Flickr evaluation by Delano, Nicole and Rick

Assignment 1
Part B: Student Media Tools

Fellow EDDL 5101 students:

We have chosen to assess Flickr as a student content tool that facilitates the distribution of student created imagesĀ and allows for comments by classmates.
The full evaluation of Flickr includes:

  • Ease of use
  • Confidentiality of content and discussion
  • Transferability and scrubbability
  • Appropriateness for academic use

We encourage discussion and want to hear from you. These questions are open below to break the ice:

  • Have you used Flickr in your teaching?
  • At what age would you allow students to post their own pictures?
  • Is there a subject that would not benefit from images?
  • Any tips/hints for educational use of Flickr?

Delano, Nicole and Rick

25 thoughts on “Flickr evaluation by Delano, Nicole and Rick

    • No, I haven’t. I am in the process of starting a photography club at my school, though, and will use Flikr to display the club’s photos. Also, we are busy with our photography unit in Yearbook, and when my students hand in their first project, we will add photos to Flikr.

    • Hi everyone,
      I haven’t used Flikr in my teaching nor had I used it before starting this course. I could see how it could have some benefits in certain courses or subjects however it’s not something I had considered incorporating.

    • I personally haven’t had the chance to incorporate Flickr into my lessons but I did some marking for a photography class and some of the students used it to upload a collection of photos for an assignment. When upload sizes and server space becomes an issue, using Flickr can be really handy.

    • One thing that I’ve found very useful is having Flickr accounts set up for a specific school or program at a university. This way the account can be used to host images as needed for courses but also for community-building events etc.

      One example would be the Educational Technology Users Group that I work with. They host workshops and webinars through the year and curate images using the ‘etug’ tag on Flickr at

      My own Flickr account is more utilitarian, mostly it has images I needed to have up on the web and easily accessible. You can even use it as an image server for web pages in a pinch.

    • Hi Rick,

      I didn’t get a chance to comment on your comments in our write-up but was struck by the importance of images as communication; how age is independent of language acquisition and that photos and images are an important way we communicate. It made me think about babies and young children and how easily they seem to use and consume the images on adults devices and how an app like FlickR might be used to make and share meaning for a pre-language child in a family. I also think about how little children can become connected to their family – especially if the extended family lives at a geographic distance (like I do from my nieces and nephews), through apps like this. I think it will be fascinating to watch how the new generations interact with technology and see the differences in learning and attention as the years unfold.

      • Hi Nic,

        What a terrific observation. When I taught Kindergarten students we had photos of their families in the room to provide comfort and joy. I hadn’t thought about including them in an electronic way through something such as Flickr, we were just asking the parents to bring in a hard copy. There are so many more opportunities such as using an iPad to create a story with those photos, or to take new photos to add to a school album.

    • I teach high school, so with a good chat on digital responsibility, and permission from the parents, I feel comfortable. I will keep an eye though. As for English, I do not yet see possibility here. I like the idea of a photo essay, but this can be done elsewhere as well. I will keep my option open, though.

    • I have been teaching at the post-secondary level so as long as students understood the guidelines as to what is appropriate to post I wouldn’t have any major concerns. As someone mentioned above, I would continue to monitor for appropriateness and moderate as needed.

    • According to Flickr “The Flickr Services are available for individuals 13 or older. If you are 13 or older but under the age of 18, you should review these terms and conditions with your parent or guardian to make sure that you and your parent or guardian understand and agree to these terms and conditions.” So in a public school setting I would wait until high school to use it but only after getting parental permission.

    • I think I would work with students from an early age but with teacher-run accounts, then moderation and supervision at appropriate ages. I think an important aspect of this type of tool is taking the opportunity at different developmental stages to explore digital citizenship and online safety. Flickr can have student-created images, with metadata, and commenting, as well as opportunities to work together in grouping curating resources. So I see it as a great environment for stretching one’s wings.

      • In my last position as a high school Math teacher, students were encouraged to use many electronic platforms to post their image works. There were limitations and more supervision for students in the elementary and middle school. I would encourage my students to have their own accounts on Flickr , so that they can contribute their creative work in groups. Comments and Flick the opportunity to promote collaborative work environment that Flickr offers is highly recommended for students

    • I wonder about how we teach children to respect bodies, gender differences and body differences in general (i.e. size, race, etc.). I’m constantly fighting “the boy culture” in my home – with respect to movies led by actors like Adam Sandler where women and their bodies are often disrespected. What is perpetuated in our dominant culture – often innocently (like in my home) and unconsciously and how are we recreating this as teachers in the images we chose to use for our teaching?

      • Nic:
        We can be very careful with the images we use. Unfortunately, media and especially advertisers bombard us with images that are intended to make us feel dissatisfied with ourselves. People need to be unhappy so they are motivated to spend money to be more like the current ideal. (end of rant)
        Flickr could be used to share images of real people in real situations (or just funny pictures of cats).

        • Love it Rick! I think that the more we value people for their strengths, celebrate the differences and have a sense of humour in life the happier we will be. I take family photos all the time – real people in real situations and love capturing the moments. Life goes too fast. My week in Mexico is over and now its back to reality! Gasp!

    • Teaching with images is powerful. I have used Flikr to find images, but have posted them elsewhere – with the proper citation, of course.

    • I have taught in the medical field and if I was using a platform such as this would need to be very careful what images were posted with respect to privacy etc. I could see it working well for courses like Instrumentation where photos of inanimate objects would be helpful for review but it may not be appropriate for other course I’ve taught like Patient Assessment or when the students enter their Clinical Practicum.

    • I think every subject can benefit from the use of images. They can always be used to enhance a point that you want to make. A picture alone can be very powerful just like the saying goes: “A picture can be worth a thousand words”. In my teaching area, Science. I don’t know how I would teach and explain certain concepts without the use of images. It would be a very, very, dry course. I’m interested to see what I can find on Flickr to use in my class.

      • I think that all teaching subjects could benefit from creating and distributing of images. Visual learners would find in Flickr images a great learning tool. Math teachers can math problems and geometric figures in photography.

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