip art all the time.

-A memorial scrapbook. Students collect images each month that best represent what students have completed/ learned while at school. Students could write a few sentences about each image. This could be a good exercise for recalling & recording information learned in class.

-Using "create a set" to create a picture book or dictionary? I teach elementary level children and it has been very difficult to find a good dictionary for their use. Why not have students create their own? A picture that represents the word; a student-created definition, and the teacher could add the part of speech (ex: verb/noun/ etc). This would also help students think about the parts of speech, simplifying English, spelling, etc.

When I look back at all the provided examples at the top of this page, my ideas seem pretty basic. Teachers are so creative!
Erika Cruvinel 12 years ago
I have been using flickr for over a year and I didn't know about the note feature. I must give it a try with my students. The idea of the six-word story is great because I teach beginner levels, so it would be easier for them to join a project like this.
mme henderson 12 years ago
To ecourage my French students to speak about things that are meaningful to them, they can create their own sets to narrate events in the past. My French AP students can stage their own "picture sequences" to practice for the speaking part of the AP exam. They can use the note feature to provide scaffolding for the vocabulary and grammar they may need to describe the picture set. They could also be sure to use transition words so that the pictures could be used for writing as well.
Monica Lepcaliuc Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Monica Lepcaliuc (member) 12 years ago
I am passionate about representing words through images. I worked on something like this for my Master's Degree paper called IMAGES - ANOTHER WAY OF TRANSLATING IDIOMS RELATED TO COLOUR. It's amazing when you start studying them and imagine how they could be pictured. You probably already know that it's easier to remember them through images. For example: "the black sheep of the family", "once in a blue moon", etc. If you ask your students to work creatively on such images, after offering them your own examples (which I downloaded from the internet) you'll be amazed of what they come up with. They can both use their own imagination or use Flickr to download representative photos. This is an example of using Flickr for the idiom "WHITE ELEPHANT" gift:


You can view some more examples with cartoons representing idioms on my page
Carol (vanhookc) Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Carol (vanhookc) (member) 12 years ago
Flickr is my choice in the classroom! I encourage all Teacher-Librarians to use flickr in connecting to the classroom teacher's lesson. A flickr pic can be an introduction to a the concept or can be used to stimulate group conversation or a writing exercise. Flickr offers a chance for robust language development, via tagging / adding notes / or writing a description for a classroom uploaded picture.
amor8 12 years ago
So many ideas! I've booked marked this page to comeback to again. I'm going to find a place in my curriculum to do a couple of these presentations/projects.
elenargy 12 years ago
I loved the "choose your adventure" activity and although this session is my first opportunity to become familiar with flickr, I feel I must use flickr with my students! It is really motivating!
I'm coming back with my proposal!
elenargy 12 years ago
Since I am a fan of Vygotsky, I want my students to reach their target by sharing, cooperating and interacting. I could show each group of students 4-5 pictures of a common tag, theme having in mind a specific movie. Each group of students will have to make up the whole story and then guess which movie is related to the story. We could have a prize for the winning groups.
yya2 11 years ago
Spanish students in my beginner class have to read a short novelette. I usually ask them to recreate the story without using words to measure their reading comprehension (They don't have enough Spanish). Students search for pictures or upload theirs to portrait the main events and characters in the story. They work in pairs and prepare a slide show and post it in the class wiki. They really have fun doing this project.
decisive floor [deleted] 11 years ago
Hi everyone!
I enjoyed reading your ideas and thoughts. To be honest, I haven't read them all, but I did get some ideas and new ways of thinking....
I agree that Flicker, as well as many other social networks, can be a great tool and may be used wonderfully in many classes. I generally believe that working with kids through their life experiences and their common knowledge, we are able to get much more out of them.
However, being able to do so requires a great deal of discipline and class-teacher positive relationship. I think it is almost impossible to take children to the computer room and expect them to work on your terms, when the know so much in computers and may sometimes teach you a thing or to...This is why a teacher must have good relationship of honor and respect from the pupils, in order to succeed in it.

Despite all of the above, the main thing I got from the blog post and from you guys is the ability and desire to be flexible in the classroom and to allow my pupils to be as free as possible, within limits of course. Exposing our pupils to such amazing and useful tools can bring a lot of colorful and interesting experiences into our class.

Thank you!!
carlaarena 11 years ago
@Yuly One thing you can do with your students is to encourage them to make a gallery with photos that represent the story. I'm sure everyone would be surprised by the result.

@Noa That's exactly the point, spicing up our classes and have student-centered activities that motivate them to go beyond.
roelli2010 11 years ago
Enticing ideas! I can see how students would love to work with the devices and how they kindle their creativity and motiviation.
Before I use the applications in the classroom I need to spend a goo bit of time on them myself. I'm really looking forward to trying out some of these new ideas.
Thanks for sharing them with.

carlaarena 11 years ago
Dorothee, and that's why we are here, to ask, browse, explore, learn, share so that we can use, remix ideas for our own educational contexts.
Sheellahh 11 years ago
I loved all the ideas!!! I can't wait putting them into practice with my students. I had no idea Flickr could be used in a so creative way!! Thanks a million!!
smhamilton 11 years ago
The examples are amazing! I, too, had no idea of the many classroom applications for Flickr. for thought!
Msbea3 11 years ago
I've also enjoyed the ideas in this discussion (I still have to read some...). We've said it a thousand times...images can be very powerful.

One other thing that could work, I think, is something that's happened to me almost without noticing. I have a blog that was meant for my students but never took off. it's called Journey Journal. I started blogging about imaginary trips until I found a photo in Flickr that was the representation of the FOAF project (friend of a friend). I blogged it saying: journeys don't always involve suitcases.

That was a liberating experience. Now I'm telling a story that includes a YouTube video, a Voki, and two more Flickr photos (that I found in the Commons looking for one to post to our discussion about learners). It's the same principle: using photos to tell a story; except you stumble upon them -and I suppose you (students) could get suggestions as well.

I add words to my story and I think that's what makes them a coherent whole, given that they appear on different days. I thought it could be a good collaborative project if anyone's thinking of blogging with students.


PS: Looking at the examples for pedagogical uses I also found (and joined) two groups and added another contact to my list. When I blogged the photos I sent a message to the people who'd uploaded the photos and that added another contact to my list (and to his). Connection is still the most suitableword for me to describe the experience we're taking part in. I've also created quite a few galleries...
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