Flickr Punk

I feel like such a follower. I have recently become hip to the Edupunk and Open Learning movement, and as such I am trying to use all of the tools that they are using. Mainly, these free, open web resources (many of which I have been using for years in a lower capacity). It’s like I’m this kid who just learned about punk music and I decide to go out and buy a Ramones tee and pierce my ears — Wait a second, I think that is a plot from an episode of Freaks and Geeks…Yep. Here it is:

By the way, that show is the best ever known to man. If you haven’t seen it, you need to Netflix it today.
Anyway, so I have started using (or re-using) these tools but this time around I am looking at their potential for creating learning moments, either for myself or for my students.
One of the greatest things about the movement, is how some of these instructors involved are taking tools that were designed for one purpose and totally changing it around. Flickr is an online photo sharing site with robust features. As a site it is already great for education (especially in Design) in that it hosts The Commons — a repository for public domain images, as well as it has a Creative Commons search for finding photos that you can remix and repurpose for both commercial and non-commercial uses.
The feature that was introduced to me this week was tagging. Tagging allows you to annotate a photograph, placing comments about particular features of a photograph. I used this feature this week to annotate a photo for a Wikitation that I have been working on about creating effective video interviews. In discussing the rule of thirds, I placed an example interview shot of Mr. Rogers that I obtained through a Creative Commons search. I modified the photograph, placed a few tags on it and threw it into my presentation, just like this:
Mr. Rogers Interview -- The rule of Thirds
Now the bad part about it, is that the tags do not come through on the embed. But if you click through on the photograph, you will be taken to the flickr page with the annotations. I think students are then able to add their own annotations if they choose. This is a great alternative to Voice Thread in that you don’t need to create an entire presentation.
I’m excited for this feature, and can’t wait to see what kind of uses I can come up with later in my educational career.
Anyway, so please check out Flickr, and when you get there, be sure to add me as a contact.