Flickr makes everything delicious

I created an account in Cheryl\’s Flickr.  I uploaded some pictures of my family.  I searched for educational uses of Flickr and came across an interesting article flickrinclassroom. The article suggested the following ways that Flickr can be used:


  1. Using single images as writing prompt, sometimes called Flickton
  2. Multiple image digital storytelling projects
  3. Creating slides shows within Flickr 
  4. Virtual Field Trips 
  5. Creation of visual arguments, e.g. biology classroom-The Case for Genetic Engineering 
  6. Illustration of Poetry with Flickr, or Flickr meets Carl Sandburg 
  7. Using Flickr with Google Earth to teach Geography because of the geotagging
  8.  Visual documentation of school events 
  9. Visual documentation of student artwork and other school products 
  10.  Creation of digital visual portfolios, using the photoset function of Flickr 
  11. Social software applications:  how to tag, how to make comments 
  12. Delivery of school/classroom visual information via RSS  
  13. Intellectual property rights lesson using Flickr Creative Commons licensing 
  14. The use of third party Flickr applications to produce classroom products: 

  •  Motivational posters 
  • Magazine Covers 
  •  Movie Posters 
  •  Flickr slideshow 
  • Mosaic Makers

Go to Resources about Flickr for more information.

I am not sure why I would use Flickr since I have a Facebook account and I have more file space there.  My one observation is looking at both Flickr and Del.ici.ous as well as Facebook and MySpace last week as well as Blogger or wordpress is that they all seem to offer the same thing.  You can use Delicious as a blog.  You can use Facebook to photo-share.  You can use Flickr for video sharing (like YouTube).  I know that I am stating obvious but  it seems like a convergence is developing between social objects, social networks, and sharing. What will the social online landscape look like in 2 years or 5 years?

Cheryl\’s delicious account. I actually used del.ici.ous to search for some sites that talk about the educational uses of delicious.  Here is what I found: Top 10 ways to use Delicious,Tags Help Make Libraries Del.ici.ous, Using Del.ici.ous in Education (this site gives a list of references on how del.ici.ous is being used in the education.  I like the ability to link to other people’s del.ici.ous sites that are doing research or work in areas that are of interested to me.  I found a great del.ici.ous site on PLEs that had a lot of resources on how people are using PLEs in education.  The great thing about del.ici.ous is that you do not have to “reinvent the wheel”.  So much of the work and searching as already been done and you can tap into it and find what is applicable for your topic of interest.

I have been reading Web 2.0: new tools, new schools.In the book, it gives some uses for both Flickr and Del.ici.ous.  Teachers have been using Flickr to go digital storytelling.  From the book Web 2.0 new tool,  new schools the authors write, “Students begin by composing their narrative, and from it, synthesize the story into its critical elements to develop a script.  They add multimedia to the script by including photographs, music, and audio then put it all together in a logical sequence.” A English teacher uses Flickr to illustrate personal history narratives that are similar to the type that they are reading in class.  They also illustrate the events behind protest songs as they answer the question “How can you maintain a just and equitable society?”  A PE teacher has students create public service announcements on addiction and asked them to take two relevant statistics and make them come alive using Flickr in a digital story.  

Some teacher are using Del.ici.ous as a cross-curricular resource.  For example, a health and PE teacher conducts a Web search to find sites on disease, finds CDC site,  and adds it to the school’s social bookmarking service.  The health/PE teacher is trying to find ways to integrate science issues into his health topic for the week.  The science teacher is covering genetics the same week so the two teacher get together and review the sites on the social bookmarking service.   Meanwhile, the social studies teacher is scanning sites for tags to genetics in the social bookmarking service.  They will be discussing genetic engineering current events in class and she comes across the health and PE teacher CDC site along with other sites that have been tagged by the science teacher. 

Some teachers are using Del.ici.ous as research tool.  For example, student teams work on a project and can divide their topic into subtopics. They can create topic folders and store URLS together under the appropriate folder, then they can get together and share what they have found on line and select the web sites that are the most relevant to their project.  The ability to search Delicious using tags helps the students narrow the amount of information that they need to search through. The students also learn to identify what is valuable or not to their project. 

There is also an Appendix article by David Warlick called A Day in the Life of Web 2.0 that gives an interesting case study on how a teacher can use Web 2.0 tools in their classroom and in the school.  The article can be found in Technology & Learning, volume 27, Issue 3, October 2006.  You can find it online at BYU Library. 


4 Responses to Flickr makes everything delicious

  1. davidadewumi says:

    Try, when it launches. It’s an incredible storytelling tool that will let people tell stories the way they happen in real life.

  2. David Wiley says:

    This was an great post with tons of information… Nice synthesis of lots of information.

  3. I agree! Thanks for all of your insights! Have a great weekend!

    Linda B.

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