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NEW VERSION OF THIS PRESENTATION: TMGA 170 Million Photos
125 Million Photos: Getting the Most from Flickr Creative Commons
GaETC November 2009
Shelley Paul, Woodward Academy
shelley.paul (at) gmail (dot) com
Learn how Creative Commons licensing allows you and your students to use and adapt others' works to support teaching, learning and creativity. We will explore Flickr CC, which has over
images, as well as some cool Flickr tools and toys that can help you make the most of this amazing resource.
Here's what we're hoping to cover in an hour... HA!
Overview of CC
plus a word about "traditional' Copyright)
Overview of Flickr/Photo-sharing
plus a word about
Generally search and
Flickr. (Flickr Tour; Join FLickr)
images in Flickr (
Use Safe Search - only works if you are logged in;
Understand a Flickr photo page (
Anatomy of a Flickr Photo Page
Download an image from Flickr (
Upload a saved Flickr image to a blog or wiki (
Wikispaces Image Upload
Link to an online image in a blog or wiki (
Wikispaces Image Link
Properly attribute an image:
Always include name of photo and photographer plus link to image on Flickr.
Be sure to bookmark/save image URLs:
Paste URLs and photographer/photo name in Word doc, Google doc or on a Wiki page.
Save to your browser as favorites or bookmarks… whatever works.
Create a Flickr Gallery (super easy but may not work for all photos; must be logged into Flickr) (Example:
Can also “favorite" photos (click the star) if logged into Flickr.
Drag photo URLs to special folder on desktop. (This just helps you find them later to download and cite).
Shelley's Preferred Method:
Save photo URLs to
(online bookmarking/notebook services).
for collecting and citing images (Example:
HOW TO: Save each photo to your delicious account using a special tag for that project. Type the photo name in the Title field and the photographer's name in the Notes field. Share the URL for your delicious tag wherever you publish your project.
- Use SimplyBox to grab the images in a designated "box" with thumbnails. (Example:
HOW TO: Create a box for your project and name it accordingly. "Box and Save" each photo, adding the photographers name as a comment. Make the box public (under sharing), then share the URL for the box wherever you publish the project.
When creating a slideshow/photo album/digital story, use Powerpoint to create an "image attribution" slide and export as a JPG. Include as the final slide in the presentation.
Third Party Search Options
Fast-loading grid search. Can be limited to CC photos. Also easy way to create attribution page, and to complete multiple-photo download.
Limit search to CC photos and also set Safe Search.
Search only CC images, includes built-in editor.
Flickr Related Tag Browser
Search for photos using related tags.
A fun way to search for photos by color (not CC specific).
Other Flickr Goodness
(Public photo collections indexed in Flickr)
(AKA "The App Garden")
FD's FlickrToys @ BigHugeLabs
(do cool stuff with your photos!)
Great Flickr Tools Collection
(all kinds of Flickr goodness, oldie but goodie)
Spell with Flickr
(create "ransom note" words using Flickr "One Letter" photo pool)
(view a "real-time" map of recent uploads to Flickr)
Flickr in the Classroom
Collections of Ideas
Classroom Uses of Flickr
A blog post full of ideas for using Flickr to support classroom learning, including
Carl Sandburg Meets Flickr
, in which he uses images to illustrate a poem (think poems, quotations, vocabulary, figurative language, literary passages; also think slideshow or digital story).
What Can We Do With Flickr
(Be SURE to check out Alan's fantastic resource:
50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story
Find Photos to Illustrate, Inspire or Support Most any Idea or Concept
Tell Stories or Support Writing Activities
Map Photos to Geographic Locations
Create (or enhance) Slideshows and Visual Presentations
Add Notes, Annotations and Hyperlinks to Photos
Extend Flickr with Lots of Cool and Useful Applications
Create Groups to Share Photos and have Online Discussions Around a Particular Topic, Theme or Idea
Flickr Lesson Plans
from Education Grad Students (discussions posted in a Flickr Group -- using the tool to explore the tool!)
Teaching Vocabulary Using Flickr
(via CoolCatTeacher) -
Fascinating Flickr Assignment to Teach Math
(A high school Trigonometry project. Be sure to check out the student projects and the project rubric!)
- These are from an adult writing workshop, but the lesson could be adapted to any age.
on wiki page w attributions
Parking Lot Reflections
Anticipatory Set Slideshows
MisterTeacher's Flickr For Teachers
Blogging Photos Part 1
Blogging Photos Part 2
Creative Commons License Guide
Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know
Drape's Takes: Educators Guide to Creative Commons
7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons
Anatomy of a Flickr Photo Page
David Jakes -
Visual Literacy Resources
Anne Davis -
Putting the Pedagogy into the Tools: Flickr
Josh Lowenstein -
Newbie's Guide to Flickr
Jeff Utecht -
Getting to Know Flickr
(Screencast from October 2006))
7 things you should know about Flickr
Tools for Creating Slideshows & Digital Stories
Animoto for Education
Create a professional-looking "music video" in minutes using digital photos and audio of your choice. Completed movies may be embedded in almost any website, uploaded to YouTube, or downloaded for offline use. Education version allows for much longer movies and pacing control.
Geometry in Art
VHC - Thing 12
Anticipatory Set Examples
Create digital and print books using original photos or artwork, using customizable templates, backgrounds, text boxes and stickers. Books may be collaboratively edited by many users.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
World War I
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Voicethread for Education
Tell a digital story using images plus audio, text and video comments. Allow others to comment on your Voicethread.
