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 Week 2: Jan18 - 24

Photo Sharing



Week 2


During week 2 of the course, participants will:


  • understand the basics of tagging on Flickr
  • upload and organize their first photos
  • explore more advanced features in Flickr
  • play around with various Flickr Toys
  • read about using Flickr as a pedagogical tool
  • see examples of Flickr as a pedagogical tool
  • share their own ideas of Flickr use in the classroom
  • learn about the Creative Commons licensing
  • search for Creative Commons photos in Flickr under a certain topic


Extension: What if Flickr is blocked in your school/country? Sharing other tools and ideas




Task 1 - Where you Are From


a. Read this poem by George Ella Lyon in United States of Poetry, a book and a video published by Harry N. Abrams


Where I'm From


  1. I am from clothespins,
  2. from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
  3. I am from the dirt under the back porch.
  4. (Black, glistening
  5. it tasted like beets.)
  6. I am from the forsythia bush,
  7. the Dutch elm
  8. whose long gone limbs I remember
  9. as if they were my own.
  10. I am from fudge and eyeglasses,
  11. from Imogene and Alafair.
  12. I'm from the know-it-alls
  13. and the pass-it-ons,
  14. from perk up and pipe down.
  15. I'm from He restoreth my soul
  16. with cottonball lamb
  17. and ten verses I can say myself.
  18. I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
  19. fried corn and strong coffee.
  20. From the finger my grandfather lost
  21. to the auger
  22. the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
  23. Under my bed was a dress box
  24. spilling old pictures.
  25. a sift of lost faces
  26. to drift beneath my dreams.
  27. I am from those moments --
  28. snapped before I budded --
  29. leaf-fall from the family tree.


b. Think of your own origin and memories and make a list of


  • Items found around your home
  • Items found in your yard/neighborhood
  • Names of relatives, especially ones that link you to the past
  • Sayings
  • Names of foods and dishes that recall family gatherings
  • Names of places you keep your childhood memories


c. Use the structure of "Where I'm from" to write your own short poem.

Get inspired. Take a look at Jane Petring's example.


This activity is based on Linda Christensen's "Inviting Students' Lives into the Classroom" and adapted by Paul Allison for use in his YouthVoices project.



Task 2 - Your Origins Photo


a. Choose a photo to represent where you are from.


b. Upload it to your Flickr Account.


c. On the description part of the uploaded photo in Flickr, write your poem and save it.



d. Tag your photo. Tagging means adding key words that will help you retrieve your images whenever you need them. Use as many terms as you can think of. It's like an extension of your own memory. Also, when you're part of a social online photo sharing platform, it means that you can find fantastic shots under a certain tag that other members in Flickr have added to their digital collection. Tagging, then, not only works for your personal organization of your digital content, but also to connect to other people through their own tagging system and interests.

To tag your photo, click on the photo, then click "Add a tag" on the right sidebar in Flickr. Besides your own tagging system, add the unique tag for this activity i4eorigins and images4education, By creating and adding a unique tag, we can track new photos on a community just by making a tag search in Flickr.




If you are interested in exploring the world of tagging and folksonomies, check our resources at



d. Send the photo to our Images4Education group.



e. Add your photo to our Origins Forum.





f. Check other participant's photos and poems and add a comment, or a question to, at least, two of them.




Task 3 - Where you Want to Be


After having explored your origins, your memories, your past, now let's look ahead.


a. Choose some photos or grab your camera and take some striking images having in mind where you want to be.


b. Upload your photos to your Flickr.


Extra! If you want, you can create a set for your photos. A set is just like a folder with your photos on a certain topic. To create a set, click the Organize tab at the top of your Flickr page, then click Sets and create a new set. Besides tagging, this is another possibility to organize them in a meaningful way to you. You can use your sets of pictures to create slideshows, which we will be exploring in Weeks 3 & 4.


c. Fun time! Access Flickr Toys (Big Huge Labs), browse around, check the exciting options, remix, reshape, repurpose your photos to visually convey the message "where you want to be".


Wanna Be


d. When you're satisfied with your photo production, synchronize Big Huge Labs with Flickr (you'll see the option when you're done), and publish it in your newly created set. Tag your image with as many words you can think, plus the unique tag for this activity i4ewannabe


e. Send your photo to our Forum and interact with other participants by clicking on their photos and writing in the comment area . To add your photos to the reply box, simply copy and paste its URL between square brackets, like so: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/example/2910192942/]




Task 4 - Exploring Pedagogical Uses of Flickr


a. Read the following blog posts:



b. Access our Web Tour "Exploring Examples of Pedagogical Uses of Flickr", and add your ideas for smart pedagogical uses of Flickr.





Task 5 - Understanding CC and Exploring It


If you do a search, CC can be Carbon Copy, Circuit CityCommunity College, or a Volkswagen car. However,  CC   in the classroom is powerful. It is all about us, our learners, the way we  create and share digital content.


a. Click on the photo below and let's start understanding its meaning and exploring the importance of the CC for our visually-enhanced classroom.

(remember to join the Creative Commons group to participate in the discussions)


Creative Commons License
Images4Education by Images4Education Team is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License


b. Explore how CC licensing works.


c. Action! Think where you want your learners to be. Let your imagination go wild. Now, go to FlickrCC, add some keyword to the search box and find the perfect Creative Commons Licenced image in Flickr to represent where you want your learners to be.


d. Click on the photo. Copy the link to the photo.  Go to our Flickr group sharing space and add the photo of your choice with a sentence to our pool.


Here's a tutorial to help you with this task.


e. Extra! Do you want to explore other possibilities for licensed photos you and your students can use?

Access our Diigo Licensed Images bookmarks.



Still on Flickr


Flickr - Images4Education 


What If Flickr is Blocked in your place?


If you are in a country, school which blocks access to Flickr. Mashable has wonderful suggestions of other photo sharing and hosting spaces you could use.


90+ Online Photography Tools and Resources




Synchronous Interaction


Guest Speaker of the Week


Michael Coghlan

About Michael Session Where? When?
Michael Coghlan was teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in the classroom when he decided to become a volunteer online ESL teacher in 1997.  He is a founding member of the Webheads online community. He is an eLearning Facilitator for TAFE South Australia, the Australian Flexible Learning Community, and also works as an independent elearning consultant (NewLearning.com). He has designed and delivered online courses in ESL, eModeration, and Using Online Technologies. He has written widely on issues to do with elearning, and has presented at several national and international conferences, both physically and as a remote presenter. (Seehttp://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/articlesetal.htm) His particular current interests are networked learning, the role of social software in learning, and the impact of the Internet on society. Much more about Michael can be found on a rambling web1.0 site athttp://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/ Teaching with Flickr Recording and resources here.


January 26th at 12 GMT (check your local time here.)








Our Session Online Spaces


Our Ning Group: main environment, message board for announcements and discussions

Our Flickr Group: group photosharing space

Our Wiki: syllabus, weekly tasks, weekly discussion threads and tutorials

Our Diigo Group: online social bookmarking space where we keep all the resources being shared by the group


Click here to check your work for week 2



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