Accessing on-line resources gives the learning manager scope to not only customise the learning experiences but provides unlimited material with which learners can express themselves. Flickr provides those resources in the form of an image bank (photos) and storage and distribution capabilities. Unlike Google Images where it is possible to download copy written material, Flickr provides public use images. Students can search the banks for suitable images for their presentations or as ideas for their own material. It is both a teaching delivery technology and a student centred one.
In comparing Flickr to a site like Google Images (GI) it would seem that GI is quicker and easier to access. There seem to be more professional photos on Flickr so it might be better for a more specialised search but the sheer volume on GI means quicker searches. It would seem teacher research would be better suited to GI and student searches could be better regulated on Flickr.
Another point about Flickr is how American centric the material is, I searched for “Australian Politics” and there were no matches so only generic searches can be made on this site.
A teaching experience would be to download photos from these image banks then let students manipulate those images using Picnik, Fodey or other software to create new images. This would demonstrate “the capacity to form connections between sources of information, and thereby create useful information patterns, (as) is required to learn in our knowledge economy.” as stated by Siemens (2004).
Siemens, G. (2004) Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved August 13 2009 http://www.connectivism.ca