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Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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The #1 ..... (site for royalty free photos)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.
Flickr CC - Storm

Nowadays, it is imperative that teachers provide rich content and context when giving lessons. Pictures are essential and beyond your own picture portfolio - you should have a digital portfolio. Flickr CC has amazing photos and instantly they can be searched (try "transportation" for example) and easily selected. Right click and click "save as" to download the picture onto your computer for use.

Find a list of other royalty free sites through Larry Ferlazzo's - Best Online sources of Photos. [ I recommend checking out Pictures4Learning and Stockxchng.

Enjoy and please share your presentations on EFL Classroom 2.0!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 4:31am
I just checked out Flickr Storm and it is great with a wonderful interface- but the number of photos it brings up is rather small - 92 total. I didn't see a way to search for more. Refreshing the window brought up the same images. 92 sounds like a lot, but it really isn't if you are looking for that "just right" pic.

Another option is comfight... it also searches for CC license, and opens up with safe search on (though you can turn it off)... always a concern with schools!

Comfight opens up many more images. Both sites have their pluses, I'd keep both in mind when working in the classroom!

Comment by ddeubel on January 8, 2010 at 4:39am

It depends on your search term. I'll check out Comfight but I recommend FlickrCC because the photos it brings up are rich in context. For example - too often teachers (me included) don't put the object/term in context. For example. I search for spoon. It is much better to show a spoon on a table, in a kitchen than just the spoon alone. It may seem like a small point but I think it is important..... But Larry's list has a lot and I've always had success with Pictures 4 Learning when needing....

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 4:46am
The 92 photos is a limit of the program, David, at least from what I could see ( :D). It didn't matter what term I put in, it maxes out at about 92 (I think)

Check out the differences with comfight. There is a visual simplicity to storm that might be particularly appealing for little ones... I don't know, I haven't worked with little ones on the computer in a long time! But the limitations in results might be frustrating for even older elementary students. Hard to tell without testing with students (instead of just in my head!!)
Comment by Cristina Milos on January 8, 2010 at 4:58pm
All these great links (I also checked Larry's blog) make me rethink our Photo Club, Ellen...We would need hours and hundreds of photos to achieve our goal. :P
Thank you for sharing, David (I only knew about Flickr CC)

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 8:11pm
We would need hours and hundreds of photos to achieve our goal. :P

I think it might be hundreds of hours, thousands of pictures, Cristina! Maybe we need to rethink our goal? (What was our goal? :D)

Maybe it's as simple as me showing you what I've collected, you showing me what you've collected, and if others with photo collections join, they do it to. I think that last sentence should be acted out in an EFL classroom!

Oh well, plug along, see what we get... but there sure are a lot of photos out there!

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 10:12pm
Cristina, I just checked out Larry's list more thoroughly... daunting.

As an aside, one resource I always tend to forget about until it comes up in a search is Wikipedia Commons. Often I can find higher resolution images there that aren't readily available anywhere else. Why would you need such high resolution images? In case you want to take it to the camera store with the on-the-spot printing, and print out a big image to put on your wall.

Ok, I haven't done that yet, but I'm planning to... with my income, how else am I going to get art on my walls? Here's one I found today that is worthy (click for full 4400 x 3000 px):

Katsushika Hokusai

Astounding, and free! I feel a blog post coming on...

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 10:32pm
One more aside to Cristina... I've been thinking (even before looking through Larry's list!) that maybe we should change the focus to photography resources for the classroom... more towards the types of photography out there (panoramas, microphotography, very high resolution, etc) and the best places to find the best examples. It's almost the same, but less emphasis on developing a collection... more on enabling teachers who are less inclined to spend their free time searching for free art to find great images themselves.

For example, one of the best places to find nature photographs is National Geographic. Make one slideshow to prove the point, add a little review/how to get the most out of the site, and move on.

What do you think?

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