I have already explored the wonderful website of Flickr during this university course which I wrote a blog about earlier. I absolutely loved the use of this program and for free of charge - it couldn't get any better.
Due to insufficient time and availability of resources such as computer access this activity can't be completed with my year one class group. However if so the students would set up and create their own personal accounts as instructed on moodle website. (Central Queensland University, 2009). Following through with the previous theme or unit used which is countries, students would have to find and locate famous landmarks pictured on Flickr and upload them to their account/blog. They would then have to explain why they chose this picture and why? Also an explanation on what the iconic landmark or place is and where it is situated. This sort of research could be completed through use of atlases or online search engines or any other possible resources.
I believe this would be a good activity as it would fit within the unit. Yet they are still learning the skills or searching for other pictures, setting up accounts, uploading pictures off a digital camera and providing explanations whilst also using technology sources that have been integrated within. However, at the same time would be extremely challenging for quite a few of the children, as this would be new to all of them, especially setting up their own account. Therefore, it would have to be very teacher guided and teacher direct at the beginning especially whilst setting up. Then throughout teh activity you would provide the students with more opportunity to complete activities by themselves as the learn by doing which has a 75% retention rate. (Active Learning Online, 2000).
Active Learning Online. (2000). Learning Pyramid. Retrieved on 30th July, 2009, from: http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/whyuseal2.htm
Central Queensland University. (2009). Flickr. Retrieved on 13th August, 2009, from: http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=696
Flickr. (2009). Photostream. Retrieved on 30th July, 2009, from: http://www.flickr.com/