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Think Photo Sharing with Flickr

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Think Photo Sharing with flickr



Close Your Eyes

flickr is a photo sharing resource that allows you to upload and tag your photos for free.


NOTE:  You must create a Yahoo! ID before a flickr Account .  flickr authenticates through Yahoo!


Discovering Some of flickr's Features


  • Search for images using flickr Creative Commons

  • Add title, details, change date and tag photos  (use an anchor tag to easily retrieve photos)

  • Add notes to a photo

  • flickr slideshow

  • Organize photos, i.e., batch organize, sets, etc.

  • Geotag photos

  • Upload several photos using the flickr Uploader

  • Send a photo to flickr from a camera phone  - flickr Mobile Site

  • Join groups

  • Comment on photos


Online Photo Sharing in Plain English by Common Craft


Using flickr with Students

Photo-Sharing Using flickr by Jeff Utecht, Shanghai, China

flickr Safety Guide from Yahoo! Safely

Is flickr Appropriate? The kids have their say... from David Jakes

Using flickr In The Classroom … Or Should We? by Brian Crosby is a fifth grade teacher at Agnes Risley School in Sparks, Nevada

Using flickr to practice Spanish by Langwitches

flickr in the classroom by Joolz

Photo Sharing with flickr Teaching Hacks wiki

The Promise of Social Networks  by Derek Baird


Classroom and School Uses of flickr

Activities for Elementary Students


  • Create Color Sets - As you are studying colors, have the students walk around the classroom, school or outside taking photos of the color that you are studying. Also, ask students to bring in additional photos from home.  Upload the photos to sets for each color, i.e., Red, Yellow, or Rainbow. Using the comment area under the photos students can post comments describing what the color makes them think, feel, etc
  • Create Number Sets - Assign each student a number to find things that correspond with the number and take a photo of them. For example, if I am assigned the number 4, I would look around my classroom, school, or outside for things that are gathered in 4's.  Or, create sets of objects for that number, i.e. stack of 4 books, 4 of my friends, etc.  Upload the photos to a numbers set with all numbers or a set for each number (Set One, Set Two, etc.)  You can save the set out of order and have students rearrange them or put photos in the wrong set and have students identify the wrong photo and move it to the correct set.  Continue to add photos to your number set(s) throughout the year.
  • Make Trading Cards - Have students make photo trading cards using images you upload to your flickr class account. Students could include information about themselves (name, birthday, favorite class, favorite cartoon, etc.).  Or, have students create study aides about famous people using images they draw and scan or photos of themselves impersonating the famous people, such as presidents, explorers, authors, and more. Use a similar approach for famous historical figures or even for geometric shapes you photograph with the digital camera. If students write their own "biographies" of the shapes to study from, they will learn for sure! They can even trade for favorites.   Please Note:  You will need to change the permission to public for the photos you are using with the Trading Cards Maker.  After the trading cards are completed and saved, you can make the photos private again
  • Take a Virtual Field Trip Using Favorites and Slideshow - So you want to take your class on a field trip to RomeRomePantheonVatican, whatever you want to see and save them as favorites to your class account. Use the view as a slideshow feature to share a slideshow right from flickr and take a Virtual Field Trip. 


Activities for Middle School Students

  •  Explore flickr - Allow students some time, guided by you, to learn about many of the Web 2.0, and let’s face it, cool things about flickr. 
    o       Profiles - You might have each group or class work with their account and choose a screen name and a buddy icon for their account.   This can provide an excellent opportunity to discuss Internet safety and review appropriate screen names, icons, avatars, etc. 
    o       Tags - Review with students the use of the upload tools and permissions, titles, descriptions and tags.  After using flickr for a while, have students compare tag lists or clouds to learn about folksonomy.  Determine the most popular tags and compare it to the flickr all time most popular tags.
    o       Add notes - Create an interactive image that includes rollovers with popup and links using the notes feature.  Here are a few examples: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klm_digital_snaps/672626504/\
  •  Visual Story Telling - Join the group Tell A Story In 5 Frames for Educators.   This is an education-related group I administer, so I can make sure the group rules are adhered to and it stays a safe group for students and teachers.  Have students develop stories they can tell with 5 photos.  The photos they choose to use for their story will have to be made public or they will not be seen in the discussion.  After all students have posted, have them comment on each other’s stories.  Discuss with them the value of positive feedback and what types of comments are appropriate to include. 
  •  Writing About an Image - Have each student conduct a Creative Commons search for photos using a tag of their choosing at
    http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/.  This will require students searching within the entire flickr community.  Discuss, in advance, what should be done if an inappropriate photo is returned in their search. You might want to pre-select some tags related to a topic you are currently studying.  This would allow you to search prior to the students to make sure the photos returned are appropriate.  Students can then download one of the images from their search into a word processing document and write a paragraph about the image.   Alternatively, students could use a wiki page and insert the picture using HTML code and then write their paragraph.  Other student's could then review, edit and/or contribute additional writing about the image.  Or, choose a photo from flickr and show it to your students.  Have them write about it for a specified period of time.  Another option might be to have the students use keywords as tags from current news stories to find and download a photo related to a current event.  Students could then write a news article about the current event using a photo they found.
  • Illustrate a poem - Have students select words in their favorite poem or song to link to photos on flickr.  Or have them write their own poems or short stories.
    Feel free to sing along with this example:




Take Me Out to the Ballgame


Take me out

To the ballgame

Take me out 

With the crowd

Buy me some peanuts

And Crackerjack

I don't care if 

I never get back

Let me root, root, root

For the hometeam

If they don't win

It's a shame 

For it's one, two,

Threestrikes you're out 

At the old ballgame!




