Category Archives: Web 2.0

Sharing Flickr Images via Twitter and Facebook

Finding and using images on photo sharing sites like Flickr can offer endless opportunities for educational purposes. See my previous post  for ideas and suggestions. Sharing images on social networks is a great way to have students view them. Here is a quick tutorial for finding and sharing images via Twitter and Facebook.

Hint: First create a Twitter account and/or  Facebook page or group that you can use for teaching.

1.  Go to Flickr. Search for images.

2. Notice the share options that are at the top of the image.

3.  To share on your facebook page, click the FB icon. Next, your share options will open. You can also write a message.

4.  When you are ready, click “Share Link”.

5. To share on Twitter, find your image. Next, click on the “Twitter icon”.

6. The following screen will pop up with the URL for the image already to share. You can add text to the twitter message if you wish. It is that easy!

Give it a try!


Flickr Fun for Education

Using a photo sharing site like Flickr can provide unlimited opportunities to integrate photos into teaching and learning. Whether you are teaching online or in traditional settings, having access to literally millions of images can provide creative opportunities for educational purposes. Here are a few ways that images and the site itself can be used.

1. Current Events: Images regarding current events can be shared for discussion.

For example, images from the recent floods in Thailand may offer compelling items for a current events lesson.

2. Writing prompts: Images can be used in writing for brainstorming or for writing prompts.

For example, what story might this image inspire?

3. Math: Images can be used to investigate geometric shapes. For example, you could use the following images to discuss angles.

4. History: What about finding images to spark historical inquiry? What questions might be generated from a few selected images?

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5. Science: How can Flickr be used in science education? A post on Quest (from Northern California)  gives many ideas related to integrating images into science.

For example, images of the metamorphosis of a butterfly could viewed.

The possibilities for using images are endless. Virtual field trips, teacher and student presentations, and current events are just a few other ways to use images from photo sharing sites. Flickr also offers a “commons” area where photo downloads are free and all individuals can use them.  You can also access photos from NASA, the White House, and other libraries and government agencies.

Students can also upload their own photos to create portfolios or to demonstrate their own knowledge and understanding of a subject area or to share other important concepts.

Twitter 101: Twitter basics on how to get started

To Tweet or not to Tweet…

I have to confess that as an early adopter, I jumped to create a Twitter account. However, I was a bit confused for awhile about the benefits of Twitter. I created a Twitter account and waited and waited and waited for something to happen. Nothing did. I did not get Twitter at all and almost abandoned my account (ctak10).


However, I decided to not give up and really investigate how to use Twitter. I did some more reading, tried some new things, and low and behold I discovered that Twitter is an amazingly helpful application.  As an educational technologist, I have found Twitter to be my most helpful tool to learn new and important upcoming technology innovations and to also stay connected and learn from other educators.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a microblogging  tool. When you use Twitter to post, you are limited to 140 characters. A post is a “tweet”.  You can tweet and receive other tweets from your computer and also from a mobile device.

Twitter Followers

Following others on Twitter is the critical point of Twitter. Getting the most out of Twitter requires you to think carefully about the topics you are interested in. If you hope to gain new ideas and insights about a topic, it is important that you find those people on Twitter. For example, I want to hear more about social media technology, educational technology and elearning. Therefore, I intentionally seek out and follow people who are posting ideas, links, and posts about the topics I am interested in. When I first started, I didn’t know to do this.  I created my account and waited. I learned through my research that I needed to find others to follow. But how?

How do I find people to follow on Twitter?

This is what makes Twitter valuable. If you are looking to follow a certain type of person on Twitter, it can be a bit tricky at first. For example, let’s say you want to follow, “Higher Education Business Faculty”. This will take a bit of work when using the Twitter search feature. The good news is that there are a number of websites and applications that can support effective Twitter searches. I have included links to these sites.

Once you have found someone you think you would like to follow, I would recommend that you do the following:

1. Click on the Twitter account.

2. Review a number of the “Tweets” from the profile.

How often is the person posting? You may not want to follow someone who posts 20 times a day as this can make it hard to see the posts from others that you are following. What is the person posting about? I am interested in the insights into the topics that people I am following can provide. I am not interested in following people who are posting that they just ate a bowl of clam chowder for lunch or that they just visited the ATM!  Check out her website. Many people on Twitter have a website. Look right under the profile picture for a link and check it out. Does the website provide more insights for you? Is the website related to the topics you are interested in learning more about?

Creating your Twitter Account

Here is a helpful video on creating your Twitter account by Mike Hobbs. Don’t forget to turn on your sound.

After reviewing the video, create your Twitter account at Make sure you save your name and password in a safe place.

Practice posting your first tweet!

Post a short phrase in the “Compose new Tweet” box. Hit the “Tweet” box. You have tweeted! You will notice that you will have 0 followers and 0 people following you. You will also see that you have 1 update.

Finding followers

Next, seek out people to follow. Here are a couple of ways to start. I recommend that you follow TWENTY people to start. 20 is a nice manageable number that gives you a feel for twitter and how it works.

Here are a few different ways to find people to follow.

1. Log in to your Twitter account. At t he top of your page you will see “Find People”. Click this link and type in some terms. Next on the Twitter page, below your profile picture, you will see a white search box. This is a good place to search for topics. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Twitter home page. You will see a search link. Click on the link and type in a topic, region, or person you would like to follow.

2. “Twitter follow” websites:

A. PB Twitter4teachers

Many educators on twitter have joined this site. Scroll through the categories to find someone to follow. Once you find a person that you might want to follow, click on the profile and click follow. You are now following their Twitter updates.

B. Twitterrati

This is a great blog post that offers a review of five tools for following people. You can check out each of the links provided to see if you can find people who share your interests.

C. Twitterpacks

Twitter packs provided links to educators on Twitter. It has an especially robust category for ELL teachers.  There are a number of  links to other categories.

D. WeFollow

Enter a “tag” (topic) you want to follow. Find people and click follow.

How do I keep track of  tweets?

One thing I learned very quickly is that I needed an application to help me stay on top of the tweets.  You should not feel the need to thoroughly examine every tweet posted by the people you are following. Instead, you should occasionally skim the postings and follow through when something looks interesting. Here are a few ways to follow tweets.

1. You can log in to your twitter account to track postings.

2. You can download “TwitterFox”. If you use Mozilla Fire Fox as your browse tool, Twitterfox makes following twitter very easy to use. Remember, that this only works if you are using firefox. If you are using Explorer as your browse tool it won’t work.

2. You can download TweetDeck. Tweet Deck is downloaded to your computer. It is free and easy to use.

There are hundreds of applications for Twitter but I have started with a few that I have found to be fairly simple and easy to use.

Follow these steps and soon you too will be tweeting on Twitter!