Quite a few readers have been asking why Flickr not Picasa or Photobucket. With any luck this last post in our Flickr series will help explain as I demonstrate some of the creative ways Flickr can be used.
Creating Cool Stuff From Your Flickr Photos
One of the best aspects of Flickr is they allow outside (“third party”) applications or websites to communicate and exchange information with Flickr. This means you use public Flickr data like photos, video, tags in new and different ways plus easily search for creative commons images.
My favorite websites for creating cool stuff from Flickr Photos include:
- Dumpr – check out this slideshow or my Dumpr flickr set to see what the images looked like before and after modifying using the different Dumpr tools
- Big Huge Labs fd’s Flickr Toys – check out this slideshow or my fd’s flickr toy set to see what the images looked like before and after modifying using a few of the different fd’s flickr toy tools. Note: Photobucket also links easily to fd’s Flickr Toys
- Picnik – photo can be edited directly on Flickr using Picnik
- Spell with Flickr – how cool is this writing with Flickr?
Using A Unique Tag To Bring Flickr Photos Together
For more information on tags and tagging refer back to Quick Start Tips For New Flickr Users: Part I.
For example, by using the unique tag educhristmas08 educators shared photos of how Christmas and the holidays were celebrated in their part of the World which was then embedded as a SlideShow into a blog post.
- There is a trick to embedding code into blog post so that it embeds properly and doesn’t cause problems in Internet Explorer.
- Follow the same steps outlined for embedding videos when embedding any code into blog posts!
Locating Creative Commons Images
Flickr is a popular source for finding creative commons images due to:
- the quantity and quality of creative commons images hosted on Flickr
- “third party” websites that make searching Flickr images fast and easy
Popular tools for searching Flickr creative common images include:
Copyright and creative commons are important topics that you need to teach your students. Here are some posts that may help:
- Copyright and Using Images in Blog Posts
- Finding and Adding Creative Commons Images To Your Blog Posts
Take the time to explore Flickr thoroughly for yourself because it has so many excellent features which I haven’t be able to cover. If you are an experienced Flickr user – please let me know if I missed any important aspects.
The other posts from this series are:
- Quick Start Tips For New Flickr Users: Part I – setting up your account
- Quick Start Tips For New Flickr Users: Part II – using as part of your personal learning network (PLN)
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