Teacher-generated bulletin boards and mosaics composed by adults are visually pleasing.
But how much more powerful to have children ﬁnd, photograph and identify plants
A basic Flickr account is free; Pro accounts offer more storage capacity for a minimal yearly
fee. There are no special options for educators, but a teacher/librarian could create a set of
photos for classroom use.
Snowball Visits the Library
This collage was created by a public librarian. A similar set of photos could be used to
introduce young students to the library. Even better, children could create their own library
guide, illustrate genres, or promote reading with original pictures.
365 Project: September 2009
For the 365 Project, participants post one photograph per day for the entire year. Students
might work alone or in groups to record their school year or promote their community.
Cameras help students to look closer, see differently.
After signing up for a free account, users can create mosaics, posters, puzzles, and trading
cards, among other things. This site can link directly to a Flickr account, eliminating the need
for additional uploading of images.
Created with the trading card generator. This application could be used in almost any
curricular area, featuring careers, famous people, plants, animals - or the students
Picnik is an online photo editing site that works with Flickr. It also has both free and Pro
options. Special features include the ability to add text and stickers to photos.
“SlideShare is a business media site for sharing presentations, documents and pdfs.”
Uploaded slideshows can be easily embedded in a blog or website or accessed for public
My high school students were challenged to determine rules of behavior from unlabeled
slides. Of course, an even better activity would be to have them brainstorm their own list of
classroom etiquette, then locate images to illustrate the concepts.
Classroom Rules Part 2
My students had some interesting interpretations of the images I chose!
Animoto takes uploaded pictures and produces short video clips. The site includes music
available for free under Creative Commons license. Teachers may apply for an classroom
account at http://animoto.com/education/signup
A Day in the Life of a Librarian
This clip was used at an Open House. Variations might be “A Day in the Life of...” a middle
school student...third grader...ﬁreman...lawyer...etc.
When students need copyright-friendly photos, a Creative Commons search is a good option.
Be sure to grab citation information - and be aware that some images might not be
appropriate for student use!
“Twirling Princess” by dmcordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3388630818/
“life’s.illusions” by pawpaw67 http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/luschei/2295989987/
“Another little drummer” by basykes http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/basykes/8933562/
“Children learn how to make Chilean Rain Sticks” by San Mateo County Library http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/smcl/
“New Face of Learning” by courosa http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/courosa/2812306513/
“Learning the technique” by MiikaS http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/miikas/169444840/
“yr1plant” by LindaH http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/lindah/182284570/
“Black-eyed Susan” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3790227060/
“Flower 4 U Mommy” by mudkat http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/mudkat/180810487/
“September 2009” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3969916400/in/set-72157622201176782/
“The Rose Garden at Yaddo” by dianecordell and Ellen White
Animotos by Diane Cordell and Zack
“Addo Elephant National Park” by exfordy http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/exfordy/429421469/
“Pines” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3707711431/
“Spiral” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3390014819/
“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3192552018/
“Trophy Case” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3247979763/
“Landscape” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3435638019/
“Feather” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3617303407/
“Spirit of the Library” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3195847950/
“My camera” by dianecordell http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3187649857/
Creative Commons http://search.creativecommons.org/
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.