Monday, February 22, 2010

Finding Photos for Your Slides

In an earlier post, we found interesting slides for our lectures. Now let's take a look at how we might create our own eye-catching slides. For this exercise, we'd like to create slides for the 10 Questions to Ponder we posted last week. We'll focus this week on photo hosting/sharing site flickr. Flickr is a great site for finding high-quality photos, as well as posting and sharing your own photos. Once you create a Flickr account, you can upload your own photos and "favorite" the photos of others.

When someone posts photos in Flickr, they have the option to make them public or private and to license them. The licenses range from "All rights reserved" to a variety of "Creative Commons" licensing. Let's talk a little bit about some of the "Creative Commons" licensing options--in particular, some of the terms we encounter.
  • "Attribution" is present on all; this term means that we must cite the source of the photo - in this case the Flickr user.

  • "NonCommercial" means that we can't make any money from the use of the image - is anyone paying for your PowerPoints?

  • "ShareAlike" licensing requires that any modifications we make to the photo be shared back with the community (i.e. Flickr).

  • Finally, "NoDerivs" means that we are prohibited from creating derivatives works from the photo - for example recoloring or altering the photo to create an entirely new version.

Within Flickr, we can navigate to "Advanced Search" and limit our search to "Creative Commons" licensed content.
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If you want learn more about Flickr and some of the advanced features available in Flickr, here's a great slideshow "Flickr 101" from the Nebraska Library Commission:
Now let's dive into our 10 Questions to Ponder!

#1 How do we support the changing role of teacher?
#2 What is the role of the teacher?

These questions both deal with the role of the teacher, so we've combined them. We found this diverse set of photos by searching for terms such as "teach," "teacher," "teaching." and "professional development"
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Photo by yewenyi Photo by foundphotoslj

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Photo by Barrett Web Coord Photo by Dale Basler

Now a little more on Flickr. We really like the two the photos from "superkimbo in BKK" that we included above. We can click on her username to see her "photostream" - the images she's posted to Flickr and made publicly available.
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Wow - she's posted some really great photos. We can continue to "favorite" individual photos - as we've been doing, but if we come across a Flickr user whose work we really like, we can also add them as a "contact."
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When you add someone as a contact, you will get an e-mail every time they upload a new photo. This is a great way to keep up with their work. You'll see some great photos from user paurian later in this blog post.

Now let's get back to our questions.

#3 How do we help students discover their passions?

The first photo we found by exploring paurian's photostream; the second by searching for "students" and "passion."

inquiry student.jpg student passion.jpg
Photo by paurian Photo by orangeacid

#4 What is the essential learning that schools impart to students?

There may be better photos to describe essential learning, but searching for "light bulb" we found this image, which makes us think of spark, imagination, or idea.
light bulb.jpg
Photo by zetson

#5 What is the purpose of school?

You can find lots of pictures searching for "school" "university" or "college." This is a great photo of the Front Quad of University College, Oxford. Apparently, it's very difficult to get permission to take photos here.
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Photo by Lawrence OP

#6 How do we adapt our curriculum to the technologies that kids are already using?

We found this photo by searching for "adapt" and "technology." This isn't one of Mike's cats.
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Photo by Tom Lemos

These photos we found with search terms such as "kids," "technology," and "learning."
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Photo by Barrett Web Coord Photo by Phil Scoville

kids and tech 3.jpg kids and tech 4.jpg
Photo by cogdogblog Photo by cogdogblog

Searching for photos even led us to discover an image that caused us to ask a new question:

BONUS QUESTION Do we risk kids becoming addicted to technology?
tech addicted.jpg
Photo by Joits

#7 What does an educated person look like today?

We love this photo - would you have guessed that we searched for "educated?"
Photo by paurian

#8 How do we change policy to support more flexible time and place learning?

Time: These images were discovered searching for "time" and "clock" - you can even try "tick tock."
time - ticktock.jpg

clocks2.jpg clocks1.jpg

Photo by Leo Reynolds Photo by Leo Reynolds

Place: These images were found with search terms "world" and "Earth."

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Photo by aussiegall Photo by strollerdos

#9 What are the essential practices of teachers in a system where students are learning outside of school?

We found lots of interesting stuff by searching for combinations of "informal," "learning," and "education."

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Photo by misterbisson

informal learning2.jpg informal learning3.jpg
Photo by jaycross Photo by Cyprien

#10 How do we ensure those without privilege have equal access to quality education and opportunity?

To find this figure we searched for the terms "rich" and "poor."

That should get us started. Next week we combine these images with our questons to create slides - stay tuned!

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