SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2013

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@r+ The new Flickr David Gran I n an earlier article about student portfolios, I mentioned the photosharing site Flickr (flickr.com) as a good option for showcasing artwork. However, I was only able to scratch the surface of why this is my top choice for both photo and image sharing. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my "Five Favorite Functions of Flickr." Since then, there have been major changes to the site and given its recent redesign and update, it seems like a good time to revisit both the site and the impressive functions it features. Space Of greatest significance, Flickr now allows all users a free terabyte of information. That means if your students are documenting their work with a tenmegapixel camera, they can each share 350,000 of their best pieces. Of course, that's assuming that each student gets his or her own account. If they're sharing a class account, of course they'll have to be more conservative with how much work they put online. Annotation Flickr is a great way to open up an online conversation about art. The notes function allows you and your students to comment on a selected 20 December 2013 SchoolArts feature or section of your image. For example, Dr. Beth Harris of Smarthistory (smarthistory.khanacademy.org) uses Flickr to organize a discussion about an artwork through annotations and comments. You can see the various comments about specific elements of the Merode Altarpiece (flickr.com/ photos/ha112/901660) as you hover your mouse over the image, while more in-depth comments about the piece are contributed at the bottom. You can add these notes by clicking the "add note" icon above the image. Group Challenge At the top of the page, you'll see a tab for "Communities," under which you'll find a link for "Groups." Groups allow you to collaborate in the creation of a themed photo set. This could be used within the classroom for students to post images for a particular project, or used to create a collaborative space for images collected from school and others. Our school photo club, for example, has a group pool of photos at flickr.com/ groups/sasphotographyclub where our students and teachers alike can show off their favorite work. Slide Shows One of my favorite functions of Flickr is the ability to create slide shows. Once you've organized your content into sets, you can click the slide show button in the top right corner of the screen and watch your pictures fade in and out in all their full-screen glory. Even better, if you keep a blog or a website, you can embed your slide show using the "share" button that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the active slide show. Flickr Stackr Although this technically isn't a feature of Flickr, I would be remiss to leave it out. Flickr Stackr (ipont.jubilo. ca/ip/flickstackr) is an excellent iPad app that allows you to organize and view your Flickr collection quickly and elegantly. It is also my go-to app for bringing my photos from my collection for further editing with my favorite iPad editing apps. These are just a few of Flickr's features. There are many ways to share and store photos online, but with all its various ways to display and share, Flickr rises above the rest. David Gran teaches high school art and film classes at the Shanghai American School in China and is the author of The Carrot Revolution, a blog about twentyfirst-century art education (carrot revolution.blogspot.com. dsgran@yahoo.com

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