My flickr Photos used by Others 

The Wired Classroom - Mehlville Technology Fair

Casa Sugar Article Plants That Purify: English Ivy

Schmap St. Louis - Live on the Levee(2 photos) - Live on the Levee and Rockin' on the River

My Photos used by NowPublic





Creative Commons 

"Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright. "


Attribution. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.


Noncommercial. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.  


No Derivative Works. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.


Share Alike. You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work. 


flickr Lesson Ideas Using Creative Commons For each of the following ideas, be sure students give credit to the original owner's work.

  • Writing About an Image - Have each student search for photos by randomly selecting a tag of their choosing at http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/.  Students then download the first image from their search into a word processing document and write a paragraph about the image.   Alternatively, students could use a wiki page and insrt the picture using HTML code and then write their paragraph.  Other student's could then review, edit and/or contribute additional writing about the image.  Or, choose a photo from flickr  and show it to your students.  Have them write about it for a specified period of time.
  • One Picture, Many Pictures - Teacher selects an image with the appropriate licensing and has each student download the image and modify it using MS paint, Photoshop, etc. All the "new" photos can then be uploaded to flickr into a set or discussion. 
  • Virtual Photo Fieldtrip - Have students look for images (using tags) from a certain part of the world that you are/will be studying. Have them find photos of the same place from at least three different people. Using PowerPoint, have the students create a virtual field trip to present to the class using the pictures they found.   Students could also cut around themselves in other pictures and place them onto the photos to create the appearance of actually being there.
  • Current Events - Have the students use keywords as tags from the news to find and then download topical images and write a news article about the current event using a photo they found. 
  • Search flickr using a third party flickr search engine


Create photo projects using third party flickr tools and embed or upload back to flickr. 


Mbedr - embed a photo from Flickr on your own site while retaining any annotated regions present on the original.

Truman House & Yard


What Can We Do With Flickr?


White Country Fair Grounds Horse Show


Family Room

Mosaic Maker - Make a square or rectangular mosaic from a photoset or individual images. 

Garden of Flowers Mosaic 


flickrSLiDR - embed the classic flickr slideshows on your website 

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.














Warholizer - Daisy Warholized

Daisy Warholized


Make Your Own Kaleidoscope! - Create a kaleidoscope with a photo and make the kaleidoscope move by clicking and dragging on the image with the mouse. 

Fall Leaves (Sphere) Kaleidoscope


Easter Eggs - Surprise your friends and family with a unique easter-egg

Post It Egg 


Amazing Circles

Highlighter Circle 


Hockneyizer - Create a unique "collage" from a single photo 

Danaus plexippus Hockneyized



  • Add Widgets and Links from your flickr photostream to your website or blog



flickr DNA - flickr DNA gathers public information about any flickr member

View my DNA at bighugelabs.com




Get great free widgets at Widgetbox!


Profile Widget - Enter your flickr username, email, or user ID and this nifty little gadget will create a customized image that you can paste into your profile page (or any other web page) that will automagically update itself throughout the day.

klmonty. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr


And More…The Great flickr Tools Collection & Big Huge Labs & Tools for flickr


Additional Resources


Other Web 2.0 Tools that Work with flickr

  • Picnik - quickly edit all your online photos
  • VoiceThread - make comments, either audio or text, and share them with anyone they wish



  • Ning - create, customize, and share your own social network
  • Bubblesnaps - add animated speech bubbles to your photos and e-mail them to your friends
  • Animoto - automatically generates professionally produced video
  • Gickr - instantly create animated GIF online
  • flickr Back-up  - a utility that allows you to download the pictures you have uploaded to flickr back down to your computer for personal backup or restore.
  • Tag Galaxy - 3D flash application using tags to create a galaxy based on related tags.


flickr Games & Toys

  • Memry - the classic memory game based on flickr images using tags.
  • TagMan - Hangman played online with flickr tags.
  • Name That Contact - A game to test how well you know your flickr contacts based on their photos.
  • Bubblr - Create comic strips by adding speech bubbles to flickr images based on username and tags.
  • Fastr - Loads ten images from flickr with a common tag and you guess the tag.
  • Photomunchrs - Munch photos that match the game tag, but avoid the Traggles.
  • flickr Soduoku  - Sodoku using flickr images. Much harder than the number version.
  • Flictionary - Guess the compound word from two images.
  • Fillustrator -  Illustartes original stories with flickr images.
  • Phrasr - Phrases you write illustrated with images from flickr.


Other Online Photo Sharing Sites

  • Photobucket - uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos, and graphics. Your free Photobucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video. Photobucket also offers free tools for making slideshows of photos, videos with music.
  • Picasa  - a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organize all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos and share your photos with others through e-mail, prints, and on the web.
  • Smilebox - allows you to create animated scrapbooks, photobooks, slideshows, postcards, and ecards for any occasion, and email them to anyone.
  • Tabblo - lets you create printable photo albums (no animation or music) that can be viewed online and shared with a circle of friends. 

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