Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Flickr Fun

The makers of Flickr (2009) suggest they had two main goals when developing this website:

  • help people make their content available to the people who matter to them.

  • enable new ways of organising photos and video.
I found the process of setting up a Flickr account actually quite difficult, and am finding myself still trying to navigate the site. However, the time taken to upload my photo was extremely fast and I can imagine that this would be a great source for people who had tonnes of photos and videos to store, especially with limited hard-drive space.
After a while, I realised that I could spend hours on this site, looking at pictures that people have posted, there are some amazing images which could be incorporated into any unit of work.
Flickr would be a wonderful way to involve parents in their childrens' school lives, by posting photos of them completing work, school excursions, sports days, you name it. Parents would be able to create a free account and keep track of their childs' progress.

"In Australia we are entering an important new era in relation to schools. We have the 'education revolution' and as part of that a growing recognition of the importance of parental engagement and the importance of more authentic partnerships between home, school and the broader community to support children's learning." (Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau, 2009).

With our hectic lifestyles, parents often do not have the time to physically be in the classroom with their children. Flickr offers an alternative by providing busy parents with visual evidence of their child's school life.
Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau. (2009). Parents: Involved in Schooling and Engaged in Learning. ACSSO / APC project. [Electronic resource] ( Retrieved 16 August 2009.

1 comment:

  1. Erin, you raised some great points on the uses of flickr as a resource bank. However I see a danger in providing parents with a way to view their childs work online. Seems to me it is another way of disassociating parents from their childs schooling. After all, I believe having parent involvement in the classroom and program is an important aspect in their child's learning.