Tag Archive: flickr

Mar 31

From Pre-Analog to Digital Storytelling


David Jakes wrote, “There is a biological basis for visual communication.” in his blog post from 2008.

There are…

  • auditory nerve connections to the brain = 30,000 fibers
  • optical nerve connections to the brain = 1,000,000 fibers (Burmark, 2002)

The optical fibers in the human body are more than 3x the amount of the auditory fibers.  This makes sense as to why vision plays an important role in our lives.

Long ago-

My digital storytelling roots start when I was a kid.  My father had an 8mm camera and then later a Super 8 camera.   I have found memories of getting out the screen and projector in order to watch the silent black and white movies.  I was later impressed when color and audio were also included!

Sound Super Zoom - Super 8 Camera

I also have to admit that I grew up experiencing 35 mm slides shows.  Yes, the kind with two slide projectors so images could fade into the other.  There used a time when I wanted to possess my own two slide projectors so I could make the same type of presentations.

Kodachrome Slideshow

Now with all of the technological advances available today, it easy to create multi-media presentations. Digital storytelling is no longer limited to only those possessing special equipment, but it can now easily be done on your home computer, iPad, cellular phone, etc.  The tools needed to create digital media are readily available and additional content is available through a variety of resources on the Internet.

Great example-

4 Generations: The Waterbuffalo Movie (HD) – I first learned about The Waterbuffalo Movie when reading  David Jakes’ post.  The story and visuals combined with Robert Thompson’s narration and background music create a compelling message.


Student work-

One activity that I do with students towards the beginning of the year is to create a simple puppet show to have students perform their self-introduction. (first graders, beginning level)

This year I was able to try out an iPad 2 for a short time.  I was able to create, edit,  and share a simple story acting out the classroom phrases.  Students enjoyed the  activity and they liked the final product.  Using iMovie on the iPad2 made editing quick and it was easy to incorporate background music to help create a more finished product.

With the fifth grade students having access to either an iPad 2 or a Macbook, a future project could be having the students create their own story about someone famous in Japan.  Students would do the research and gather useful video clips, photographs, maps, and other media.  They would be required to learn about the person’s life and perform a self-introduction as the person.  They could use puppets similar to the ones used in the self-introduction video or it could be something similar to the Common Craft style.  One goal would be to try and show how the person the student selected is/was important to Japan.


Like many other adults, it is amazing to watch my own kids easily taking movies with the iPhone, iPad, or DS.  Out of the blue, my six year old just finished his video of the inside of our house.  My dad started with a super 8 camera.  My son started with an iPhone.  I look forward to seeing what the next generation will have to play with.


Burmark, Lynell. Visual Literacy: Learn to See. See to Learn. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002.

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Mar 28

Visual Literacy in the Classroom–A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

In his blog post David Willows writes:

There is simply too much information these days; too many words and not enough time to read them.

I would agree with David and I appreciate the ability to view his approach to capture the spirit of ISB using key words and photos—A brochure without words.

Doug McIntosh provides a good starting point for those wanting to learn more about visual literacy.  His website offers good links a variety of resources such as ASCD author and educational consultant Lynnell Burmark.  I have always been a big fan of graphic organizers.  I like the visual literacy overview chart created by Steve Moline (below).


An overview poster such as this can help give students options on how they would like to organize their material.  In the language classroom, even students with a limited vocabulary can utilize the key vocabulary that they know to communicate higher level thinking without having to worry about sentence structure, verb tense, and other grammatical points.

While I use visuals on a daily basis to teach and use vocabulary.  These illustrations are often simple line drawings that allow easier and quicker recognition by the students.  In the past, due to the limited amount of instructional time, I may or may not have included the quality of photographs that I desired.  For Hinamatsuri (ひなまつり) or Girl’s Day, I have used various photos acquired from a Google image search.  I have often used the document camera or the computer to zoom in on details of the dolls.  However, an image such as the one below found via Flickr has much more appeal.  In particular, the details of the layered kimono are sharp and clear.  I think this photo would be much more memorable for students.

Thanks go to Viviane Van Esche for her mention of Sliderocket.  I experimented with the site to see what it could offer.  The online presentation software allowed easy access to Flickr pictures that were licensed under Creative Commons.  The layout with the black background also made it easy to view the search results.  Here is a simple series of photos that I found that I could use for my Getting Around Unit (street directions).

I plan on having the students in pairs describe the pictures in Japanese.  Students would take turns saying three statements about each photo.  Students can state where the picture is taken, what the picture is of, what you might do at the location.  More advanced students could compare and contrast (in simple terms) two pictures.

