I’ve been stewing all week, trying to decide on a theme for this week’s edition. While browsing the Edublogs Awards blog, I discovered a great entry in the Best Audio and/or Visual Blog category called Classroom Displays. The author, Linda Hartley, also runs an accompanying wiki and Flickr group .
This Flickr group inspired me to search for other education related ones, and these groups make up this week’s Friday 5. While I have used Flickr for a year or two to manage photos, I haven't explored it as much as I probably should. It dawned on me while viewing Linda’s group that this is a superb way for people, and teachers in particular, to share their experiences and ideas visually. Take a look and I think you will agree. I would have appreciated seeing examples of other teachers' work when I was new to the profession!
If you are unclear on the Flickr concept, check out these links for a little background info. Also, keep in mind that Flickr membership is free, although I recommend the Pro memberships for added benefits which is a reasonble $25 per year.
Flickr – Wikipedia
MediaMazine: Flickr Tutorial Series http://www.indezine.com/mediamazine/2006/05/flickr-tutorials-series.html
5 Steps to Getting that Flickr Group off the Ground – PaulStamatiou.com
Also, browse the aforementioned Edublogs Award site and you will notice that the Infinite Thinking Machine is nominated for the best group blog category. Consider voting for the ITM as it’s a new project with which I am involved!
1) Montessori Education Flickr Group
This group is not particularly active nor large in terms of membership, but there are a fair amount of pictures to view.
2) e-Artcasting Flickr Group
This project is not directly related to education, but the idea here is document museum visitor’s experiences. I think I am going to add some of my Louvre pictures from last summer to this collection.
3) Educational Bloggers Flickr Group
This group is larger in size with about 160 members, and there seems to be a fair amount of discussion on the group Flickr site.
4) Flickr For Education Group
5) Elementary Art Flickr Group
6) NECC 2006
7) Illinois Technology Conference for Educators Flickr Group
I’m on the organizing committee for this conference, so please excuse another shameless plug. There should be many more photos in this pool in March!