Module 3: Working with Photos

Many of you shared with me that you use photos a great deal, either through sharing with families or documenting what’s happening in your classrooms. Here are three tools for using photos. Voicethread and Animoto are great ways for your students to share their knowledge, as well as for you to share photos with families in creative ways. Flickr is a powerful photo library tool that can also be integrated with your blogs.

To complete your work for this week, please choose TWO out of the three to explore. Follow the steps and then comment on this post with your thoughts. As always, please email me or comment on this post for help!


Step 1

Watch this Voicethead ABOUT Voicethreads.

Step 2

View these sample Voicethreads:

Step 3

Read over these ideas for using Voicethread in the classroom:

Step 4

Create a free Voicethread account and try making your own slide show. If you do not have access to a microphone, you can type your comments. Remember, Voicethread has a free iPad and iPhone app that makes it easy to use those device’s built-in microphones.


Step 1

Visit the Animoto for Educators page and read over the features.

Step 2

View the following classroom examples of Animoto presentations. Be sure to click the “full screen” button at the bottom right to view the slideshow in a larger format (see below).

Step 3

Check out some of these Animoto lesson plans.

Step 4

Register for an educational Animoto account and practice making your own Animoto video. Post a link to the video in the comments here. If you have an iPad, be sure to try the terrific Animoto app. It’s free.

Once you have registered, you can apply for a free Pro account, because you are a teacher. Here is a guide to getting started with Animoto for Education.


Step 1

Watch this video, Photo Sharing in Plain English

Read through the General Flickr Questions.

Step 2

Check out the following uses of Flickr in school:

Step 3

Check out the following ways to use Flickr in instruction:

  • Five Card Flickr (students tell stories based on five random Flickr images)
  • Bubblr (students add speech bubbles to Flickr images)
  • Mapr (search for Flickr images from specific places around the world)
  • Phrasr (students find images that illustrate phrases)
  • Bookr (create short photo books with Flickr images)

Step 4

  • Create a free Flickr account for your classroom or yourself. (Note: you are actually creating a Yahoo account, since Yahoo owns Flickr)
  • Try uploading a photo. Add a description, tag, add the photo to a new set.
  • Explore the galleries
  • Explore the world map
  • Try finding the URL of your photo to share

12 thoughts on “Module 3: Working with Photos

  1. This looks/interesting, yet so much for me to take in. I feel as though I need to read it through for comprehension, and then “play” with it at my computer, upstairs or at home.

  2. I can definitely use these tools in the music classroom. Whether it’s me uploading, for example, the recorder songs for the 4th graders – with me walking them through the song and playing it for them (in a VoiceThread), or the 8th graders making their final project (a “soundtrack” to their life”) in Animoto, these tools are quite useful in a music classroom.

      • One way that I can think of off the top of my head would be photographing the students’ work and then having them explain what they did. Or, they could take photos of math in nature, or something else that physically represents a concept.

        • I agree with that concept and I guess that is an extension of what the students already do in class when they show their work on the document camera and explain what they did. If they did it on voicethread it would be different–maybe more polished?

  3. I am working on using animoto to create a short video of the mitzvah (good deed) projects that the 3-5th graders have done. With a lot of luck and with Sue Prihar’s help, I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of the week. Yikes!!
    My question: many people have asked to see or hear segments of a special presentation that the 3rd grade did last week. I’d like the students to record their parts, but since I can’t video the students, themselves (parental permission issues), I thought that they could illustrate a page to go with each of their readings. What would be the best format for this? Thanks!

  4. I explored kerpoof and the youtube editor today. I’m still looking for something that would allow students to create a teaching video for an algorithm or a mathematical concept for other students that wouldn’t require a video camera. Kerpoof doesn’t have math symbols of the sort that I would need.. I wonder if I can use an existing math video and students can edit it to make it more engaging or add explanations. I think voicethread still might be my best bet.

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