Getting to know Flickr (Already use Flickr? If not, here's how I did it.)
Some other things to note... the upload of 30 photos or 100MB took about 10 minutes. Not so bad! Much faster than MediaLocker. Also, I suppose if I had gone in and edited my photos, reducing their size, I could easily add a few hundred more photos each month. But I don't find this an easy process. Is there a super quick way? Help, anyone? There's got to be a simple way to do this.
BEWARE, as I read over Will Richardson' book, I discovered that any free account that is not used in 3 months is automatically deleted. Yikes! I mean I am pretty organized and all, surely I wouldn't let this happen. Would I? One more reason to think about that $25 account...
Now with photos uploaded, I am prompted to name, describe and tag my photos. An easy process with Flickr. I liked the simplicity of this process. Voila, all done. Yes, I see that I can change the photos from private to public if I wish later. I can also delete, edit tags and descriptions easily.
Overall, I'm impressed. I guess I'll see if I am impressed enough to pay the $25 later.
Photo Sharing... "T-Week-Ed" next, For Learning!
Finally, the reason you are here learning with me. What to do next with Flickr that can make this web tool powerful for you as the classroom teacher.
- First of all, I can see that photo sharing on Flickr is a great way to introduce your students to the collaborative read/write world of Web 2.0, at even the earliest age (how about Kindergarten?) Begin by modeling and practicing how to tag photos, search tags and images, share and comment on other images. It's a good introduction, as well, to web etiquette and internet safety within a pretty safe context, although there is never a guarantee.
- One action I noticed in the Your Account tab is to email or post photos directly to my blog. If I had a class blog (I am on leave this year), I think this would be a convenient option. A very simple process, by the way. To test it out, I have added this blog for sharing with my Flickr account and 'posted to blog' a Flickr photo directly from their site to mine (post below). Simple. Easy. It does create a new post though, just a heads up.
Classroom Uses of Flickr by Jakespeak
Flickr in Classroom (Jakes Online)
Jeff Utech Video on Flickr (YouTube)
Bottom line, a good place to start... for you and for your students. But, did I tackle my overload problem? Not today. Maybe tomorrow.
Next week, I'll get T'week'Ed about video sharing.