Five Funky Flickr Tools for Teachers

Flickr is a fantastic site for sharing photographs with others, and as such it’s also a brilliant resource for finding and using photographs to use in a lesson.

There are lots of websites that use the Flickr API to pull in photographs from Flickr and use them in quite creative ways.

Here’s 5 to get you started.

1. Flickr Poet

Flickr Poet is a quick way of turning a poem, sentence or chunk of random text into a sequence of Flickr photographs.

If you are using IWB software you could use the camera tool to capture your creation and put it into your notebook file (or the good old Print Screen and Art Program like I did to create the image above)

Go try it out now : http://www.storiesinflight.com/flickrpoet/

2. Five Card Flickr

Five Card Flickr draws from nearly a thousand photos on flickr tagged with “5cardflickr”

You are dealt 5 random photos from Flickr and you choose one to add to your story. You then repeat this 4 more times until you have 5 photos that you can then use to tell a story.

You can then write your story on the blog itself, or you could display them on the IWB for students to write their own stories individually.

If you have photos on Flickr that you’d like to add to the pool of images used, then just tag them with 5cardflickr.

3. Spell with Flickr

Spell with Flickr is a fun site for those times you want a word to look really funky and you’ve exhausted all the fonts. This pulls in photos of letters from flickr to make your word. Embed into your blog or use a capture tool to grab the image to use in a flipchart.

4. Phrasr

Phrasr asks you to type a phrase and the site will pull in words from Flickr to match each word and then animates them in sequence. You can save them, and link to old ones via the archive. Here’s an example.

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5. Bookr

Bookr is from the same people who produced Phrasr. It lets you use flickr photos to make picture books which you can publish or share. A nice tool for literacy.

Also – don’t forget these previous blogposts to help you find and use Flickr images in your lessons:

Like these links? Please leave a comment below!

 

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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