October 10, 2012

Using Flickr in the Classroom

Filed under: Uncategorized — by kschreckengost @ 10:16 pm

This is the perfect week for me to discuss how I would use Flickr in the classroom! For the past four days, I have been in San Diego, California on a business trip with my husband. During these four days, I have had a chance to visit some truly amazing places. This is my first trip to the west coast and the first time I’ve ever seen the Pacific Ocean.

As an educator, I have been having a field day capturing images of historic downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp district, Petco Park, the Maritime museum, the Navy base with its amazing fleets, the beautiful Pacific Ocean views, views of the Mexican border, and the amazing sea life along the coast (sea lions and seals in particular that are so new and different for me, a Western Pennsylvanian, to see in their natural environment). 


Thank goodness for technology. With the iPhone and the iPad, my children and I have been able to keep in touch via FaceTime and iMessaging. It has been amazing! While I have been away, my mother, a 35 year veteran of the PA public school system, has been filling in for me as the educator for my children. Along with their routine school work, I have been sending them numerous pictures and videos of San Diego and its’ surrounding areas. We have discussed so much this week and most of our discussion has centered around the pictures that I have sent them.

Learning about Flickr this week has given me a great idea to compile a slide show of the pictures that I have taken and annotate them for a discussion with the kids when I get home. After reading chapter 7 of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, by Will Richardson, I learned that I could integrate Google Earth and Google Maps into my presentation so that I am able to open up exactly where my picture was taken using Google Earth.

Here’s a step-by-step guide as to how I integrated the Google Earth feature. First, I knew that I wanted to show the kids where I took the pictures of the seals and sea lions while on my trip in CA, so the first thing I did was to type “La Jolla Cove” into the search line at Google Maps ( Google Maps took me to the exact spot I was looking for on a California map. Next, I clicked on the “link” button at the top right of the map. A URL for the page appeared giving me the latitude and longitude information that I needed to add to my Flickr tags. This information was located after the letters “ll” in the Google Maps address. For La Jolla Cove, it looked like this: ll=32.849483,-117.273328.

Once I’d located all of the above information, I then went back to the photo of the seals and sea lions that I took at La Jolla Cove and added the tags that showed the coordinates Google Maps had given me. I used the following form: geo:lat=32.849483 for the latitude tag and geo:lon=-117.273328 for the longitude tag. After adding a third tag called “geotagged,” I was done except for adding the following comment in the comments section on my Flickr page:

Click on <a href=>this link</a> to see this picture in <a href=>Google Earth!</a>

The above comment had to be written exactly as is stated above.

Once I published this comment, I just clicked on the link, and Google Earth opened up and showed me exactly where my photo was taken. Neat, right? I couldn’t have asked for better timing on learning how to use this amazing Flickr feature!

Check out my actual Flickr photo of the “Seals at La Jolla Cove” and make sure to check out my Google Earth link by clicking here:



  1. This is amazing! Having been to San Diego and La Jolla before, I can almost picture what an awesome use of Flickr this would be. I was looking at using pictures already on Flickr and never thought of using my own and adding Google Earth. I might have to try this with my old Ireland photos…we are taking a group of students to Ireland in 2014 and this would be an awesome way to show them what all they will see while we are there!

    Comment by Dawn Frye — October 11, 2012 @ 4:16 pm |Reply

  2. You have to love it when opportunity and need coincides. It’s great that you had the opportunity to visit San Diego. How fun for your children to be able to ‘follow’ mom on her trip. And… What a great educational experience for them. Great job.

    On a personal note, I like your trip to San Diego better than mine when I went there for Navy boot camp in 1969!

    Comment by cjudas — October 12, 2012 @ 2:34 am |Reply

  3. Really like your idea of a virtual field trip. Something like this really opens up the world to students. San Diego is a fun place and I can image kids in PA thinking about what it is like in California, especially in the winter time. Your virtual field trip may inspire some of these kids to want to travel. I also think it is a great way to model how they might be able to produce their own virtual field trip. You may have your students create their own virtual field trip using local sites.

    Comment by robertreedut11 — October 12, 2012 @ 4:53 am |Reply

  4. Wow guys! So many of you have some neat personal ties to CA. Thank you all for the wishes for a fond trip. It was beautiful. I’m happy to be back home though. 🙂
    Claire, wow, I tip my hat to you and thank you for serving our country! The Navy base and aircraft carriers were one of my favorite parts of my trip.

    Comment by kschreckengost — October 13, 2012 @ 7:23 pm |Reply

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