Welcome once again,
Before i get into the necessities required for this course, i thought i would just show you a brief slideshow i created through Flickr. The photos were taken during a family holiday in Melbourne last year and display the sun rising over The Great Ocean Road.
As i mentioned in a previous post, flickr is a program that allows users to upload, edit, organise, shape and share their photos, all at the touch of a button. I have enjoyed using flickr and would have loved to have had the opportunity to utilise the program within my current learning environment, however, this was not possible.
Kearsley and Shneiderman (1999) suggest that the fundamental idea underlying engagement theory is that students must be meaningfully engaged in learning activities through interaction with others and worthwhile tasks. They also suggest that the use of technology can facilitate ways in which to promote the engagement factor. With this in mind i have created the following brief scenario of a possible way to include flickr into the classroom.
Students have recently returned from a 2 night camp at a local park, where they encountered many team building activities. Throughout the duration of the camp the learning manager, and the teacher aide, took many photos of each student. Upon return to school, each member of the cohort are asked to choose a selection of 6 photos that they feel captures the epitome of the team spirit. These photos must then be uploaded to flickr and edited using the free image manipulation tool; picnik. I would then ask student to arrange the photos into a PowerPoint and add narration that describes their individual feelings of the positive and negative attributes of such a team building exercise.
During the lessons i would reiterate the importance of copyright procedures and regulations. I must also, once again, state that the use of any technological tool within the classroom must be supported by quality teaching pedagogy to ensure maximum student learning.
Until next time,
Kearsley, G., Shneiderman, B., (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved July 18, 2009, from