5-A-1–Flickr in the Classroom: Let me tell you a story…

5319357887_7841323e7b_bTiidmaa, E. (n.d.). Mystical [Photograph found in Flickr]. In Mystical. Retrieved July 15, 2016, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/egely/(Originally photographed 2010, September 17)

Flickr is ripe with creative opportunities for the writer. In his article, A Thousand Words: Writing from Photographs, Casey N. Cep discusses that his phone camera has to a great extent replaced his writer’s notebook. He uses the images that he captures to remind him of research that he wants to do, essay ideas that he plans to write, and inspiration for ideas that he hadn’t previously had; it is an archive of his day-to-day life and fodder for his career as a writer.

This is how I plan to use Flickr in my classroom with my students:a reservoir for inspired ideas, an archive of their own writing ideas, and an agglomeration to share with and stimulate their peers’ writing.

Photographs like the one above would be thought-provoking and inspiring images to begin to build a storyline around. This photograph could be the beginning of a lesson about how starting in the middle of the action of a story can immediately draw a reader in. Such a lesson could get the students considering: What is happening now? what happened to get the individuals to this place? What will happen next?

Using a Flickr account the student could take pictures with their own device and upload to their camera roll. These pictures could be pictures of ideas for stories, poems, research, essays, and could also help students to think metaphorically or analytically.

On the Weebly site, pictures are joined with writing prompts. Students could use their camera roll and a photo editing program or app to create and share their own writing prompt ideas.

A rich source that my students and I can definitely use as a writing tool in my classroom: Flickr.

Cep, C. N. (2014, February 26). A Thousand Words: Writing from Photographs. Retrieved July 15, 2016, from http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-thousand-words-writing-from-photographs

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