All in a picture

Images can be so powerful, as Murcha suggests in this week’s Teacher Blogging Challenge. And I completely agree – as you can probably tell from the number of posts I have done on using images.

So here are another two websites which are great for using images in your classroom.

Flickr Poet

Flickr story

Simply write your poem (or it will work with a sentence also) into the text box and it converts the text into photos. It is fabulous to see the poem come alive with photos sourced from Flickr.

5 Card Flickr

Flickr 5 story

On the other side of this you can take a series of randomly selected images and turn these into a story using 5 card flickr.  On this site you select one picture from a group of five (repeat this to select up to 5 images).  Then you can write and submit a story related to the randomly drawn photos.

Both of these are great tools for encouraging writing in the classroom. You could use both sites – make a poem using 5 card flickr and transfer it to Flickr poet.  It would be interesting to see if any of the same images come up!

How do you use images in your writing?

Do you have any experiences to share from using these sites?

6 thoughts on “All in a picture”

  1. Hi Mel, thank you for sharing these two great sites. I did not know that they existed. However, I do like flickr and use it for my online storage of photos. (Although I never seem to catch up). Have you ever had any problems with inappropriate images appearing? Is this site blocked in your school? I assume that students can use these sites without needing a username and password.
    I shall be sharing this with some of the teachers are our school as I am sure they will make use of them.
    One year I encouraged my students to have a photography page and regularly upload photos to it. One of our students who was not good with writing and reading, took the most amazing photos. That is another reason I love technology. Every student will be good at something. Thanks again for sharing. How did you find out about them?

    1. @Murcha

      Thanks for your comment. There are so many wonderful sites out there, that’s for sure!

      I haven’t yet come across any ‘hinky’ pictures but it is something we talk about in our classroom all of the time. We often compare it to finding a rude picture in a magazine in Art. The students in my class know to either navigate away from the page they are on or tell the teacher what they have found. Sometimes we will also let the website know if we come across something that is not suitable and I think it is important hat kids can do that if they feel it is inappropriate. UNfortunately it is something we have to think about – especially with the amount of advertising on many of the free sites.


  2. Hi Mel, Murch pointed me in the direction of your blog and I have loved it. I have linked some of your suggested image sites, to the links section of my blog. I have always been tentative about sourcing images without copyright, particularly high quality images and your suggestions have helped solve that dilemma. I have enjoyed reading your thoughts on using images in blogging and I plan on using all these ideas this year. Thanks again and well done.

  3. Hi Mel

    I didn’t know about Flickr Poet – what a great site! I’m sure I’ll be spending time there. Actually, I must check if Flickr is accessible for our students before I get too carried away!!

    Kim 🙂

    1. @Kim
      It is great isn’t it. Flickr is not accessible to our kids but we can access it through this and five card flickr also. I haven’t come across any ‘hinky’ photos yet either but am always cautious!


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