In the future, students will describe routes from their home to the nearest train station or bus stop. One option I would like to offer the students is to be able to use a digital camera to document the key locations where specific directions are needed.

Incorporating visuals with presentations and projects is continually becoming more and more seamless.  I am looking forward to continuing to explore different ways of utilizing these capabilities in the classroom.


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Jan 27

Continuing My Journey on the Internet

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To the left is a visualization of the Internet.  You can see or at least get a feel for how the Internet has an infinite number of branches and connections.






Below is a visualization of my own COETAIL blog website.  While definitely a little more sparse than the previous graphic, I know that compared to an image generated at the end of 2011, the blog connections have grown. 




Made by Marcel Salathe (email me: salathe.marcel AT gmail DOT com)






The chart below tells you what each color stands for.
What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

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Since the start of this COETAIL course, I have signed up and created accounts for a variety of web sites, nings, etc. and I have worked on taking steps to involve myself in those communities/resources.  Here is a short list of some of the areas that I have connected to.  All of the items in the list are hyperlinked to either my individual account or to the group/companies main web page. 







Curriculum 21






After having utilized these resources, I find that this is the professional development opportunity that I have been looking for.  Having two young active boys and working at an international school, finding the time and the appropriate resources that meet my specific needs has been a challenge.  Since the start of the COETAIL course, I feel I now have access or can find ways to access the numerous resources offered on the Internet.  Thank you, Kim Cofino, Adam Clark, Brian Farrell, my fellow COETAIL colleagues, and my future instructors.


While I find that hyperlinking can sometimes lead to distracting from the main content, it is still a useful and powerful tool.  Now easily, a blog entry or anything published electronically, becomes a dynamic document.  The reader is now connected to the various sources to receive a more in-depth look into a topic or the reader gains direct access to the various sources.

Personally, I have found that embedding videos is a good way to incorporate media within a blog post.  It is multi-sensory, interactive, and the reader stays on the page.  As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Now with the ability to create blog posts that can connect the reader to a multitude of pictures, videos, songs, documents, nings, etc., the learning possibilities and the future connections that can be fostered is unlimited.

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For example, now that I have a Twitter account set up, I appreciate the additional resources and information that I can easily tap into.  The flow of information is now directed towards me as I continue to grow my “now following” group to best meet my interests and needs.







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I have now hit my ninety-ninth tweet.  Back in September, I do not think I would have hit this mark after my few initial dabbling with Twitter.  While I realize that in the Twitter world, one hundred is not a big number, for me, it is a mile marker. I have found the tweets useful for me start contributing to my digital community and also to record some of the key resources that I have found interesting or useful.  With Twitter, hyperlinks especially help ease the sharing by keeping things short and sweet.





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My Flickr account and contacts are a resource that I would like to further develop in the near future.  As I continue with blogging, I see the potential for pursuing and incorporating my own interest in photography and video.  Flickr and Compfight have been two good avenues to search for graphics that are licensed through Creative Commons’.  Graphics are a key part of the communication process and these two ways to search the Internet help improve my posts and keep it legal.

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Jan 21

Finding a Balance Between Private and Public

As an educator, I am excited by the possibilities of connecting students to other students around the globe.  I am also excited to expand my own Professional Learning Network (PLN) by reconnecting with former colleagues and making new connections with educators both geographically near and far.

As I work to both contribute and gain from joining online communities and creating my own digital footprint on the Internet, there is still a dynamic relationship between being closed (private) or open (public).  Maintaining openness on the Internet is important to foster new relationships, get honest feedback, etc.  But how much openness jeopardizes an individual to identify theft or other negative consequences?



Interacting on the digital level is still new territory for me, but Jon Kleinberg, a professor of computer science at Cornell University who studies social networks, states it well: “When you’re doing stuff online, you should behave as if you’re doing it in public — because increasingly, it is.”

Social media

Flickr photos

Blog posts

Search engines

All these and more are ways of collecting data on an individual.  It is amazing now how much data can be “mined” from the Internet to put together a profile of an individual.  When thinking about privacy and the Internet, often Facebook comes to mind.

Graphic by Sarah Wheaton

Facebook has changed its privacy settings numerous times.  It is well illustrated in the graphic below.

Graphic attributed to Matt McKeon

(To see the most current version of this graphic:  http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/)


Facebook has different levels or circles of privacy where a user’s information can be stored.




Friends of Friends

All Facebook users

The Entire Internet

photo by Mr. Greenjeans


When trying to relate online privacy to the brick and mortar world, I make the connection to a gated community or a school.  Once in a community, you are connected to your neighbors and you have access to the community and facilities.  When joining a new community, you agree to the rules and regulations set by the group in order to receive these privileges.  It is crucial to know that the community that you are about to enter is well established, has good reputation, and is trustworthy.  It is also important to thoroughly read your agreement before committing since you will be held responsible.  The same goes for online communities.