Letters from Internment Camps
Collaborative Art, Poetry & Music;
Jack's Monster Cards
Primary Art Portfolio
Coming and Going
Shapes Around the White House
EdVoiceThread Digital Library
K-5 Voicethread Examples from Cameron McKinley
An annotated listing of more than 50 ways to tell a digital story online -- much to explore here. Lost weekend anyone?
Get to Know Creative Commons
photo by Franz Patzig
One of the hallmarks of Web 2.0 is the creation and sharing of user-created content, and tools like Flickr, YouTube, Scribd, Thinkfree, Archive.org (and hundreds of others) make uploading, sharing and obtaining digitized content a snap. But with the free exchange of content comes the responsibility of determining how it is shared, how it may be used, and how to properly credit the author or creator.
As teachers, it is our job to model academic integrity as well as teach it to our students.
Enter Creative Commons, the best thing to happen to Copyright since, well, ever...
"Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally"
since December 2002, provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from 'All Rights Reserved' to 'Some Rights Reserved.'"
Currently, there are millions of photos, books, songs, poems, artworks, videos and other media shared on the web under Creative Commons licenses. You can search for all kinds of CC-licensed materials using the
Creative Commons Search
tool or by browsing the
CC Content Directories
Google recently announced
that is has added a
Creative Commons image search
One of the most exciting developments in Web 2.0/Creative Commons culture for educators is the OER Commons -- a site where users can find and contribute to the collection of thousands of
Open Educational Resources
. The most highly-rated content in the OER Commons comes from the
MIT Open Courseware (OCW)
project -- an online repository of free lecture notes, exams, and other resources (including, increasingly, audio and video) from more than 1800 courses spanning MIT's entire curriculum. MIT recently announced a subsection of OCW called
Highlights for High School
¤ A NOTE ABOUT "TRADITIONAL" COPYRIGHT:
Creative Commons is an amazing evolution in copyright, but it does not magically erase the need for proper citation, and ethical use of intellectual property. Neither does it solve our confusion about "traditional" copyright, which
still applies to most works of art and intellectual property
. What to do, what to do? Well, I am glad you asked.
I am very excited to share an unbelievable resource that helps demystify fair use of media in education. The
Media Education Lab
at Temple University has worked with a number of expert groups to develop a newly released
Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Education
, which "helps educators gain confidence about their rights to use copyrighted materials in developing students' critical thinking and communication skills." EVERY educator should read this guide, share it with colleagues and practice applying these guidelines thoughtfully with their students. These resources not only diminish copyright confusion, but provide educators and students with tools to help them fully exercise their fair use rights when using media for
transformative, critical thinking
purposes. The site provides case studies and teaching resources, too.
Back to CC...
Here are two animations that present the history and basic concepts behind Creative Commons.
(If your school blocks Revver, watch it here:
Wanna Work Together?
(If your school blocks Revver, watch it here:
What, pray tell, is Flickr?
In a nutshell,
is the Web's most popular photo-sharing site. Here's a little insight from our friends at CommonCraft.
Online Photo Sharing in Plain English (2:51)
Tagging and Folksonomies - Two Defining Attributes of Web 2.0
So, online photo-sharing has been around for about a decade, but Web 2.0 sites like Flickr offer more than just a place to store your photos and share them with family and friends through email. Flickr is a searchable, social, user-driven community. The social power of Flickr comes from
, which is the process of
adding meaningful keywords to photos
(or any type of content) to make them searchable. If you’ve ever used a subject heading in a library catalog or written names or places on the back of a photograph, you’re already familiar with tagging! Flickr's public photo tags are visible to the whole community, so the entire collection becomes organized and categorized, searchable and browsable. Flickr users can also comment on each others' photos and
(shared photo collections) and have discussions about any topic or interest.
Photo tagging is an example of a
, an important Web 2.0 concept that refers to the collaborative organizing of content by everyday users. Unlike a highly structured, professionally developed and controlled taxonomy (such as library subject headings), a folksonomy evolves over time, as
. Tagging is a bit messy, can be very individualized, and is non-hierarchical (i.e. there are no "sub-tags"); For example, a photo of your dog may be tagged as
if that means something to you. (Also, tags cannot have spaces, e.g.
chocolate chip cookie
) is one tag).
The concept of tagging is not unique to Flickr. Many Web 2.0 services incorporate tagging to add user-defined value and organization. Bloggers often tag their posts, and clicking on their tags may take you to a listing of all of their own posts tagged as such, or possibly a listing of ALL KNOWN blog entries tagged as such, e.g. through a service such as
, which currently tracks over 100 million blogs. Social Bookmarking tools such as
allow users to collectively store and organize Internet bookmarks/favorites using tags, so that everyone has access to each others' public bookmarks.
Visual Literacy is Essential
For our students to be visually literate in the 21st Century, they must be able to "interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st Century media in ways that advance thinking, decision-making, communication and learning" (
Engauge - Digital Age Literacies
As you explore Flickr, I hope you will consider how you might incorporate more visual literacy-building activities into your teaching, and also how you can teach your students about Creative Commons, because, believe me, they don't know.
Here is a brief outline of reasons for
Communicating Visually in the 21st Century
from David Jakes; Please
for suggestions about using online resources (including Flickr) to improve students'
visual literacy skills
You may also want to check out Dan Meyer's (
) blog series about design and visual literacy, in which he ultimately challenges educators to submit a four-slide presentation "selling" themselves
UC Graduate School of Business
. The submissions and the dialogue are both provocative and compelling.
There are four posts in the series:
Contest: The Four-Slide Sales Pitch
Four-Slide Sales Pitch: Final Entries
(If you are short on time, just check out the final entries -- they are pretty cool).
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