Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thing #5

Thing #5 was an exploration of Flickr.  I'd had a vague idea of what it was, but never realized how much there was to it!  Exploring it was a lot of fun.  I could do a search for something, browse thru the results, then I'd get sidetracked looking at someone's photostream, which would inspire me to do another search, etc.   I am amazed at the sheer volume of images, the different levels of copyright/utility, the groups and clusters.  
It seems like it'd be a fantastic tool to use in the classroom.  I am hoping to teach middle school science.  How fun would it be for my students to do scavenger hunts, and post their results?  Each class could be in a group, and each student could have their own individual profile.  Then they could look at their classmates' pics and make comments.  This would really get them engaged and excited about learning.
This image came from Flickr's Creative Commons section, from the user CaptPiper.  I thought it was a strong image not only aesthetically (those blue eggs- gorgeous!), but in showing part of a bird's life cycle!


  1. Flickr is terrific. Just going through the different types of copyright is a lesson in & of itself. I'm following your blog - I did 23 things last summer .. so I'm going to try to give you some helpful comments :)

  2. good idea about using the photos and the internet to engage the kids learning. I had a cyberliteracy class at TCU and we had to make a blog and share with class. The teacher would even give us assignments which we then had to post on our blog and he checked them!