While user agreements can be lengthy, some points that can help a reader focus are the following:

  • Start at the end
  • Can an account be cancelled?
  • Who owns the data?
  • Does the website participate in seal programs such as the Better Business Bureau, Truste, or Verisign

When I did an Internet search of myself a while ago, I was surprised that my Facebook information was coming up in the search.  Since I keep my Facebook account primarily for non-work related, I immediately went to Facebook and changed my settings from open to everyone on the Internet to only friends.  I performed a search again, and the Facebook entries did not appear.  Knowing that privacy settings can change and knowing how privacy settings can drastically change how much information everyone on the Internet has access too is crucial when trying to maintain a certain level of privacy.




By creating two accounts in Facebook, for example, I can attempt to separate my personal and professional life.

Private account Professional account
Searchability Only within Facebook Available to all search engines
User information Only available to friends Available to all search engines

When considering privacy online, it is best to think of activities on the Internet not being private.  In the article, “How Privacy Vanishes Online,” Steve Lohr  makes the actions of the large search engines apparent.  While search engine companies argue that data recorded about user searches helps the consumer, it is surprising to find that the data stored is for six to eighteen months.   During that time, how the data is utilized and who has access to the data are two big questions that need to be asked on a regular basis.

Yahoo-90 days (18 months beginning in July 2011)

Bing (formerly MSN/Windows Live)-6 months

Google-9 months

As way of avoiding any data being gathered, a company named Startpage (www.startpage.com) created a search engine that does not record users’ IP addresses at all.  The company concluded, “If the data is not stored, users privacy can’t be breached.”

I was also surprised to find that it was recommended to keep e-mail and browser information separate as a way of not giving one company a large amount of user data—search inquiries plus e-mail data could provide a substantial amount of data to make inferences from.

“Personal privacy is no longer an individual thing.  In today’s online world, what your mother told you is true, only more so: people really can judge you by your friends.”  Harold Abelson, computer science professor at M.I.T.

There is a whole lot of truth to Abelson’s statement.  When I do an image search for my name, the top results come from pictures that I my friend posted.  So I can take steps to keep my personal information, private, but making sure my friends and acquaintances do the same is not as easy.

On the classroom side of things, I had one student recently ask me about a letter that he was writing to send off to his sister-school buddy.  I explained that he could include information about his hobbies, interests, and family.  The student was very open about being hesitant to give details about himself and his family.  I later explained that the letter that was going to be sent would be in hard copy format and not electronically.  Once I informed the student of this, he was much more ready to share basic personal information.

While privacy settings may be in place, knowing that information posted on the Internet, can easily be made available to everyone on the Internet status due to policy changes, a slipped click of the mouse, etc.   Therefore, posting thoughtfully and as if it were an act in public is a good filter to use.  It is now easier and faster to reach out and connect to people than ever imagined.  In the end, balancing openness with privacy is something that we must come to terms with as individuals.   It is easy to be safe and lock myself in my own insular home or community, but to venture out and engage in new learning communities is enticing and the future of education.


Photo/Graphic Credits:

Facebook Privacy Graphic-Matt McKeon  (To see the most current version of this graphic:  http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/)

Gate image-Mr. GreenJeans  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaylon/124507320/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Mark Zuckerberg Graphic-Sarah Wheaton  http://www.flickr.com/photos/graycious17/5574919554/in/pool-1604084@N20/

interior door http://www.furni-ture.com/tag/latest-interior-doors

interior door http://babyarka.com/2011/10/07/living-room-modern-interior-doors/

Reference/Additional Resources:

Grant, Kevin Douglas. “Privacy on the Internet”. Neon Tommy. November 13, 2010.  http://www.neontommy.com/news/2010/11/obama-administration-finally-acting-web-privacy

Lohr, Steve. “How Privacy Vanishes Online”. New York Times. March 16, 2010.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/technology/17privacy.html

Miller, Claire Cain.  “Google’s New Search Results Raise Privacy and Antitrust Concerns”.  New York Times. January 19, 2012  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/googles-new-search-results-raise-privacy-and-antitrust-concerns/?scp=3&sq=privacy&st=cse

Perez, Sarah. “The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now”. ReadWriteWeb. January 20, 2010.  http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_3_facebook_settings_every_user_should_check_now.php

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse  http://www.privacyrights.org/

Truste  http://www.truste.com/privacy-program-requirements/


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