June 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm 5 comments

· Flickr ( is the Web 2.0 tool that I chose. It is an online photo management tool. The site has the following capabilities;

1. Upload pictures from desktop

2. Organize pictures

3. Share Pictures (Collections/Set) – This has a privacy feature where you can limit who sees work. It also has a copyright feature.

4. Mapping – Put pictures on map

5. Make Stuff with pictures

6. Keep In Touch – Discussion capability

· Flickr can be run on either a MAC or PC. To upload pictures you have the following options;

1. Via the Flickr Uploader

2. Via IPhoto, Aperture, or Windows XP Plugins

3. Via e-mail

4. Via various free third party desk top programs

The site relies on standard HTML and HTTP features, allowing for wide compatibility among platforms and browsers

· The first thought that came to mind with the effective use in instruction was a high school photography class. I spoke with my son’s friend who is an art student at THS and he uses this program along with others in his home in order to research, learn, and share ideas about photography. At the elementary level, I immediately thought of our art teacher and the ability to photograph student work and file via the collections/set option in Flickr. A set could be the grade level and the collections could be based on topic. This appears to be a great way to keep track and share work with parents. I also thought the Make Stuff option might be a great fundraiser for the school. What parent doesn’t love pictures of their kids on stuff?

· After my initial thought involving the art department, I then went to the core curriculum. In fourth grade our students in Baltimore County are to know where all the states are on a map. An instructor could have students bring electronic pictures of places in states they’ve been and these pictures could be put on a map with the drag and drop feature. This would personalize the learning. This could also be used in fifth grade when the students take their field trip to Philadelphia. As a math teacher, I immediately thought of geometry in our world. The students could take pictures of various geometric shapes and angles in our world and it could be uploaded into a sharing page in order to give a real world application to geometry.

· A Yahoo ID is needed to use Flickr. The biggest limitation is our own limitation in Baltimore County. All students must sign a release for any works or pictures to be used on the Baltimore County Website or in any other form of publication. I am not sure how this would transcend into the use of a Web 2.0 tool like Flickr.

· If Baltimore County would allow the use of a tool like this, there would have to be several guidelines put in place. A list of allowable members would have to be established in each classroom and at the school level. It would only be able to be used in the school level unless permission was released by parents and BCPS. There are several layers of management that would have to be gone through for this type of tool to be used

· I think this tool would be wonderful to use in the classroom and at the school level. However, I do think that all the red tape that would have to be gone through might be too much for Baltimore County.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. becca14  |  June 9, 2008 at 2:13 am

    What a neat tool, Flo! In addition to all of the wonderful options Flickr has to offer, I thnk it would also be a great way to organize photographs for the newsletters I create using letterpop 🙂

  • 2. gmdevos  |  June 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    This is a cool tool! I heard people talking about it somewhere, so out of curiousity I had done some exploring on the site a few weeks ago. It seems like another fun vehicle for sharing photos.

  • 3. wleake  |  June 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Flo I have always wanted to know more about Flicker. It seems like a great tool albeit with BCPS limits. Did you try it? What were upload speeds like?

  • 4. vlockwood  |  June 10, 2008 at 4:18 am

    I’m (sadly) wondering if all the red tape is more a sign of the times than a commentary or BCPS. I wonder if other schools systems have similar restrictions. It is too bad, because I love your ideas. It is wonderfu when we can branch out to include the special area teachers in our applications – and the Make Stuff fundraiser option seems so much better than wrapping paper and cookie dough. The map idea is the best. Is Flicker free? I thought you couldn’t get something for nothing! This is amazing to me.

  • 5. Liz Ott  |  June 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    My favorite part of Flickr is the “tag cloud” at the bottom. This site was the first large site to successfully make use of this system. For those that don’t know, “tag clouds” are visual depictions of user-generated tags. In other words, words that appear larger have more content associated than the words that are smaller. Pretty cool, right? Check it out!


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