Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flickr in the classroom

This is another technology I am not able to implement in the classroom due to lack of class time. Here are my ideas about Flickr in the classroom and how I would use it.

The year 2 students in my class have been completing their photo journals to finish of their Patchwork of Memories unit. Flickr would have been an affective tool to use with these photo journals. Students learnt about different emotions and how they can be related to their memories. The photos were displayed on a poster and a sentence was written to accompany each photo. An example sentence is; this is a happy memory of me spending time with my family in Thailand.

According to the Learning Pyramid produced by ACU (2000) when students practice what they are learning, by doing it, they will have a retention rate of 75%. This is another reason why Flickr should be used in the classroom.

When using Flickr in the classroom for the unit students will:
Step 1: Create a Flickr Account
Step 2: Upload their personal photos for each emotion they have faced. This will save parents printing out photos and cater to the Digital learners in the class
Step 3: Search for photos on the Flickr website which display emotions they do not have photos of
Step 4: Create a PowerPoint presentation where these photos are displayed
Step 5: Write a short explanation about what is happening in the photo, the emotion expresses and what the memory is

The photo on the right is showing a photo journal I created to show the students what is expected from them.

If this were to be implemented in the classroom I would assist the students throughout the process of setting up an account, uploading images and searching for images. As students are at different literacy levels in the class, some will be unable to read the information if this was done alone. I would also observe students to make sure no inappropriate images pop up and they are following the correct process.

By having students learning through technology is will aid them in future learning and engage the students in the learning process. By engaging the students and having hands on activities according to Dale’s Cone (ACU, 2000) it will be more effective than traditional teaching practices like verbal symbols.

This can also be an activity the students reflect on in their blogs!

- Natalie

Reference List

ACU. (2000). Why choose active learning? Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/whyuseal2.htm

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