To introduce you to sharing photos online and to describe some ways that you can it in class.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to
1. Upload your photos to Flickr
2. Tag your photos so that you can find them later
3. Create sets to organise your photos
4. Edit your photos online by cropping and rotating them

1. What is Flickr?
2. Educational focus
3. Ideas for practice
4. Sign up for Flickr
5. Add photos to your Flickr account
6. Reflection
7. Evaluation
8. Useful links

1. What is photo sharing?
Visit the Web 2.0 Survival Guide entry on photosharing

Check out Flickr's tour
  • Store your photographs on the web
  • Edit and organise your photos
  • Share your photos
  • Use maps to show people where you took your photos
  • Make cards, books, framed prints, DVDs
  • Make slideshows and mashups with music, special effects and captions
  • Create group albums

2. Educational focus
  • Analysis and synthesis
  • Communication and knowledge sharing
  • Visualisation
  • Object sharing
  • Storing and managing information
  • Presentation and dissemination

3. Ideas for practice
  • Ask students to build and share individual portfolios around class topics.
  • Break the class up into small groups that each have to produce a group album on a particular course theme. Ask them to present their album to the rest of the class as part of an oral presentation assignment.
  • Ask students to edit their photos and explain their editorial choices.
  • Ask students to find or post a picture of the week that encapsulates for them the course theme. Get them to explain their choice in relation to key concepts for the course or topic.
  • Embed slideshows into your class blog and ask students to post comments. Be specific about the types of thing they should be commenting on.
  • Get students to create slideshows of photos that reflect particular elements of course themes. Ask them to present their slideshow in class and to demonstrate the links they’ve made with course content.
  • Explore issues of intellectual property and copyright with students. Tell them to research the different Creative Commons licences that many images are distributed under.
  • Use photo sharing to teach students the importance of copyright and how to source royalty-free images.
  • Photo sharing can also be used to teach students about the assumptions we make about others. For example, get students to visit photos tagged ‘glitter’ or ‘bmx’ or whatever. Ask them to reflect on the immediate assumptions they make about the person who posted the photo: their age, gender, ethnicity, other interests, etc. Use this as a prompt for in-class or discussion group conversations about identity, stereotypes, self-representation, etc.


  • Make sure students know how to source identify the terms of use for each individual photo they want to use. Sites such as Flickr make explicit the type of licence that images are distributed under.
  • On your own part, make sure you know what Creative Commons means and how it works. Similarly, you also might want to revisit the basics of copyright in Australia and how they apply to your class situation.
4. Set up an account with Flickr
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ESSENTIAL! Write down or remember these things:*

  1. Your username
  2. Your web address/URL
  3. Your password
  4. The email address you used to create this account

*You will need your username and password to sign in to your blog in the future. If using WordPress, you will be able to access your blog in the future by either
  1. Visiting your blog's web address and signing in under the 'Meta' area, or
  2. Visiting wordpress.com and signing in via the WordPress main page

You will not be able to change your username or web address later; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.

5. Add photos to your Flickr account
Explore Flickr! You can't break it :)
  • Upload some photos to Flickr
  • Click on your photo and add some tags
  • Organise your photos by creating sets
  • Go back to your photostream, click on a photo, and edit it online: crop it, rotate it, change the colours and exposure

6. Reflection

  • What applications can you see for this in your work, teaching or research?
  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

7. Evaluation
Helpful or not? Let us know your thoughts.

8. Useful links

Flickr for education (Flickr group)

Photosharing to support student achievement

Putting the pedagogy in the tools

Photosharing in plain English

Flickr's tour

Creative Commons

Copyright basics (Australia)